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The Lost World | [Michael Crichton]

The Lost World

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.
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Publisher's Summary

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

But there are rumors that something has survived.

©1996 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 Books on Tape

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"Harrowing thrills...fast-paced and engaging." (People)
"Action-packed." (New York Daily News)
"Fast and gripping" (The Washington Post Book World)

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    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 08-21-12
    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 08-21-12
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    "So much better than the movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is nothing like the movie. After finishing the book i saw the movie again and maybe 5% of the book was used in the movie. Not even the major plot is the same.

    If you liked the first movie and the first book definitely read this book. It is very detailed and keeps the listener interested all the way through


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cage 05-17-12
    Cage 05-17-12

    I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!

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    "Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here..."

    This is a fantastic sequel to Jurassic Park! Great technical discussions, a fun, exciting story, (which had minor flaws, as other reviewers have pointed out), but it's about dinosaurs!! If you can suspend your disbelief when it comes to the dinosaurs, then why harp on the character's flaws? Go with it!
    My brother got this for me when it first came out, and I loved it so much, I have since read almost all of Crichton's other novels. And if you have seen the movie, please don't let its lousiness detract you. This novel is not like the movie at all. And it's got Dodgson, a much better villain than the 25 Marlboro men and Hammond's nephew that were in the movie,(and nowhere in the book.) With all due respect Mr.Spielberg, exactly which parts of this book did you actually read?
    Scott Brick, you are the man, please do an unabridged version of Jurassic Park, so I can enjoy an audiobook of the only Crichton novel that is possibly better than this one.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 07-28-09
    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 07-28-09 Member Since 2010

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    "Diving into the Lost World"

    I am finding this audio book to be intriguing. I have seen some mediocre reviews of Michael Crichton's work, but I definitely do not agree. If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, jump on in as I did. Even though the book was published in 1996 it has not become outdated and I have found it to be far better than the Jurassic Park movies.

    I listen to this while I am driving. The narrator reads clearly and smoothly. His voice is easy to listen to, and his tone is excellent.

    Definitely a great listen!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sara North Charleston, SC, United States 11-30-13
    Sara North Charleston, SC, United States 11-30-13
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    "I wish the MOVIE was just like the book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

    Everything about this story was fabulous! It was a "page turner", pardon the pun, but you never wanted to pause this book! I am a paleo-geologist and have been in love with the Jurassic series since the movie came out in 1993. I finally now have finished the Lost World and the movie would have been so much better if it actually followed the book. The story line, the characters, and everything involved with this book was spot on!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were very well written and it is a shame that in the movie they COMPLETELY left out Richard Levine... He was such a main character, I do not know that they were thinking!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic!! So easy to listen too and follow!! Great job!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!!! But couldn't because of the length, but it kept you involved the whole time! "Page turner"


    Any additional comments?

    Read/listen to this book! You will not regret it!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Susha St. Louis 01-30-14
    Susha St. Louis 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable Book"

    The book is sooo much better than the movie, don't know why they changed the story so drastically. I have listened to the abridged audiobook and got this one to see what was missing. The answer is quite a bit. Some interesting sections were omitted from the abridged, but also the wordy explanations of dinosaurs, theories on evolution and I could go on. These tend to be the sections I skim through so I certainly didn't miss the theorizing in the abridged.

    Scott Brick is a very good narrator, but I have to say, Anthony Heald was superb in the abridged, so Scott falls a bit short, but as my headline indicates, still very enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 06-14-15
    David 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Would not recommend"

    I have read several of his past books (and liked them) and was really disappointed by The Lost World. I found the characters one dimensional and poorly developed. People consistently said, felt and did things in the book that just didn't make sense given the context. It was almost as if he would pause writing a scene, then forget what his characters and just faced and mechanically move forward to the next scene. This included people
    having petty scientific arguments minutes after witnessing a gruesome death, or PhDs not understanding obvious points that one of the children characters would have to explain.

    Overall I couldn't enjoy the book because it failed so deeply to reflect actual human interaction and behavior. I'd recommend reading something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Berkenfield 06-17-15
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    "Just can't match up"

    I loved Jurassic Park. However, some of this book seems to contradict the other, specifically with the behavior of the raptors. That kind of inconsistency is annoying. Overall, the book was solid. Tense at time, long winded at others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Sandberg 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Lost World"

    The story was not as well thought out as the first and takes a little while to pick up. Sometimes it feels like something was forgotten or scrapped to shorten it. Still fun to listen to and I enjoyed it.

    The voice work was well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delilah pig 04-15-15
    Delilah pig 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read,"

    I thought the narrator was kinda just too plain. He did vary the voices between characters, but I felt like the changes should have been more drastic, or at least noticeable.

    Overall I found the story both very interesting, and very captivating. As a stand alone book I found it to be quite good from beginning to end. Having read the first book, I listened to this thinking of it as more of a sequel and found it to be lacking. Other than borrowing a few characters and reusing the familiar companies and locations, it really did nothing to follow up the first book. In fact, I would say that knowing the events of the first book only gave me 'inside knowledge' during one 5min segment of the story. Even then the details provided were more than enough to understand what the reader needed to to continue the story.

    But still, as its own book and story, I found it near impossible to put down. From the moment I got going, I couldn't stop listening. I even went as far at to listen to it secretly as I worked a few long shifts.

    As a final note I feel I must admit that I could very well be somewhat bias, as I do love the movie series. With that said both this book and it's predecessor, Jurassic Park, are nothing like the movies.

    I would recommend to anyone over 13.
    The end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    V. Y. Baker alaska 07-06-15
    V. Y. Baker alaska 07-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Meh"

    I loved Jurassic Park! Read it when I was a kid. I always meant to read this one and never got around to it. I have to say it was disappointing. I love the characters but something just seemed off, like the magic wasn't there this time. I thought the depth of description of deaths was a bit much. I had to fast forward through a bunch of it and that just put me off. I will always love Jurassic park, but I doubt I will ever read this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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