But there are rumors that something has survived.
©1996 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"Harrowing thrills...fast-paced and engaging." (People)
"Action-packed." (New York Daily News)
"Fast and gripping" (The Washington Post Book World)
Very well done book and anybody who appreciated the first should like this. Would have been a great movie if they stuck with the story already written by Crichton. The movie is just plain abysmal and I recommend avoiding it at all costs. Unless you read the book first then make fun of how bad the movie was.
Far different variation of the Hollywood series. Far more interesting. Author could have varied the language, felt like a special edition of the first book.
Loved jurassic Park! The lost world is just so much of Malcolm talking... Didn't really enjoy any of the characters... Levine wasn't likable... And Malcolm just spouted his theories on everything throughout the whole book. And what was the point of the kids being there? Had a hard time finishing this one and jurassic Park I listened to every opportunity I got. Haven't seen the movie so can't compare it to that. I finished, it was OK. Jurassic Park there was stuff happening all the time, the lost world was mostly just Malcolm talking for about 75% of the book... Now some of it was interesting but it just went on and on. Wasn't bad just wasn't as good as the first one. On to bigger and better things!
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.
I chose this book because I really enjoyed Jurassic Park and I am a big fan of Scott Brick.
This book seems to only be a vehicle for Mr. Crichton's theories of life and extinction, which are espoused at length and at the oddest times during the story.
Some of the characters, while supposed to be brilliant scientists or engineers, at times, incredibly stupid. The best written characters are the children, but it isn't with listening to the book for that reason alone.
If I knew what I do now, I would either listen to the abridged version (if one exists) or read the book which would give me the ability to skip the soliloquies.
All that said, Mr. Brick does a masterful job reading the book, despite what had to be great difficulty getting through the material.
What a waste of a sequel. Crichton loses the mistique and wonder that was so beautifully crafted in the park. Nothing against the performance, one can only do so much with this yawnfest. Ian Malcom is possibly the most self absorbed, obnoxious wind bag ever written. I could have let it slide as character development but then Crichton adds Levine an equally shallow, bloated wind bag. The two of them spend half the book trolling everything. One has to wonder if Crichton only wrote this book to present his theory on how humanity is worse than the astroid that killed the dinosaurs... no wait now we have to sit through an hour long dialogue explaining that maybe but not really but could be but we theorize that it very well might not be.... aghhh!! The other characters amount to doe eyed dimwitts that I imagined staring blankly at the two protagonists, yawning and looking at their watches, while they get lectured to in the most condescending tone, praying for the dinosaurs to eat them. The most interesting character is the antagonist and his development boils down to the occasional curse thrown at his henchmen. He, along with the suspense / action in this book, appear for about an hour of the total fifteen. I found myself not caring one little bit what happened to these characters and I was so disappointed. Could have been something special but I think something got ... wait for it ... lost ... ha do you like what I did there? Don't waste your money.
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.
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