In their quest for answers, they engage a host of fascinating characters, experts in neurology and deep sea geology, flight-simulation wizards, and evolution historians, and set off together to exotic locales, experiencing love, friendship, loyalty, and betrayal along the way. When people start dying, the real hunt begins.
Weaving science and thriller in a way not seen since Jurassic Park, Natural Selection is that rare blend of intricately layered research, rich characters, and tornado pacing.
©2006 Dave Freedman; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Jaws meets Charles Darwin." (USA Today)
"[An] entertaining debut; possesses all the predatory features to provide maximum chills....An awesome beach read." (Publishers Weekly)
Another hit from Audible and Blackstone. I enjoyed this "very tall tale" immensely and would have given it +4 because of all the great visuals it inspires, CGI creators will have fun with the movie. However, with all the research mentioned in the book, the author (Dave Freedman) somehow overlooked the simple fact that there are NO PENGUINS in the Arctic, Walru, Polar Bear and Puffins, YES, but no Penguins. I found this ovesight to be humorous but also dismaying. How could all the editors and the author himself allowed this to go to print?
The first half is okay, interesting although the science is a stretch. I could deal with that, I even enjoyed it. Once the critters leave the water though, the book goes off the rails.
First off, can you imagine two-ton rays floating around like butterflies? They do this without wings, just little magical rippling muscles. Boy, imagine if NASA gets a hold of this. Rockets can just float up into space from now on... suspension of disbelief is one thing, but I can't turn my brain off.
Plus the plot becomes ridiculously predictable, the narration is childish, and the dialogue is embarrassing. The author repeats the same phrases in the space of a couple of pages. I can only believe a publisher read the first half and thought it would be a good Crichton clone. He didn't bother reading the second half where the book becomes a slasher flick with writing that a ten-year old could improve on.
I enjoyed the first half of the book. I agree with other reviewers that the scientific explanations sometimes had very little relevance to the storyline. But I love the Discover channel, so they were barable. But then when I started listening to the second part. AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!
From then on it pretty much drops into sillyness. And it was tough to even finish listening. Too bad, cause it really was interesting for the first half.
This is like a Sci-Fi channel original movie. Not as bad as everyone else made it out to be but not worth the one credit. If you can get it on sale then worth a listen if you like generic horror.
A pretty good idea for a story but the writing is absolutely amateur. Major continuity errors and the author did not do enough research on his subject so that the story, although science fiction, lacked cfedulity. This book stinks.
Although the story is mildly entertaining, I couldn't get past the fact that this is the worst researched book I have ever read. The technical errors are just too glaring to be overlooked. To mention a few:
- As already mentioned, there are no penquins in the arctic, and penguins and polar bears do not coexist anywhere in the world.
- One does not suddenly find oneself out of air at 180 feet deep and just pop up to the surface. Decompression from 180 feet would usually require several spare air tanks.
- True, most fish have a swim bladder, but no cartilaginous fish, and therefore no rays, have one.
These are just a few that stuck out in my mind. I can't help but wonder how this stuff gets published.
I have listened to many books, but this was one of the hardest to get through. The premis of the book was wonderful, but I'm still not sure if it was the reading or the writing of this book that made it so difficult to listen to. I hope that other's can enjoy this book and not have the same issues as myself.
Good brainless read for those who have brains to follow some of the concepts... The author needs to work on his description of action scenes though. Willing suspension of disbelief is so important to enjoying a good tale, you cannot disrespect it with too much ridiculous description. Once I started questioning the events in the story, I started to question the book's premise, and it ruined it for me.
So I actaully liked this book because it was a fun listen and the author was imaginative. He tried to cover all of his bases which made the preposterous believable. Overall the far fetched ideas made for a more scifi like story than a science meets humakind thriller like the title suggests. Granted it's no literary masterpiece but the narration was good and I was happy for my daily drive home or a jog.
The concept was good and started out with potential, however ended as a min. word essay littered throughout with broken story lines. The characters were weak and reminiscent of a party of "Ed Flanders" out in the world for the first time. Never being able to connect with this group it at least relieved the listener from the suspense of hero's in trouble, I found myself wanting the beast to devour our troupe at every opportunity. The only word that came to mind following the anticlimactic end was "HUH"
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