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Congo

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,827 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies - all motionless except for one moving image - a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642…a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition - along with Amy - is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death.....

Congo was adapted to the screen and directed by Frank Marshall.

©1980 CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic - better the second time around

I originally read this 20 years ago and have recently started re-listening to Michael Crichton books this year. Congo is one of the best books, in my opinion, that Crichton ever wrote. Great character development, realistic mix of science / fantasy, and steady plot development.

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Very good

I really liked the story. The narrator did a decent job, although it took some effort to get through the male voices. Definitely worth it, however.

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Good not Great

Any additional comments?

I found this particular novel from Crichton to be less interesting that the others of his that I have read. The story itself was good, and it had his scientific details that really help to absorb the reader into a world where the events are actually taking place. But the story seems to be a ton of build up to about 50 pages (or about an hour) of rap-up. The story seems to focus most of its content on the preparation and trip to the Congo, and falls a little flat there. The technology discussed is particularly interesting to me, but I can see it further discouraging other readers. I would recommend it, and I will likely read/listen-to it again, but before you dive in, manage your expectations. This will likely not end up on your top 100.

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Iteresting read with great narration

Really liked the narrator, she was very even and did a good job of making the long explanations that while interesting, are not blended into the story line very well, more enjoyable to listen to.
Fascinating story that was very well researched of course which helps blend the science and fiction seamlessly.

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Roller coaster

This book was incredibly fun to listen to, with some great narration to boot.

If you love Crichton, this is about as classic as it gets.

"Amy good gorilla."

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Not his best

This book spends way too much time on events leading up to the final conflict and technical jargon. I purchased it as a cheap buy to tide me over until next month's credit, but I struggled with wanting to finish it in many places. The narrator did a good job differentiating between different characters and it was entertaining, albeit frustratingly slow in places. I recommend his other novel, Prey, over this one, but it's not a terrible choice.

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SLEEP WROTE

THAT'S A B8 PROBLEM
Written in 1980, Crichton was just getting his feet wet. This is a mass amount of facts and figures. While some of these tidbits of information are interesting, the book as a whole is lacking. No character development, with the exception of Amy the Gorilla. The story was not compelling. You want to skip this one.

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Better than the movie...but...

The narrator made it very hard for me to rate this book, had it been done by Scott Brick it would've gotten 4 stars.

Julia Whelan makes it all too comical....like the movie.

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Good Story, Bad Performance

This is a typical Crichton novel, a nice mixture of adventure and science. Not one of his better works but still an enjoyable read. Unfortunately it is not a enjoyable listen. I found the narrators attempts at accents to be distracting and would have preferred if she didn't even attempt them.

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Worth reading.

It was good just not great, I can't quite put my finger on it but it was missing something.

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  • Colin
  • 10-21-15

Better than Jurassic Park!

Don't be put off by the average at best 1995 movie, the book has plenty of story lines not included in the film, plus an excellent presentation. 5*

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-18

Good book overall. Thoroughly enjoyed.

It's a very good book sometimes the story can drift and you might get a bit lost but overall it's a enjoyable story. At first I struggled with the narrator but in fairness it is told in a interesting and gripping way.

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  • Scott C.
  • 04-02-18

great listen

was a great listen, had me gripped from start to finish. Good narration. some of the narrators sound effects had me in hysterics.

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  • Arran Morris
  • 09-07-16

rubbish<br />

struggle to finsh it. it was very hard to get in to lost intrest in the book

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  • Mr Stuart E Truman
  • 08-20-16

Good Story but too much useless information

This is undoubtedly better that the movie but the narrator is not very good at a male voice and would have been better not trying.

There are far too many tangent details that happened in 79-80 which of course is a product of the time it was written. But the details the author goes into takes too much away from the story path and I found that I would lose concentration of the story and got bored. I liked the story but not all the technical details given.

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  • Benny butthead
  • 06-07-17

how to ruin my fav book, get a boring narrator.

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  • Miyuru
  • 01-03-17

A little underwhelming

Really good story but I was underwhelmed by the ending - it had a lot of promise but left too many lose ends and questions unanswered