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Dragon Teeth

Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Michael Crichton, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of palaeontology in this recently discovered novel - a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories, even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. Against this backdrop two palaeontologists pillage the Wild West for dinosaur fossils while deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to win a bet against his archrival, William has joined world-renowned palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, and abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice.

Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure, however, will test William's newfound resilience and pit him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters....

©2017 Michael Crichton (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Michael Crichton:
"One of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around.... Prey sees him doing what he does best - taking the very latest scientific advances and showing us their potentially terrifying underbelly. Another high-concept treat...written in consummate page-turning style." ( Observer)
"This is Crichton on top form, preying on our fears about new technology and convincing us that we aren't half as afraid as we should be." ( The Times)
"Mixing cutting-edge science with thrills and spills, this is classic Crichton." ( Daily Mirror)

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  • NP
  • New Jersey, USA
  • 10-03-17

story telling of it's kind

take a piece of history, spin it into a story, so interesting and gripping that I can't drop until I finish

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  • MR
  • 07-24-17

Pretty good

What did you like most about Dragon Teeth?

Love how well researched the history was - classic Crichton.

What did you like best about this story?

Wild West Adventure!!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the whole story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me interested in the American West

Any additional comments?

Not as gripping as other Crichton stories, but well worth a listen.

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  • Christine nicholls
  • 06-15-17

Western with a difference

Book was recommended to me and it was an absolute gem a mix of genres that keeps you hooked from 1st word to the last. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Batesyboy1970
  • 10-29-17

Meh

Enjoyable yarn but nothing breathtaking or ground breaking if I'm honest. Would make a reasonable short movie I guess..! And probably will.

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  • Phil Sayers
  • 08-29-17

brilliance again from Crichton

Would you consider the audio edition of Dragon Teeth to be better than the print version?

not read the print but the audio book is excellent

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Teeth?

I love the concept, palaeontology meets the Wild West

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick and Sherri Crichton - Afterword ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no so I can't compare

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

not an emotional book but but really interesting and good changes of direction, well researched and entirely believable.

Any additional comments?

A good read (listen) and it would make an awesome movie

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 12-10-19

Not my cup of tea

Interesting story but it was not what i expected. Nothing out of the ordinary happens. Just a story about returning fossils in the old west. Interesting if you like that topic, lots of details about those times and the day to day life but do not expect any fantasy or scifi or ghosts.

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  • J Austin
  • 07-29-19

Classic Crichton story well performed

Crichton expertly crafts history and characters into a gripping, realistic story of days gone by; a real treat to listen to.

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  • Paul D
  • 01-26-19

Unconvincing

I found this rather a "thin" book. Weak, rather predictable plot, and weak one dimensional characters - as dead as the dinosaurs they were digging up. I search hard to find something positive to say and fail. Not "awful" but nothing to recommend it.

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  • Raymond Hockings
  • 11-30-18

Fantastic Adventure Thriller

This Author is a Genius Master Storyteller.
I recommend it to everyone it’s one of his best

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  • Laura Holgate
  • 10-16-18

Excellent story and classic MC

A fantastic tale, crafted expertly around actual events. Such is the quality of the writing, as with most of Crichton’s novels, it’s hard to tell what is real and what isn’t, what actually happened and what didn’t!


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  • Just
  • 04-24-18

Here be dragons...

Would you listen to Dragon Teeth again? Why?

I liked it, so yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Teeth?

Cameos from Wyatt Earp and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick and Sherri Crichton - Afterword ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Scott Brick is always good, and very suited to this story.

Any additional comments?

Its good that even after death Michael Crichton is still putting out novels, and good ones at that!