A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling....
Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? The future is closer than you think....
Three passengers are dead. Fifty-six are injured. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane...
Michael Crichton's latest novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology...
The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting, and entertaining, book yet....
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 Jurassic Park, he created a terrifying new world. Now, in Micro, Michael Crichton reveals a universe too small to see and too dangerous to ignore....
The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate....
The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North....
Two paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils while surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars....
From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World....
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true....
From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere, comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere....
A riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interests....
Political radical John Wright is plotting an act of mass destruction - and federal agent John Graves has him under surveillance, trying to figure out what the plot is....
When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free. In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme....
In teeming Victorian London, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century....
It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.
Every attempt to destroy it has failed.
And we are the prey.
As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense.
Prey is a novel you can't put down.
Because time is running out.
"Crichton is the master of the sci-tech thriller, and nowhere is that more evident than in his latest page-turner, a scary, wild ride that is, without a doubt, his best in years." (Booklist)
"From the opening pages of Crichton's electrifying new thriller...readers will know they are in the hands of a master storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)
If you are a fan of Creighton's other works, especially his earlier titles, this is a very enjoyable listen. I did find that I was able to deduce the plot after about 2 chapters maximum, but the elegant way the story unfolds makes up for a degree of this transparency. The last few chapters were very exciting and I found myself truly doubting whether the hero would be able to come out on top, which in my mind is the sign of a good thriller.
The only other problem I had was the heavy use of technical asides that really didn't add very much to the story. In most cases, the information presented is mildly interesting at best and could be left out with no real difference. It seems almost as though Creighton can't decide if he should explain everything or nothing, and the technical details fall into the middle range, where the scientific minded will find them superficial and cumbersome, and the average reader will find an excessive amount of jargon and trivia.
Still, it was a good story and worth your time.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This was a great sci-fi, suspence, action novel! It kept me on my toes guessing what was next. I am in the computer/technology industry and this has some very interesting concepts. The narrator did a very good job which helped make the book even better. This was one of the best ones I have listened to since joining Audible. Definitely recommend!!!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
A great "read" overall. It starts slow thanks to TONS of background on the characters -- far too much, I thought -- but once Jack gets into the meat of the plot it is thrilling. I'd also reiterate what's been said earlier: The sample clip is largely of Michael Crichton himself narrating the foreward to the book - very dry. The actual narrator, George Wilson, picks it up at Chapter 1 and is SUPERB in his reading. He expertly acts all the parts in the book, convincingly giving you men, women, and children characters. His performance really elevated this audiobook a notch.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This book was really good. The beginning completely throws one off track with our hero playing an unemployed at home person with very hunorous eposisodes of his home adventures. The story quickly moves up to top speed and from there won't let you stop listening. Everything from great research, believable plot and Scott Brick doing a great job as narrator, will keep you riveted to your earphones until the last scene.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
As a rule, I'm not a big Crichton fan. This book changed my mind. Well written. Well researched. Terrific plot of a terrifying possibility. The icing on the Crichton cake? The book's narrator. Why can't every book have such a perfect reader?
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Prey?
I loved the concept. I am not necessarily too technologically intuitive but this is a thriller not to miss.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
I like that Crichton gives you just enough information to want more. He gives the information and reasons slowly to you and adds more suspense each time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you could overlook just how ignorant the main character was of anyone else's intentions, it was an intriguing book. The guy was a real dope. And it was a shame that most of the questions that came up during the story were only answered in the summary at the end, rather than truly being part of the story - like Crichton got tired of writing and just wanted to quickly tie up the loose ends in one paragraph. Where "Timeline" was one of the most thoroughly memorable books I've ever been through, this one will be notable only with respect to it's unfulfilled potential.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Maybe it was because I'd just listened to King's Gunslinger series, but I found the writing to be amateur at best. If you're expecting a "can't stop listening" type of book, move on. If you just need to use this month's book club credit, it might be worth it - but don't expect much. I think this book might make a decent special effects movie but it was painful at times to listen to. Maybe with a better reader (he was very unimpressive)?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story was the sort of story I was expecting. If you've read other Michael Crichton books think Andromeda Strain not Jurassic Park. Lots of technical stuff but doesn't get to gripping suspense until the end. Unfortunately the narrator did an adequate job of reading but was licking his lips or swallowing constantly. I'm usually pretty tolerant about such things but this was so bad that I found it very distracting from the story.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
George Wilson (the reader) must drool more than my 4 month old daughter. Geesus! He made me sick after the first three sentences. Be forewarned that at the end of about every three sentences, the reader slurps, swallows, and slurps again. You'd think a best selling author could keep his reader from what sounds like eating corn on the cob while doing the performance. I can just see the guy, jowls flopping, waddle quivering, foaming lips - and a pool of saliva gathering on the desktop and dripping off the microphone. He all but destroyed any value. Be sure to towel off after listening to this book.
28 of 36 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better narration, faster plot
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Reduced the initial build up by about a third
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narration was monotonous and flat.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
the mix of real science and pure fiction, a hallmark of Chrichton's books is still there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Prey is Michael Crichton on top form, a great adventure, well researched technology and believable characters. The narrator does a great job too, a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook - I might go right back to the start and listen to it again!
Great book, plot felt kind of like a trashy B movie sci fi film, which is intended as a compliment, they're my favourite films! i also really liked the liked the main character. Its not a world shattering book but an entertaining easy listen in the 'hard sci fi' genre