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Publisher's Summary

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

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.

©2002 Michael Crichton (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.; 16 9; 2002 Recorded Books, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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    4 out of 5 stars


I judge some of the books by how interesting they are while I am running. I run 4 to 6 miles a day and the books should help me get through the run. If the book is boring then the run is tough but if it holds my interest then the run does not seem long enough because I want to hear more of the book and will have to wait until the next run. This book allowd me to runm the max every day. Good research on the material.

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The Real Meaning Of Thiller

This was a very exciting book. A times it grasped your imagination, at times it shocked you, and at times it scared you! This IS a thiller! It molds your mind and then hurls you across the room! When our star feels pain. You FEEl pain!

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    3 out of 5 stars

Jurassic Park part 4

Let's see, you wanna have "monsters" and you want to have them escape from thier holding facility and then you need specialized talent to get a hold of them again. Haven't we done this plot before?

This book was more aggrivating than interesting. Throughout I had the overwhelming urge to smack the main character. I have no idea how such a supposedly smart guy can be so throughilly stupid! I would never have put up with the double-talk his wife gave him. The instant I suspected someone was lieing to me, I would have gotten to the bottom of it. But this guy just takles it in stride and ignores every single warning sign.

The heart of every good book gives you a character or group of people whom you can identify with and (hopefully) like. It's increasingly hard to like people who do the stupid thing every single time and then the author pawns that off as action.

It's like saying "Well, we're in a house with a raving homicidal madman...I know! Let's all split up!" How many times can someone almost die from thier own foolish behavior and on some level you think that they probably deserve thier fate. This book wasn't all bad, but it was far from what I hoped it would be. I think that for this book, Crichton forgot that describing cool technology is not enough. You need to tell a strong story or all the techno-babble means nothing.

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A Comparative Review

The only downside to the book was that I DID feel like smacking the guy in the head a couple of times, but hey, ITS A BOOK FOR GODS SAKE! Anyway, This book is definately better than the average Crichton yarn. Way better than Timeline or Sphere, or even Eaters of the Dead (13th Warrior). Needless to say, I really liked this book. Loved it even. I will definately read it again soon. So do yourself (and your ears and eyes) a favor and READ THIS BOOK!!!

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  • Raul
  • Doylestown, PA, USA
  • 08-10-04

Very riveting

This was a nice "listen". The story was great. I have a long commute and this book actually made me look forward to that commute. Kept me on the edge of my (drivers) seat. I recommend this audiobook to anyone, especially if you are interested in the ever evolving realm of technology. Get the book and listen!

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best mc novel since airframe

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  • Barmace
  • SIDNEY, ME United States
  • 07-08-04


This book I would say starts out very well. I was very much interested I would say the first 1/2 of the book was very cool. Being a Techno Geek I loved to hear about Nanobots, and how to use them to in the body to fix things even on a cellular level. But this book goes off of reality when after the death of multiple people and no one wants to do anything about it just wanted to understand the "SWARM" I found the book completely, well stupid. I pride myself in emerging myself into a story but when smart people do stupid things. I find it distasteful. I would have to say DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK. It was a waste of time.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Way Too Slow

If you can get through the first quarter or so, you will be rewarded with a completely average book. Much of it was very predictable (IMO) but it did have some moments that made me think it would get better. Unfortunately, not enough of them. The reader was very average and I'm not sure what the annoying background noise was. Page turning, swallowing close to the mike, not sure. Pass on it.

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Great Book

I was a little worried when I heard the first ten minutes of the book, but it was only the author setting the tone for the technology he was talking about in the book. Phew!

Once I got started with this book, I found it really difficult to put down. I would listen as I drove, as I worked, as I was going to bed; I just couldn't put it down. This book was very enjoyable and kept me on edge until the very end.

Another great book by Crichton

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  • Eric T
  • Livermore, CA United States
  • 05-25-04

Eh...not worth wasting a book balance credit on

Never EVER will I get another audio book read by George Wilson. Imagine if you had to listen to a conversation where there was a five second pause after each person finishes his/her statements. It felt like I was hitting every red light in San Francisco! Plus, he didn't have enough distinct voices to seperate the different characters. I felt that the reader read too slow, as if he were reading a children's story to some kindergarteners.

Now for the story...I read and loved Jurrasic Park. But in this book the author felt it was necessary to explain fairly simple technical bits in five minute narratives, often repeating many of his ideas throughout the book in five or more places. There were suspense "scenes" that were drawn out too long where you knew the author was just trying to prolong the uncomfortable suspense simply for the purpose of increasing the length of the book. Couple that with the slow pace or the reader and you end up with suspense scenes that seem to go on for hours, with very little progression of the story. Finally, there were WAY too many "[character] said" clauses at the end of converstation phrases.

"Bla bla bla bla", (2 sec pause) May said (2 sec pause).
"Ble ble ble ble", (2 sec pause) Ricky said (2 sec pause).
"Bli bli bli bli", (2 sec pause) I said (2 sec pause).
"Blo blo blo blo", (2 sec pause) Ricky said (2 sec pause).
"Blu Blu Blu Blu", (2 sec pause) I said (2 sec pause).

Oh the humanity!

It's not 1 star because the story was at least interesting, and the ending was slightly better written (and read), though as predictable as any action-disaster movie you've seen.

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