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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 Recorded Books, Inc.; ©2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, 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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  • Adam
  • hudson, NH, USA
  • 01-31-04

Wait for the movie

Good story but read more like a script for his next movie

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • 01-02-04

Terrible. Just Terrible.

I listened to this on a long drive. Robert Sean Leonard is a fine actor but terrible narrator. I didn't believe any of the characters and the plot was predictable, annoying, and dull.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Given the author and the plot, this book sounded like a winner. Character development took too long and much of it was inconsequential. The dialog was often awkward. There was gratuitous swearing by one character in what seemed like an overly obvious attempt at defining a personality, but instead was just annoying. The basic premise is creative and certainly had more potential.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • 12-14-03

Michael, Michael hath thou sold out?

What a disappointment. A terrific premise, but one dimensional characters, predictable drama, unlikely plot twists, and ultimately a waste of time. Mike ran out of gas on this one -- the ending was tired and too easy and a big letdown from a interesting beginning. I have to wonder if this one was just written for a paycheck, not for the reader. I've read many of Michael C.'s novels but this one is way inferior. "Andromedia Strain" rehash. Read that one, skip this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What made the experience of listening to Prey the most enjoyable?

This was a perfect combination of story and narrator

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely! It was a great story that had me feeling anxious and enthralled.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The swarm is coming

Any additional comments?

This was my first book by Crichton and I really enjoyed it. I found that sci-fi aspect was still grounded in reality and that made it feel like something that could actually happen in real life, which makes it just a bit better.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Long in the tooth

To state this book was “Long in the Tooth” is an understatement! I am a computer programmer and consider myself a “techie” but this got ridicules in the continued mumbo jumbo techie talk about computer programming. I am not talking about the beginning forward which spends 20 minutes+ explaining the technology behind the plot. That would have been fine, if the author had not re-explained it ever 10 to 15 minutes during the book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • N H
  • White, GA, US
  • 04-28-04

Godawful 2...

Further, I wanted to smack the main character as others have stated. For someone who should be so educated, he dismisses all sorts of bizarre events.
(Remember the cloak, fellow already heard-it's?)
There are tons of red herrings and questions that the main character just decides can't be answered at the end...leaving the reader/listener unsatisfied.
I found the main character to be inconsistent with a technology professional and the research for the book seemed to touch on pseudo or glam technology rather than real science.

I am of the mind that this book was dictated and designed as a screenplay...then converted to novel form. It's a poor book and an even worse audiobook. It astonishes me that this tripe has remained on the bestseller list. For beach reading, you can do a crossword and get greater satisfaction.


I feel better.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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PRAY for the end.

This book drones on and on. The main man is really slow minded but he is ahead of the pace of the book. The narrator slips up in voice changes, the 'time line' of events is not reasonable and the tech facts are slightly a skewed. It seems to be written as a screenplay, too many background (useless) details. I cannot recommend this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Timothy
  • Marrero, LA, USA
  • 11-19-03

Important about sample.

This is verry important for those of you who want to check out the sample. I almost just closed it when i herd the droling monolog voice of what sounded like a text book but skip ahed about 6 minuts there you will find the real reader. the first 5 minuts is a fowerd.

This book is a verry involving i like thw writer's use of tech talk not to teche not to lamen :) plenty of descriptions and lots of excitment. i hevily recomend this book. :)

43 of 84 people found this review helpful

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Very enjoyable read. Another good one from Crichton.

A scary story about future technology run amok. Hero is very likeable. A real page-turner.