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Publisher's Summary

Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction - is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars or test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.

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    ©2006 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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      Michael Cannon Falls, MN, USA 01-13-07
      Michael Cannon Falls, MN, USA 01-13-07 Member Since 2011
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      "Slow and boring"

      Unlike the work of the Michael Crichton in the past this book meanders through numerous subplots some of which merge and some of which are never resolved. If it wasn't for the general subject matter and Crichton's afterwards about genetic engineering I don't think I would have been interested enough to finish this book. A definite low note in Crichton's otherwise impressive career.

      The performance by Dylan Baker was good, but because of the large number of characters and plots, it was hard to keep track of who was who and what plot was going on based on the character voices. Unfortunately, in many cases character voice was the only way to tell you had moved from one plot to another.

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      Terry Uvalde, TX, USA 01-11-07
      Terry Uvalde, TX, USA 01-11-07 Member Since 2002
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      "Worst ever"

      This is the worst audible download I have ever purchased in 3+ years of memberhship. It seems as though the author has a political opinion regarding genetics and, based on his name recognition, he can just throw together a novel. It is disjointed, with many disparate story lines similar to a Clancy novel. Unfortunately, unlike Clancys's ability to craft stories together with credibility and believability, the plot lines never come together in any way and the story fizzles to a boring and silly ending. I regret buying it. After buying it, I regret investing the time to finish it. If you haven't bought it yet, don't. If you have already, cut your losses and move on to something else. There is no payoff at the end of the story.

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      Andrew Goodyear, AZ, USA 01-10-07
      Andrew Goodyear, AZ, USA 01-10-07
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      "bleh"

      Is that how you spell that? This is one of the worst listens I've had from Audible. It fails to carry a story line or plot to keep you captivated. It's just all over the map. Maybe there's something at the end, I don't know I couldn't finish it even while sitting in the commute from h***.

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      Brad 01-10-07
      Brad 01-10-07
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      "Time better spent"

      I did not care for this book from the start but kept listening, thinking it would improve. I was wrong. Even tying the different characters together in the last part of the book did not work. I have enjoyed my previous listens from Crichton but this was not to his previous standards. My time would have been better spent with a root canal or maybe cleaning out the septic tank.

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      Maryelle Kissimmee, FL, United States 01-10-07
      Maryelle Kissimmee, FL, United States 01-10-07 Member Since 2017
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      "Waste of money"

      I usually like Mike but this book is awful. I wish I hadn't wasted an audio-credit. I could have read a comic book and had greater satisfaction.

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      B. Ayson Houston, TX United States 01-08-07
      B. Ayson Houston, TX United States 01-08-07 Member Since 2017
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      "polarizing"

      Clearly, MC has animosity for the left. Infusing his political views into his fiction is why I'm done reading his work.

      That, and this last one was a yawner. What happened to the MC who wrote Jurassic Park?

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      Matt Belgrade, MT, USA 01-06-07
      Matt Belgrade, MT, USA 01-06-07 Member Since 2016
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      "Disappointing"

      I am a big fan of Crichton's earlier work, but I was very disappointed in this one. The stories were disjointed and often had no real connection with each other, and it all lead to a climax that was very difficult to believe. It wasn't terribly engaging, though some of the subject material was interesting.

      Overall, I wish I hadn't listened to this book...

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      H Anchorage, AK, USA 01-06-07
      H Anchorage, AK, USA 01-06-07 Member Since 2001
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      "Disjointed"

      Author must hate doctors. All the doctors portrayed thus far are either greedy or corrupt. The story is disjointed and jumps around quite a bit with quite a number of characters that it's difficult to keep them all straight. The storyline is also very slow so it's a bit tedious. I won't be finishing the book. Would I have to buy again, I wouldn't. I've enjoyed some of his other books, even the "Timline" which supposedly bombed. But not this in the least bit.

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      Adaircam BaseBallJack9 01-04-07
      Adaircam BaseBallJack9 01-04-07 Member Since 2017
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      "A poor effort"

      Thge least enjoyable of his books. could not stand to listen to the entire tape. Hopefully, will do better on next book.

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      Gregory Ormond Beach, FL, USA 01-04-07
      Gregory Ormond Beach, FL, USA 01-04-07
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      "next stinks"

      I was very disappointed by this book. It lacks any credulity whatsoever even considering the scince fiction genre. I felt it did not flow well and it would seem Mr. Critchton is a bit off his game with this one. I stopped listening after just a few CDs and will throw the rest away.

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