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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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    • Tyler
    • Scottsboro, AL, USA
    • 10-04-07

    Too Close to Being True

    After reading my first book by Michael Crichton, (Timeline) I begin to love his way of making you think of the possibilities. In Next, He unsettles our scientific side of life by pushing our controversial buttons in almost every area of Genetics. Being a born again believer in Christ I no doubt have strong convictions as to where science is taking us. In this book, Michael Crichton reveals the the key components that govern science and technology: money and morals. It seems that we are so close to encountering many of these issues that if this had been written ten years later, it might not be considered fiction.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    It is a great book, OK narration
    a worth while read with interesting social implications.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Ronald
    • ROCHESTER, NY, United States
    • 02-26-09

    More yarns than an angora sweater

    This book has more yarns than an angora sweater, but they are not as tightly knit together. In some ways, this book reminded me of Franz Kafka in the sense that Crichton, like Kafka knows that the world isn't right, but he doesn't understand it. I learned in the author's afterword that he had some definite ideas about genetics, but only some of them came through in the stories. It is sad that Crichton's last work was sub par.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    This was awful

    This is the worst book that Michael Crichton has ever written. It has to do about Genes and has many different story lines that either come together or don't. Lots of reading of headlines about what is going on with Gene therapy and creation of 'transgendered' animals and plants. I real muddle into a boring subject.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Frank
    • Baltimore, MD, USA
    • 02-20-07

    Silly.....Save your Audible credits

    Save your Audible credits. Crichton (as usual) uses cardboard characters to attempt to make sweeping generalizations about current issues of 'Science.' Interesting ideas are presented but the plot and characters are absurd with talking Orangutangs and Grey Parrots.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Very Stinky

    This story has monkeys in it...and I'm fairly sure that one of them helped him write this book. Having more pride than his famous co-author, the monkey must have demanded that his name be left off the credits. I wish my name was off the list of people who bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Jamie
    • Loma Linda, CA, USA
    • 12-27-06

    Tangential with loose associations

    Book is very disappointing, and difficult to follow. Plot is fragmented over several storylines (non of which are all that interesting) which he attempts to bring together in the end. Book seems to be just a medium to preach authors views on genetic engineering. This book is a significant departure from the author’s normal format and quality.

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    • Laurie
    • Bath, MI, USA
    • 12-21-06

    A stinker

    Despite his flaws as a writer, I usually enjoy Michael Crichton books--but this one was ludicrous. I also like Dylan Baker as an actor, but didn't particularly enjoy his reading.

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    • neurons
    • SHELTON, CT, United States
    • 12-20-06

    Serious & Humorous

    I seem to always be surprised by Crichton’s approach in writing styles; they never seem to be the same. In Next the future of genetics promises to be interesting in many ways and that’s why Crichton’s book is a worthwhile listen. Crichton couples serious subject matter with the ridiculous so I found myself laughing out loud at the predicaments the many characters got themselves into. I have to admit that it took me some time to realize that Crichton was using many scenarios that were not linked to one another so it ended up being more like a chapter book, but enjoyable nonetheless. The narrator was hilarious when he impersonated Robin Leach to make absurd proclamations by the scientific community. I can understand how some thought there was no plot but they may have missed Crichton’s intent to show genetics from the many legal and scientific dilemmas we may be facing while still trying to make the book readable. Knowing this in advance is helpful.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    Simply Awful

    I could not finish listening to this innane novel, even after waiting an interminable time for it to get interesting. I finally gave up, chalked up my loss and moved on. So much for best selling authors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful