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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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    ©2006 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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      Padden mission, BC, Canada 12-18-06
      Padden mission, BC, Canada 12-18-06
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      "Fabulous"

      What impressed me the most about this book was the amount of research that went into it. Some thought the author was preaching but I am certain that he was trying to show the possibilities of using trans-species and making them slaves. I admit that it takes a person who is educated in the sciences to really appreciate this book. Perhaps the author could have "spoken down" to his critics but then he would have been criticized for that too. Try to read the book again. He has shown us what is really happening behind our little perfect worlds, as well as predicting what "might" happen if we continue to let diseases etc. be owned by corporations.

      This was my first book by the author and it won't be my last.

      4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      Milan Westminster, CO, USA 12-07-06
      Milan Westminster, CO, USA 12-07-06
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      "Boring"

      Boring, preachy. I think there was a plot in there somewhere.

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      John H. Waddington 12-15-06 Member Since 2006
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      "wow.......not really"

      This book was awful. I agree with every single negative thing everyone else wrote about this book. I love the authors other works, but would rather have my finger nails pulled out then have to listen to this one again.

      10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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      avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-04-11
      avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-04-11 Member Since 2010
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      "Could have been better."

      Characters were ones you care about, but after the initial plot is sprung, it seemed to lack enough action/events to carry the story along. Not enough twists and suspense. Good idea. If I knew then what you know now, I wouldn't have used a credit on this book. Try "The Passage" for a great biological thriller.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 05-11-11
      Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 05-11-11
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      "OMG ! Next please"

      Not what I expected, lousy story, very confusing. The book is simply terrible, and the narrator was extremely boring, very poor voice imitation.

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      Mark Westminster, CA, United States 05-05-09
      Mark Westminster, CA, United States 05-05-09
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      "Interesting but not very compelling"

      Crichton writes topical stories that try to make you think about where we (mankind) are going. I really love most of his stories but this one left me a little bored. I kept waiting for the "now that's really cool" kicker but it just never came.

      The narrator (Dylan Baker) was uninspired. Every young person character had a "Valley Girl" twang. After a while I couldn't tell them apart.

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      Bret Baton Rouge, LA, United States 04-05-09
      Bret Baton Rouge, LA, United States 04-05-09 Member Since 2009
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      "Good... but not his best"

      I've read all of MC's books and he continues to amaze me with his intelligence. He usually puts together a good story backed by some pretty solid data. This book however had too many story lines and was a little hard to follow. All-in-all, I would still suggest it. It's an interesting story, lots of good science, and some good opinions. It's just not up to his standards.

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      ken Wheeler 02-19-09
      ken Wheeler 02-19-09 Member Since 2006
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      "Crichton asks new questions"

      As per his writing style this book brings up interesting questions that someone should be asking. Interestingly developed but in audio format the news stories that are interspersed get confusing. Also, whether they are actual news stories or simply additional fiction is unclear.
      Entertaining none the less.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      James Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-10-08
      James Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-10-08
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      "Not so good"

      A series of interconnecting -- sort of -- stories that are somewhere between unconvincing and far fetched. A half human half chimp named Dave? An intelligent talking African Grey parrot? Come on. The author obviously had an axe or two to grind regarding views on the ethical intricacies of biotechnology, the bio-tech industry and American patent legislation. I guess the question is does that form the basis of a half-decent page-turner? For me -- not so much.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Carla 09-17-08
      Carla 09-17-08
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      "So So"

      I did not feel that the plot line in the the sample used was really tied into the book all that well. I liked the charactrs but the ending left me feling like the book was not quite done.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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