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State of Fear Audiobook

State of Fear

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Publisher's Summary

The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting, and entertaining, book yet.

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of pause-resistant suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world. From the streets of Paris, to the glaciers of Antarctica, to the exotic and dangerous Solomon Islands, State of Fear takes the listener on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear.

©2004 Michael Crichton; (P)2004 Harper Audio

What the Critics Say

"State of Fear is one of Crichton's best because it's as hard to pigeonhole as greenhouse gas but certainly heats up the room." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Michael Crichton's new, can't-put-it-down novel is a first-of-a-kind thriller - a fast-paced adventure based on the notion that a current widespread fear is baseless." (Forbes)

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    Grant Mobile, AL, USA 02-09-05
    Grant Mobile, AL, USA 02-09-05 Member Since 2008
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    "Just plain bad"

    I listened to the whole thing only because I paid for it. It was not particularly interesting, the characters were shallow, and in general it was badly written.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather San Francisco, CA, United States 02-02-05
    Heather San Francisco, CA, United States 02-02-05 Member Since 2014
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    "please feed the narrator!"

    i found the rumbling stomach noises to be very distracting. otherwise, i wanted to like this book as i've enjoyed previous, but if felt very preachy and unbalanced.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Dublin, CA, USA 01-02-05
    Jeff Dublin, CA, USA 01-02-05
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    "A VERY thought provoking book."

    Crichton once again synthesizes complex scientific, cultural and geopolitical issues in a spellbinding plot that entertains while challenging the reader?s world view.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denver Renee 12-16-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Worst preaching session I have heard"

    This book is a thinly disguised effort to preach to anyone who is foolish enough to listen to it. If my book club had not selected this book, I would not have finished it. It has no story line except to feature a string of murders and preachers of the author's theories. Total let down!!!!!!

    9 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary 02-28-05
    Zachary 02-28-05
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    "Sanctimonious"

    Michael Chrichton's the Great Train Robbery was an outstanding story and audiobook. I've looked forward the Author's books and have read them all. This is the biggest disappointment of any book I've heard or read.

    The story is secondary to the author's ranting. His judgment is apparent form the outset. The story is predictable and the characters are poorly drawn stereotypes and uninteresting. Crichton's early books dealt with stretching the realms of technology for his story without too much commentary about that technology, leaving the reader to consider ethical questions on his own. In this book Crichton forces his views down your throat. In short the book is dull and hypocritical.

    In addition, Crichton seems to have become omnipotent. He claims to know everything about global warming in the author's notes and compares scientists to Nazis? I myself have a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. I no longer participate in research and have no vested interest as Crichton claims. I can without doubt say that he has completely misinterpreted the body of evidence on Climate change, he has "cherry-picked" his "research" to make an uninteresting story. I encourage you to read a fact based book on global warming. It will be much more entertaining AND informative. As an extra bonus, you will not have to listen to Chrichton's blatant hypocrisy.

    I hope the guy who wrote the Great Train Robbery, Sphere and Travels writes another "can't-put-down" book someday...but this isn't it.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Andrash 09-16-05
    Andrash 09-16-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Hollow and unconvincing."

    I have been spoiled by some of the previous titles by Michael Crichton. In this book the main characters are hollow, appear naive and nearly stupid. It destroys the plot and the credibility of the whole story, which at times rambles on and becomes nearly boring. The arguments on the global warming subject are not convincing and annoying. The listener is left with a sense of frustration at having to listen to the rhetoric, built around characterless and ignorant players. Get another title!

    9 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 01-26-05 Member Since 2017
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    "Just Bad"

    I'm disgusted and I expect more of this author. Read this book if you think environmentalists are either terrorists willing to resort to mass murder to further their cause or that they are complete dolts without an intelligent thought in their heads. The book is boring too, it has none of the page turning exciting suspense I expect from this author. Timeline was one of my favorite books and I read it 3 times, I had a hard time finishing this one...

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lucile Salem, OR, United States 12-29-04
    Lucile Salem, OR, United States 12-29-04 Member Since 2016
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    "political rant"

    This is the same kind of relentless political rant that one finds in Atlas Shrugged; not only do I disagree with the philosophy, but the action which one expects from Crichton was far-fetched (actually, I guess living dinosaurs are pretty far-fetched too but this was unbelievable action in a believable setting). Probably I could have suspended my credulity, if I had not been so put off by Creighton's preaching: e.g. Environmentalists are likely to be terrorists, DDT should never have been banned and LOTS more in that vein. Sometimes I disagree with the criticisms of the narrator (Anna Fields is always wonderful it's JCO's latest book that is bad), but in this case, they are justified.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Hess 05-09-16

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    "For a change"

    I'm totally disappointed.
    I was looking for a change of pace novel.
    Only stuck with it for a few chapters.
    Seemed to jump from one place to another in a disjointed fashion.
    Wouldn't recommend unless you are a diehard fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 02-02-16
    Mary 02-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't make it past the first few chapters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

    Not sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from State of Fear?

    I couldn't make it past the first few chapters. I think I only listened to about an hour. I just couldn't get drawn in.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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