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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 page-turning 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 reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear.

©2004 Michael Crichton (P)2004 Harper Audio

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Fiction (Abridged)

"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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  • Brian
  • Racine, WI, USA
  • 04-26-05

State of Fear - A Refreshing Point of View

This book was one of the few that I have listened to several times.

It is refreshing to hear a different side to the environmental scare tactics that we have been flodded with since the end of the cold war.

I would say that if you are conservative, you will love it. If not, you may have trouble accepting the results of Crichton's research (which are documented and referenced).

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Very well written

I enjoyed this book so much that it was hard to put down before I finished it. It was very well researched and it presented a different version of the current global warming scare.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amber
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 01-18-05

Not so bad

This book lost me a little in the beginning. As soon as the story revealed itself, I found it extremely interesting and very exciting. I am afraid that I have to disagree with the other review that claims that the story is full of tree hugging environmentalism. The book is ABOUT environmental activism, as the blurb for the book states that it is.
However, this story does not attempt to promote a zealous concern for the environment, instead it points out the things that scare us the most(global warming)and provides a point of view that we may not be aware of. Even though this book is fiction, it reminds me that we don't always know both sides to every story.
This book caught my attention about 1/3 of the way through and I was hooked on it. The story is very exciting and the character development is strong. I have to say from someone that got bored with "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" that I would recommend this book to anyone with as much or more patience that I have.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Morristown, TN, USA
  • 03-08-05

Entertaining Reading

Wherever you go on the net, you are likely to see two totally disparate reviews of this book. If you are totally invested in the typical environmentalist dogma, you will not like this book, because it discusses the possibility that the current environmentalist dogma is largely rhetoric-based and sensationalist. If you can keep an open mind, you'll find this an entertaining book much in the same vein of the other Creighton novels. Entertaining plot, world-traveling, adventure, etc. Worth the read, IMHO.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining book

I found the book extremely enlightning and exciting. It illustrates what a bunch of kooks occupy the environmental movement and how truly ignorant the elite monied class are in supporting the movement.

I enjoyed it and is a worthwhile audiobook if your not a environmental kook.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Too much talk, not enough action

I usually love Crichton's books. This one was very disappointing. There is so much preaching about the fallacy of the global warming theory that there is very little room left for an actual plot. The characters are too thinly sketched to make you care about them. If you haven't listened to "Prey," I recommend that instead.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The book for all who care about climate change

This is undoubtedly the best and most influential work he has ever done.

Genius shows in his ability to mix excitement and important information seamlessly.

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A Major Disappointment from a Serious Chricton Fan

First things first- ignore reviews that say this book is a platform for Greenpeace and treehuggers. Whoever says that did not read/listen to this book because in fact, it discredits quite a few principles held by environmentalists for decades. Even though I consider myself environmentally aware, that particular aspect of the book was actually interesting and I learned a bit from it. The rest is disappointing. I bought this title to listen to on a roadtrip expecting the same high level of storytelling I've always enjoyed from Michael Crichton, but it was too corny to be enjoyable. It was confusing at first and then a bit weird, with cheesy romantic subplots whose descriptions made me laugh out loud. Try another of his books, you won't be disappointed- but skip this one.

7 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Marlene
  • Kimberling City, MO, USA
  • 12-22-04

State of Fear

This was the biggest disapointment I've ever had in all my years of listening. It's nothing but an platform for treehuggers, global warming, Greenpeace and similar "claptrap". No wondder they didn't give an overview on the dustjacket or on the Audible listing. Save your book credit on this one.

18 of 54 people found this review helpful

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So Bad, It made Me Mad

I was, until now, a big Michael Crichton fan. However, Crichton's "State of Fear" was more than just disappointing-- it made me mad.

The entire book is a thinly veiled neo-conservative, anti-environmentalist political message. Crichton tries to convince his readers that global warming is not really happening and that we should not be concerned about man's impact on nature. He does this with embarassingly flawed reasoning-- little more than warmed over republican talking points. (Wow- talk about science-fiction !) Then Crichton really goes over the top as he tries to show that any person who cares about the environment is absolutely foolish and perhaps even dangerous. Crichton tries to make the reader resent anybody who is concerned about the environment. It is really odd. He even kills off a good-hearted environmentalist character and expects the reader to feel like the brutal killing was well-deserved because of the character's environmental intentions.

Crichton's anti-environmentalist premise could have been turned into a complex exploration of issues and characters. Howver, his characters in this book are paper-thin and simplistic mouthpieces for the author's propaganda. And there is no exploration of issues, just one-sided "lectures" from the author's warped perspective.

It is an act of faith, to read a book. You open your mind to the author's story or message and you trust the author to be responsible with his discourse. On this one, I felt that this trust had been betrayed. I resent Crichton's trojan-horse method of trying to slide his warped message into our minds in the guise of an adventure-thriller story. Well, the story was not an adventure and it was not thrilling. I don't think I will trust Crichton again after wasting my time, money and mind on this book. Sorry, Michael. I didn't think it would end like this...

10 of 40 people found this review helpful