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Publisher's Summary

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

But there are rumors that something has survived.

©1996 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Harrowing thrills...fast-paced and engaging." (People)
"Action-packed." (New York Daily News)
"Fast and gripping" (The Washington Post Book World)

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Good!

I liked the movie, and I liked the book! Also the narrator is a vert good one!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Would not recommend

I have read several of his past books (and liked them) and was really disappointed by The Lost World. I found the characters one dimensional and poorly developed. People consistently said, felt and did things in the book that just didn't make sense given the context. It was almost as if he would pause writing a scene, then forget what his characters and just faced and mechanically move forward to the next scene. This included people
having petty scientific arguments minutes after witnessing a gruesome death, or PhDs not understanding obvious points that one of the children characters would have to explain.

Overall I couldn't enjoy the book because it failed so deeply to reflect actual human interaction and behavior. I'd recommend reading something else.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Better than the movie

Loved it. No complaints except a little more Carnotaurus wouldve been great. The performance was also very good.

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Not as good as the original.

I've always been a believer of "The book is better than the movie. The lost world remains to be one of my favorite films, but I can't say that about the book. Did you like the first book? Did you want a sequel thats more Ian Malcolm talking about things you could sum up in a few sentances? Did you want more Michael Cricheton being paranoid that technology will bring about mankinds undoing? Then this is your book. If you wanted to see the film made paper but with all the other cool stuff that got cut out of the film this sadly isn't the boon for you.

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New Breed

Kudos to Scott Brick for nailing it again. The second installment of the "Jurassic Park" novels was always good. I read it a few years ago, and it was lovely to find it here.

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Good story

Good story but very different from the movie. Ian could talk a lot at some points but still interesting most of the time.

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Scott brick made me feel like i was in thw story!

this was a wonderful book and storytelling! i felt as if i was in the book.

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Pretty bad writing

The book is very sloppy in its logic so that Crichton could squeeze out what was no-doubt a big money-making follow-up to Jurassic Park. Even speculative fiction needs to follow certain rules of logic so that the reader can suspend disbelief. Here we are asked to believe that all those extremely public deaths and destruction before a world-wide audience at the theme-park that was Jurassic Park are--years later--a secret that no one knows about? That the technology that the park creators used is still a baffling mystery? Just so Crichton can basically tell the same story again? Uh, no. That's absurd.

As are the reportedly brilliant characters (the author keeps TELLING us how brilliant they are) who keep doing stupid thing after stupid thing. And the cloying children who manage to fulfill every cliche the author picked up from a hundred cutesy movies. In sum, the story is stupid, the characters are cardboard nothings--the villain may as well twirl a mustache--and the author's frequent intrusions to express his half-baked "scientific" ideas are pretentious and dull. I came to hope that the entire half-baked cast would get eaten by dinosaurs, but alas . . . It's like a bad children's book except it's sprinkled with the F word and a few predictable gross-outs. If only there had been more . . .

The narration is okay but slow and portentous. If you must listen, it helps to set your playback to 1.25. It's over quicker that way.

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  • Matt
  • Plainfield, il United States
  • 12-21-17

predictable to s "t"

predictable, unimaginative, almost extension Jurassic Park. I didn't hate it, and the actor reading it did a good job, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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I listen through the entire thing. Wish I hadn't.

Its definitely not his best. A slow and tedious listen/read. I should have returned it.