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Publisher's Summary

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense.

Prey is a novel you can't put down.

Because time is running out.

©2002 Michael Crichton (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.; 16 9; 2002 Recorded Books, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Crichton is the master of the sci-tech thriller, and nowhere is that more evident than in his latest page-turner, a scary, wild ride that is, without a doubt, his best in years." (Booklist)
"From the opening pages of Crichton's electrifying new thriller...readers will know they are in the hands of a master storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

A great "read" overall. It starts slow thanks to TONS of background on the characters -- far too much, I thought -- but once Jack gets into the meat of the plot it is thrilling. I'd also reiterate what's been said earlier: The sample clip is largely of Michael Crichton himself narrating the foreward to the book - very dry. The actual narrator, George Wilson, picks it up at Chapter 1 and is SUPERB in his reading. He expertly acts all the parts in the book, convincingly giving you men, women, and children characters. His performance really elevated this audiobook a notch.

85 of 88 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Decent story with irritating reading

The story was the sort of story I was expecting. If you've read other Michael Crichton books think Andromeda Strain not Jurassic Park. Lots of technical stuff but doesn't get to gripping suspense until the end. Unfortunately the narrator did an adequate job of reading but was licking his lips or swallowing constantly. I'm usually pretty tolerant about such things but this was so bad that I found it very distracting from the story.

40 of 41 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good Thriller

If you are a fan of Creighton's other works, especially his earlier titles, this is a very enjoyable listen. I did find that I was able to deduce the plot after about 2 chapters maximum, but the elegant way the story unfolds makes up for a degree of this transparency. The last few chapters were very exciting and I found myself truly doubting whether the hero would be able to come out on top, which in my mind is the sign of a good thriller.

The only other problem I had was the heavy use of technical asides that really didn't add very much to the story. In most cases, the information presented is mildly interesting at best and could be left out with no real difference. It seems almost as though Creighton can't decide if he should explain everything or nothing, and the technical details fall into the middle range, where the scientific minded will find them superficial and cumbersome, and the average reader will find an excessive amount of jargon and trivia.

Still, it was a good story and worth your time.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

intriguing premise, but difficult to tolerate

If you could overlook just how ignorant the main character was of anyone else's intentions, it was an intriguing book. The guy was a real dope. And it was a shame that most of the questions that came up during the story were only answered in the summary at the end, rather than truly being part of the story - like Crichton got tired of writing and just wanted to quickly tie up the loose ends in one paragraph. Where "Timeline" was one of the most thoroughly memorable books I've ever been through, this one will be notable only with respect to it's unfulfilled potential.

79 of 84 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Average at best.

Maybe it was because I'd just listened to King's Gunslinger series, but I found the writing to be amateur at best. If you're expecting a "can't stop listening" type of book, move on. If you just need to use this month's book club credit, it might be worth it - but don't expect much. I think this book might make a decent special effects movie but it was painful at times to listen to. Maybe with a better reader (he was very unimpressive)?

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Terrifying

As a rule, I'm not a big Crichton fan. This book changed my mind. Well written. Well researched. Terrific plot of a terrifying possibility. The icing on the Crichton cake? The book's narrator. Why can't every book have such a perfect reader?

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book!

This was a great sci-fi, suspence, action novel! It kept me on my toes guessing what was next. I am in the computer/technology industry and this has some very interesting concepts. The narrator did a very good job which helped make the book even better. This was one of the best ones I have listened to since joining Audible. Definitely recommend!!!

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Bring a hair dryer

George Wilson (the reader) must drool more than my 4 month old daughter. Geesus! He made me sick after the first three sentences. Be forewarned that at the end of about every three sentences, the reader slurps, swallows, and slurps again. You'd think a best selling author could keep his reader from what sounds like eating corn on the cob while doing the performance. I can just see the guy, jowls flopping, waddle quivering, foaming lips - and a pool of saliva gathering on the desktop and dripping off the microphone. He all but destroyed any value. Be sure to towel off after listening to this book.

68 of 79 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

I would rather have read Snowcrash a second time

This book had a great concept but moved very slowly. It was painful to watch the main character miss all the clues. He finally put everything together at the very end when most readers probably already figured it out. I really could have spent my time better listening to SnowCrash a second time then waste it with this book.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Simply awful

First of all, characterizing Prey as a novel is deceptive. It is clearly nothing more than the early storyboard work for a truly awful summer blockbuster. The plot is slow, predictable, and overburdened with alarmist tangents. The characters and dialog are inane and infuriatingly stupid. I found myself rooting for the evil faceless cloud, at least until the evil cloud got a face of its own and became just as insipid as the rest of the characters. The science, of which there is a heavy dose delivered without apparent critical thinking, is implausible on every level. I remember enjoying Sphere and Jurassic Park several years ago, and I don't really know how Prey turned out this way. All I can think is that Prey must have been ghostwritten, churned out not by Crichton but by a fog of swarming nanomachines, able to type but having no knowledge of how actual people think, communicate, or behave.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Rscott39
  • 03-21-16

Just not 'there'

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narration, faster plot

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Reduced the initial build up by about a third

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was monotonous and flat.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the mix of real science and pure fiction, a hallmark of Chrichton's books is still there.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • 10-31-18

Another classic book

I think I read the book when it first came out, and will be happy to listen again in the future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-18

High-tech Crichton - the micro stuff this time.

Nerve wracking,edge of your seat stuff. Difficult to turn off for the last 5 chapters.

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  • R. Kromhout
  • 12-18-17

Less fun than I remembered, but still pretty good.

read this back when it came out and remember loving it. listening to it now I could hardly recall anything about it. in the sense that i seem to remember a fairly different story. one that didn't have the weird hybrids at the end. anyway, still good. the explanations for some of the tech are enjoyable. narrator did a good job.

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  • Sister F
  • 07-13-17

Classic Crichton

Prey is Michael Crichton on top form, a great adventure, well researched technology and believable characters. The narrator does a great job too, a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook - I might go right back to the start and listen to it again!

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  • Chris
  • 03-24-17

B movie book

Great book, plot felt kind of like a trashy B movie sci fi film, which is intended as a compliment, they're my favourite films! i also really liked the liked the main character. Its not a world shattering book but an entertaining easy listen in the 'hard sci fi' genre

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  • Robbie
  • 05-13-16

A good listen

Keeps you hooked pretty much from the start. Good performance and moved along nicely. Recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-25-18

Nanotech - & the family story

I totally enjoyed Crichton's science / nanotech story line and the detail therein, but felt he spent too much time on the social / family side. Perhaps Crichton is trying to make a scientist appear like normal family man? While the family side was needed to make the story complete, the teenage antics etc could have been left out, of what was otherwise a really good story with enjoyable detail of the science behind the nano developments. Jennifer Elwin

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  • Robert W. White
  • 04-09-18

use a gate when recording

everything is great about this audiobook. except the engineer didnt use a gate so there is constant mouth noises and other sounds during talk breaks.