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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)

Featured Article: Book vs. Movie—Jurassic Park


Michael Crichton's 1990 sci-fi best seller became a cultural phenomenon with Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster film adaptation. But what are the key differences between the novel and the movie? One of the most beloved sci-fi adventure films ever made, Spielberg's juggernaut Jurassic Park is a feat of animatronic work, impeccable casting, and wildly perfect pacing. No less incredible, still, is the novel on which it's based, Crichton's masterpiece. But just how similar are the two? If you're looking for the major differences between Jurassic Park the book and the movie, we've got you covered.

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A little disappointing, to be honest.

If your favorite part of Jurassic Park was Malcom’s long, pretentious, pseudoscience rants, then this is the perfect book for you!
If your favorite part of Jurassic Park was people being attacked by dinosaurs then you will be disappointed.

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Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here...

This is a fantastic sequel to Jurassic Park! Great technical discussions, a fun, exciting story, (which had minor flaws, as other reviewers have pointed out), but it's about dinosaurs!! If you can suspend your disbelief when it comes to the dinosaurs, then why harp on the character's flaws? Go with it!
My brother got this for me when it first came out, and I loved it so much, I have since read almost all of Crichton's other novels. And if you have seen the movie, please don't let its lousiness detract you. This novel is not like the movie at all. And it's got Dodgson, a much better villain than the 25 Marlboro men and Hammond's nephew that were in the movie,(and nowhere in the book.) With all due respect Mr.Spielberg, exactly which parts of this book did you actually read?
Scott Brick, you are the man, please do an unabridged version of Jurassic Park, so I can enjoy an audiobook of the only Crichton novel that is possibly better than this one.

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So much better than the movie

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is nothing like the movie. After finishing the book i saw the movie again and maybe 5% of the book was used in the movie. Not even the major plot is the same.

If you liked the first movie and the first book definitely read this book. It is very detailed and keeps the listener interested all the way through

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Diving into the Lost World

I am finding this audio book to be intriguing. I have seen some mediocre reviews of Michael Crichton's work, but I definitely do not agree. If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, jump on in as I did. Even though the book was published in 1996 it has not become outdated and I have found it to be far better than the Jurassic Park movies.

I listen to this while I am driving. The narrator reads clearly and smoothly. His voice is easy to listen to, and his tone is excellent.

Definitely a great listen!

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I wish the MOVIE was just like the book!

What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

Everything about this story was fabulous! It was a "page turner", pardon the pun, but you never wanted to pause this book! I am a paleo-geologist and have been in love with the Jurassic series since the movie came out in 1993. I finally now have finished the Lost World and the movie would have been so much better if it actually followed the book. The story line, the characters, and everything involved with this book was spot on!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were very well written and it is a shame that in the movie they COMPLETELY left out Richard Levine... He was such a main character, I do not know that they were thinking!

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Fantastic!! So easy to listen too and follow!! Great job!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!!! But couldn't because of the length, but it kept you involved the whole time! "Page turner"

Any additional comments?

Read/listen to this book! You will not regret it!

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So different to the movie!

I know I shouldn't compare the books to the movies but in this case it was me watching the movie before reading the book! I read book 1 years ago but never did read this! These movies are among my favourite so it was with eagerness that I started this. I was so surprised by how different it is to the movie (I supposed I shouldn't be too surprised because nearly ever movie is different to the book!!) but delighted also, because I loved this one! Even if you've read the book, I'd recommend giving the audio a go!

Scott Brick was once again great! He really knows how to tell the story and how to bring the listener in. I'm so glad he narrated this one too.

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Great Read,

I thought the narrator was kinda just too plain. He did vary the voices between characters, but I felt like the changes should have been more drastic, or at least noticeable.

Overall I found the story both very interesting, and very captivating. As a stand alone book I found it to be quite good from beginning to end. Having read the first book, I listened to this thinking of it as more of a sequel and found it to be lacking. Other than borrowing a few characters and reusing the familiar companies and locations, it really did nothing to follow up the first book. In fact, I would say that knowing the events of the first book only gave me 'inside knowledge' during one 5min segment of the story. Even then the details provided were more than enough to understand what the reader needed to to continue the story.

But still, as its own book and story, I found it near impossible to put down. From the moment I got going, I couldn't stop listening. I even went as far at to listen to it secretly as I worked a few long shifts.

As a final note I feel I must admit that I could very well be somewhat bias, as I do love the movie series. With that said both this book and it's predecessor, Jurassic Park, are nothing like the movies.

I would recommend to anyone over 13.
The end.

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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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HIGHLY recommend.

You've seen the movies, but this is so different. an in depth view of the story of Jurassic Park and InGen.

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It it's a great read or listen

I just really love these book and they are so I formative but thrilling and just when you think Ian is going on a boring rant action springs forth, though I actually like it when Ian goes on a rant. Really good books and it's read by a pretty good narrator, though he doesn't have too many different voice and sometime I'll get confused on who is speaking.

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