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I'm a huge fan of previous Crichton books. Of course I was a little nervous if this one would work out, since it was only a partial manuscript found after his death, and the majority of the book was written by someone else (Richard Preston). Since Mr. Preston wrote far more of the book than Crichton did, it seems disingenuous for Crichton to be "Headlining" the cover.
While I know this is a cliche to say... I really wanted to like this book. The first scene was appropriately creepy, and I got excited for what was to come. Then it devolved into what was (for me) the audiobook equivalent of nails on a chalkboard.
There is a way for a good author to get his readers to a place where they are willing to accept the fantastical, and are able to go along on what would otherwise be an unbelievable adventure - it's done all the time. This book either forgets to take us along or is unable to to do so, which leaves the reader looking at a ridiculous scenario that can do nothing but make you think back to the old "Honey I Shrunk.." movies from the 80's.
The way we're introduced to all the characters and their scientific specialties is so clumsy and awkward it's painful to sit through. The writing style seemed oddly dated; with on character flipping another person off while saying "Sit on it", and another character explaining "She plays for the other team". All the dialogue in the book seemed juvenile, forced, and amateurish. It was something a high school student could be genuinely proud of writing... but not something I want to pay for.
The narrator was not good. There are so many great ones out there, and I think perhaps I've become spoiled; but this was only a small step up for some sort of automated computer voice, in my opinion.
If you've read my other reviews, you know I'm not hard to please - I love all kinds of books and just want to hear a decent story. This book couldn't deliver on that most basic of levels for me, and I was very disappointed.
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This book is just plain horrible. The characters are unbelievable and boring going on long tirades about nature. The sci-fi technology aspects of the book are quickly glossed over almost like they were just getting in the way of the nature tirades.
It was so bad I gave up. I listened for 6 annoying hours and had to stop. I don't know how much Crichton had to do with this book but it is by far the worst thing with his name on it.
Save your money, save your credit, pass on this book.
58 of 64 people found this review helpful