Natural Selection

  • by Dave Freedman
  • Narrated by Brian Emerson
  • 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A team of marine scientists is on the verge of making the most stunning discovery in the history of man: a previously unknown predatory species, alive now, evolving just like the dinosaurs, and being forced out of its world and into man's for a violent first encounter. In their quest for answers, they engage a host of fascinating characters, experts in neurology and deep sea geology, flight-simulation wizards, and evolution historians, and set off together to exotic locales, experiencing love, friendship, loyalty, and betrayal along the way. When people start dying, the real hunt begins.
Weaving science and thriller in a way not seen since Jurassic Park, Natural Selection is that rare blend of intricately layered research, rich characters, and tornado pacing.

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What the Critics Say

"Jaws meets Charles Darwin." (USA Today)
"[An] entertaining debut; possesses all the predatory features to provide maximum chills....An awesome beach read." (Publishers Weekly)

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Some editor greenlighted this?

The first half is okay, interesting although the science is a stretch. I could deal with that, I even enjoyed it. Once the critters leave the water though, the book goes off the rails.

First off, can you imagine two-ton rays floating around like butterflies? They do this without wings, just little magical rippling muscles. Boy, imagine if NASA gets a hold of this. Rockets can just float up into space from now on... suspension of disbelief is one thing, but I can't turn my brain off.

Plus the plot becomes ridiculously predictable, the narration is childish, and the dialogue is embarrassing. The author repeats the same phrases in the space of a couple of pages. I can only believe a publisher read the first half and thought it would be a good Crichton clone. He didn't bother reading the second half where the book becomes a slasher flick with writing that a ten-year old could improve on.
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- chris

did a 10 year old write the 2nd half

I enjoyed the first half of the book. I agree with other reviewers that the scientific explanations sometimes had very little relevance to the storyline. But I love the Discover channel, so they were barable. But then when I started listening to the second part. AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!

From then on it pretty much drops into sillyness. And it was tough to even finish listening. Too bad, cause it really was interesting for the first half.
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- stiingya

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.