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I've seen the movie, but that didn't take away from the book at all what so ever. Great 'whodunit' with more twists and turns than you'd ever expect! Also the way MC weaves real information into a great story is unbeatable. Definitely recommend.
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I enjoy a lot of Crichton so when I saw Rising Sun hit audible I snagged it (and Sphere, great book but didn't like the movie). I thought the book was great, it was fun noting the similarities and differences between the book and movie. The performance was pretty good, I even felt like I could hear a bit of Sean Connery in the reading of Connor's lines. Smith is nothing like Wesley Snipes however. In the book the character is white and comes off a bit different. Having seen the movie first and enjoying Snipes as Smith I didn't have any difficulty adjusting to Crichton's original version of Smith and from the beginning was able to get engrossed in the story. The only knock I'd give the performance is how annoying the reader does the voice of Smiths young daughter. Pretty bad. Fortunately she doesn't have many lines.
I've read that Crichton took some heat when the book came out, accusations of racism and Japan bashing. Having read that and then listening to this book I can *kind of* see how those criticisms got off the ground but overall I don't think that was his intention. I definitely wouldn't avoid the book based on that.
All in all I enjoyed it and am looking forward to moving on to Sphere.
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