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From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a neurological thriller about the dangers of cutting-edge medical experimentation.
Harry Benson suffers from violent seizures. So violent that he often blacks out when they take hold. Shortly after severely beating two men during an episode, the police escort Benson to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment. There, Dr. Roger McPherson, head of the prestigious Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, is convinced he can cure Benson with an experimental procedure that would place electrodes deep in his brain's pleasure centers, effectively short-circuiting Harry's seizures with pulses of bliss. The surgery is successful, but while Benson is in recovery, he discovers how to trigger the pulses himself. To make matters worse his violent impulses have only grown, and he soon escapes the hospital with a deadly agenda....
©1972 Michael Crichton and © 2014 by TCIP Holdings LLC (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kim Venatries on 09-04-15

Ahh.. The Pre-Micro Chip Era

This is a well-written thriller, a cautionary tale of man’s relationship to and with technology. Written in the early 1970s, it was very cutting edge for its time. The fear of technology, especially computers, taking over the world is ribboned throughout the story. I would recommend this listen for its nostalgic (historic?!) value even if you are too young to remember when smoking was allowed in hospital rooms, a female surgeon was an oddity and a file cabinet sized computer was a slick, very expensive science miracle. As thrillers go, it’s not edge of your seat but, as with much of Michael Crichton’s work, it will make you think.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Doren on 09-11-15

Not the best Crichton

Yikes. I thought this would be an interesting blast from the past, but the story is plodding, the characters are not engaging, and the narrator is pretty over the top. Pick a different Crichton novel, this one deserves to stay on the shelf.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Helvornak on 08-22-17

Storey not strong enough

Too many doctors, but without individual enough characters to discern between them. Worth a read, but not at the price.

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