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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, May 2015 - Years ago, as I was just starting to explore the genre of sci-fi, my best friend (a huge Crichton fan) urged me to read Jurassic Park – the basis, of course, for the blockbuster film franchise. I'm not too ashamed to admit that the movie terrified me as a kid, but in many ways, the novel is even more frightening, as it relies more heavily on the science that makes Jurassic Park possible – and very unstable – adding an unsettling dose of reality to this cautionary tale. I'm so excited to relive this book in audio as it’s released unabridged for the very first time with the incredible Scott Brick narrating – providing the perfect measured, authoritative voice for such a science-heavy listen. And with Jurassic World coming this summer, there's simply no better time to dive in to this classic. —Sam, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.
Until something goes wrong....
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
©1990 Michael Crichton and © 2014 by Dinosaur Holdings LLC. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Frighteningly real...compelling.... It'll keep you riveted." ( The Detroit News)
"Crichton's dinosaurs are genuinely frightening." ( Chicago Sun-Times)
"Full of suspense." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Scott Brick brings a chilling calm to the complex story with his deep, even tone and clear enunciation.... He does a particularly fine portrayal of John Hammond, the creator of the controversial park, giving the character a raspy edge that suits the dark agenda beneath his grandfatherly facade." ( AudioFile)
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16


Crichton was a genius. He was a rare kind of genius that could explain complex scientific concepts in an entertaining fun way to us laymen. I have compared him to Arthur C. Clarke, which is high praise indeed. Crichton has probably launched many careers in science with his ability to show the wonder and magic of science.

The first half of this book is full of all that wonder I mentioned above. Several different sciences were beautifully explained. Crichton also has a scene of tremendous suspense, involving a little girl and a dinosaur. If Crichton had no science in his writing, he still would be a popular writer with his abilities to build suspense, not just say this happened and than that happened. It is my own personal quirk, but I am not a fan of overly long chase scenes, shoot-em ups or things that explode. I know I am rare in that. Had this book ended at the halfway point (about 7 and a half hours), it would have got a glowing review from me. The last half of the book is mostly being chased, eaten, and thrown around by dinosaurs. There is still some science thrown in, but it reads mostly like it was written for the movie. This much running around lost its appeal for me and my mind kept wondering. I got impatient for it to get over with. The whole frog thing was disappointing also. He kept making it sound like some big deal and big secret no one knew about. Anybody with any minor interest in science knew the answer from the beginning. I still gave the book four stars, as the first half was so wonderful.

Slap her please
I would also like to ask from those who read the book, did you want to slap the crap out of that little girl as much as I did. I was hoping they would throw her to the dinosaurs before it was over.

Scott Brick is one of the most prolific narrators around. He is hard to ignore, but I actually did for about two years. He used to have a tendency to read every sentence tremendous dramatic flair, even if it was some mundane chore like drinking a glass of water. In this book I was amazed by his performance. He already had the voice, but now his inflections fit the mood of each and every sentence. If you have been avoiding his narration, rest assured that you will love him in this reading.

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By kenneth on 05-12-15


Would you listen to Jurassic Park again? Why?

I've listened to John Heard's Abridged version of this book for YEARS. I've listened to it about 100 times. It's a CLASSIC. Now we have the FULL VERSION!

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GET THIS RIGHT AWAY! It's a million times better than the amazing movie.

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By kmcca5 on 05-20-15

Jurassic Park!

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An excellent novel, fast paced, exciting, thrilling add in the huge frigging dinosaurs and what else could you ask for?

I used to have an old abridged version of this on cassette when I was a kid and I listen to it so much it eventually wore out so I was extremely excited to see that this unabridged version was coming out.

Scott Brick was an perfect choice of narrator because he is a master at building up tension when needed in a story telling.

I think I saw the film 5 times at the cinema when it came out and loved it, (I was twelve back then so who can blame me!) but the book is so very much better and that is saying something. CGI effects in film can date with time but your imagination’s special effects never do. I absolutely love this Audiobook.

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By sarahmoose2000 on 05-17-15

Excellent Ride

You all know the plot from the film - mad billionaire creates a theme part full of genetically modified dinosaurs. I have to say though, and a lot of this is to do with the narration (Scott Brick is a favourite of mine), the audiobook is much more exciting.

Despite the T-Rex making the front cover, it is the velociraptors that stole the show; from seemingly adorable babies to cunning, predator adults. Kudos to Dr Grant, if I was him, I would have left Lex behind - she was incredibly annoying and kept putting them in danger, wee pain!

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By Brenton on 01-23-18

Many differences from the movie

Heavily philosophical in parts, and a little preachy, but the storyline is terrific and different enough from the movie to be suspenseful and interesting. I don't know if Speilberg's vision makes it easier, or if it's an impediment to really imagining this incredible world, but appreciating both as separate pieces of art would be my advice.

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By George on 06-10-15

Great story

Awesome audiobook that's actually really different from the movie.

It was very detailed and informative for a fictional text and very addictive.

Highly recommended...

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