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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 23 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345418972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345418975
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (658 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story consists of strange happenings near a sunken (1) spaceship (2) time machine (3) something else - non of which is ever explained. The characters are wooden, each spending his time trying to understand what is happening. Neither they nor the reader ever finds this out. In the last ten or so pages (which, the blurb says, will not allow the reader to put the book down) the three remaining characters, after having ascended to the surface, just decide to forget everything that happened to them. I wish I could.
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By Kyle Miller on Nov. 25 2013
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Great psychological thriller, classic Crichton. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and always curious as what comes next. And a curious ending.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Intriguing as always, exciting from the first page, strong for the first 2/3rds and less "editorializing" than usual, but it's just not as good as his higher concept novels. But it's still very enjoyable all the way through, and as always makes you think. It feels a little dated now, but I re-read it last week and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Sphere should definitely be a part of any Crichton fan's library. Skip the movie, though. Here, the science is less "convincing" than in Jurrassic Park (which is mostly convincing, but stretched) and Prey (which is better writing and fun, but not convincing). But that doesn't matter, because Crichton can write an adventure like few others (as long as character isn't important--character's here take backseat to concept and science). Pace, as always is good. More a rollicking adventure than "something to think about" (typical of later novels) and quite enjoyable on that level. It's the kind of novel you'll tear through in a weekend at most. And that's a good thing.
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As I wrote my Listmania best sci-fi list, I looked through my collection and found Sphere, and immediately wanted to review it. I have to say that while Michael Crichton has written some great (and not so great) novels, this one is my favorite. Admittedly I am slightly biased (with good reason, I think) because it has a special place in my thoughts above all of the other fiction I have read. This is the novel that really opened my eyes to reading. It was one of the first "grown up novels" that I ever read back in 7th grade, and ever since Sphere I have read insatiably. For me, no book had ever combined so many exciting scientific ideas with such burgeoning action, suspense, and artistry. As I read it now I still relive those feelings and have yet to find a novel that can top it.

Crichton isn't known for his flowing prose or incredible dialogue, but what he does well (maybe the best) is he combines scientific themes with a very readable and engaging plot, and this creates incredibly appealing and imaginative novels. If Crichton is the best at this type of novel, Sphere is Crichton's best at doing what he does best! The science makes it compelling, and the story line is absolutely engulfing. What sets Sphere a part from other novels though is its excellent plot twists. Until the end, questions such as "what is the alien?", "how will the characters deal with it and each other?" leave the reader frantically flipping through the pages. These will get answered by an outstanding plot twist which never disappoints. In contrast to many novels that contain plot twists but ultimately fail to satisfyingly wrap up the story, Sphere delivers. I would impel anyone who wants to read any science fiction, or wants to read some Crichton: start with Sphere, you won't be disappointed!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading "Sphere" not only is it an interesting book but I love how Crichton manages to take scientific subjects (cloning in Jurassic Park, Disease epidemics in The Adromeda Strain) and make them easy to understand and become engrossed with.

In this book a group of scientists are taken deep into the ocean to look at what they feel is going to be an airplane crash. Instead they are forced to deal with a long list of things, the possibility of an alien encounter, time travel, black holes, and a mysterious sphere that is clearly not from around here and which possesses a strange power.

The book is suspenseful, interesting and I loved the different theories that are going around when the scientists are all trying to figure out and explain things. But still despite all that it is still easy to understand and to become engrossed with. I really enjoyed this one.
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By Edgar on Sept. 26 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This sci-fi story has a very interesting idea, with cool technology (that's still relatively advanced for nowadays' standards), and very interesting characters who have interesting interactions. There are also good action seuquences. Recommended strongly if you like Crichton and sci-fi.
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By A Customer on June 16 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
basically.....this book is GOOD. if u love sci fi and michael crichton....you'll love this too.....very suspenseful and it isnt boring for the first 100 pages like mosst books....it keeps you thinking and thinking untill the end.
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Format: Paperback
Oh My God. Wow. This Book is Awsome. A must read. I watch the movie, and the book was much better. The ending was the best.
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