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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Crichton Travels May 15 2013
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I borrowed of copy of this book from a friend and wanted to share it with others!! So I bought enough to spread around!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels Feb. 19 2010
Travels by Michael Crichton is an excellent read. As his first book he takes you down an intimate path through his medical training, and then abroad to exotic countries throughout the world sharing his experiences in self discovery. I recommend reading this book before his other novels as it really serves to introduce the author in his own personal way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TRAVELING INTO THE LIFE OF MICHAEL CRICHTON Sept. 13 2009
This is the only book of Michael Crichton that I was missing and so I bought it to complete my library. I knew not to expect a book of fiction because it is not one. What I did not expect was how much I was to enjoy it!

Besides small side-remarks, there is nothing about his childhood or his upbringing. These stories are the memoirs of an aspiring writer trapped into an Ivy League arc that was to land him an MD. But he got away. Well, maybe too far away...
The first stories describe his ever growing disillusionment with both medicine and its practitioners. Later on Crichton goes into his personal journeys in life, both around the world and professionally. From inside Hollywood trivia to scuba diving tips; from exotic culture shocks to the benefits of meditation; and from escaping mortal danger in Jamaica to having his ...aura fluffed, no corner of Michael Crichton's mind remains obscured.

Crichton's insights may not always be easy to share but one has to appreciate his candor. Because of his untimely death, this book is a major part of his legacy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing can beat nonfiction June 14 2004
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For me it is Chrichton's best book although I was disturbed by its last few chapters. It is an acconut of Chrichton's experiences as a med student, as a writer, as a director and even as a fanatic (telepathy, out of the body experiences, auras etc). The tales are funny yet irreverent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with each read Dec 8 2003
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This book is amazing. Not only does it have the great Crichton voyeuristic side of being taken into different worlds, but it also has a reveletory nature that really makes you stop and think about life. I am a super cynical person, but this book made me extremely contemplative about human nature.
Yes, a lot of it is like a time trip into the 70s (auras, bending spoons, esp) but since Crichton is SO well educated and smart, it makes it much more interesting to read about than from some new agey-type that you can just write off as being a weirdo. When hiking in the desert I've thought many times of him talking to a cactus and had a good giggle.
Also I really liked how each chapter is a self-contained story.
When oh when will he write Travels 2???
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I've been a fan of Crichton's fiction since I first read Jurassic Park years ago. I love how he mixes reality with the potential science of the future. The events in his novels may not be possible, but when Crichton tells the story you believe that they are plausible. Perhaps it is Crichton's attention to detail that makes the stories both so interesting as well as believable. It is this same attention to detail that makes Travels such an interesting book.
Travels is a series of essays broken up into two sections. The first section deals with Crichton's time in medical school. These stories are very interesting as we get to see some of the inner working of hospitals, and some of the stuff that we wouldn't see on TV (and might not believe if we did). This was a fascinating section. The second section of the book was most of the book and it dealt with Crichton's travels. I'm not a huge fan of travel writing (normally), but I was blown away by the depth (or length) of Crichton's travels. He truly is a world traveler and we are told of his experiences climbing mountains, exploring remote corners of the world. Not only has Michael Crichton had several lifetimes of experience, but he tells the stories very well. Most are very short, but very interesting.
I don't think that Travels will be a book that I have any interest in re-reading, but it was a good book to read once and I'm glad I did. Crichton has a lot of stories to tell and he tells them well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but too much spiritualism Sept. 19 2003
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This is the kind of book that gets you involved into a person's actual life and adventures. As all the books of M.C. the story telling is terrific, full of action and fun.
Rarely is when you can read a documented story of an skeptic becoming a full believer in the trends of past life experiences, auras, etc.
In my opinion this could have been a great book if the secound part of it was not as supernatural packed, but hey.. It's his life!!! . I got a little bored at the end.
By having all these experiences (and the money to pay for them! ) it's easy to understand that getting in touch with our inner nature and the nature that sorrounds us is the turning point for having that type of creativity and imagination.
I wouldn't read this book again but I had a good time reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Adventurer and Curious Skeptic July 28 2003
This book is an excellent combination of "regular guy" adventures, humor, and the curiosities of a Harvard-trained skeptic. I have read many of the stories twice and come out with something new each time, especially when Crichton learns something about himself-I find myself enlightened. Also, I lately have been curious about certain psychic phenomenon but am somewhat of a skeptic. Crichton shows its okay to explore these areas, whether you choose to embrace their existence or not depends on your experience.
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