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5.0 out of 5 stars Long time since you read a breathtaking novel? Read this.
Why dont most people like sci-Fi novels? especially Greg Bear and Arthur.C.Clarke, because they concentrate more on science rather than entertainment. Michael Crichton is the only author who is not handicapped by this habit. One thing that is really good about crichton's novels is that you will never keep the book down in the middle. This time too, MC has not let us down...
Published on Dec 7 2002 by indru
3.0 out of 5 stars A great state of Nano Tech update, a story dissapointment.
This refers to the unabridged Audio book. The premise is great. The research and tech updates are first rate, thorough and easy to follow. The story dissapoints with literally too much action packed into too few days for any believability. One hair raising escape after another. The lead character, a middle aged, Mr Mom, out of work programmer with three small children who...
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by Antone Ferreira
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long time since you read a breathtaking novel? Read this.,
This review is from: Prey (Hardcover)Why dont most people like sci-Fi novels? especially Greg Bear and Arthur.C.Clarke, because they concentrate more on science rather than entertainment. Michael Crichton is the only author who is not handicapped by this habit. One thing that is really good about crichton's novels is that you will never keep the book down in the middle. This time too, MC has not let us down. The book guarantees 100% entertainment. For those who fel that reading novels is a waste of time. I would advice you to read any MCs books as you will learn a lot about the subject than by reading a couple of scientific journals. "Prey" concentrates on AI, genetics and Nanotechnology. After 1/3rd of the novel, the pace picks up a speed that you would never have imagined. This is definitely not one of MC's best novels, but definitely he gives you more than you would have expected from the book. My advice is, get the hard back and have a nice time.
5.0 out of 5 stars michael crichton,
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This review is from: Prey (Mass Market Paperback)awesome book. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading more of his writings when I have time
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but very fun, an easy, quick read,
This review is from: Prey (Mass Market Paperback)Prey is the best of the later Crichton's. Yes, as some have indicated, it's formulaic, right down to the "start up" venture capitalized company. But, it's just darned fun, anyway. And I like the home father spin (an extension perhaps of Disclosure, but this time a house husband instead of male employee sexually molested by a woman) and the first person treatment (unusual for Crichton). It all adds up to a fun novel. I don't buy the technology, or rather the "ultimate extension" of the technology, (certainly nanotechnology is here to stay), and it's another variation on Frankenstein, but getting past all that, it's fun reading, clever at times, more character-driven than any other Crichton novel, and on the whole a buzz (pun intended). I can't imagine anyone really coming away saying they were bored or uninterested. It's just too easy to have fun with. So, if it's formula, it's a formula that works, from the man who invented the formula. And, it's better to read a new -- and, as always, clever -- Crichton novel than to re-read an old favorite. Yes, it's familiar, but it's different enough to be enjoyable and fast-paced enough to be a quick read. I can see a movie in its future, almost certainly.
3.0 out of 5 stars A great state of Nano Tech update, a story dissapointment.,
This review is from: Prey (unabridged) (Audio Cassette)This refers to the unabridged Audio book. The premise is great. The research and tech updates are first rate, thorough and easy to follow. The story dissapoints with literally too much action packed into too few days for any believability. One hair raising escape after another. The lead character, a middle aged, Mr Mom, out of work programmer with three small children who doesn't exercise has no less than 6 death defying escapes from the nano's and their henchmen in one day - each causing wounds, bruising, etc... he just keeps on going. The reader's style is slow and tired - I guess because he's dictating all this first person the night of the final day. The tapes have way too many 10-15 second pauses that are irritating. I've read or listened to everything Crichton has published. This is not his best work... it could have been.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Interesting - but a rehashed plot device,
This review is from: Prey Cd (unabridged) (Audio CD)The story goes as follows: Jack, a computer programmer who worked on grouped processing is out of a job. His wife Julia has an executive position with a company that is using Jack's programs to develop nanotechnology spy tools for the government. The technology comes to life, goes berserk, and Jack is called in to figure it out because he understands the program. With a few interesting but highly implausible twists (as if the whole thing isn't somewhat implausible) Jack ends up saving the day, but in doing so kills his wife who has in part caused the mess.
I enjoy reading Michael Crichton novels because he usually teaches you something about science. What I find more interesting about Crichton is that he seems stuck on certain notions, namely Chaos Theory. Perhaps it is true that nature is uncontrollable (to a degree at least) and that, try as we might, we cannot predict what life will do, but how many times can you use this as a plot device? This was the entire story to Jurassic Park I, and II, and III. He does make an interesting point about psychology and how individuals may be very insightful of the problems facing other people but are usually pretty bad at understanding their own psychological problems. Overall the book was interesting to read but not my favorite Crichton novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars In popularizing technology,
This review is from: Prey Cdn Ed (Mass Market Paperback)It has been said that Crichton's common theme is the evils of technology - in this case how nanotechnology can take over the world. This has been used to accuse his "anti-science" or even "anti-advancement" sentiment.
If Crichton was truly against science, the worst thing he could do is write such amazing thrillers about them. Prey draws the public into the fantastic world of nanotechnology. Few things can do more to popularize a field of science.
At the same time, Crichton constantly reinforces the idea that technology must be leashed and precautions must be taken. This speaks less of the author and more about the world: we need more of these warnings.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good technological thriller,
This review is from: Prey (unabridged) (Audio Cassette)Jack Forman used to run a program division at MediaTronics, supervising a group of young and talented computer programmers. After Jack' division's source code had been stolen, his boss Don Gross put him in charge of security. But then Jack found out that certain "irregularities" took place at MediaTronics and, advised by his attorney Gary Marder, resigned from his job and became a "househusband". Now he is coping with all the chores at home, looking after his three children.
Jack's wife Julia works for Xymos Technology, developing technology in what the company calls "molecular manufacturing" or nanotechnology. Since she is the vice president, she is not often present at home.
The plot starts picking up when Julia is severely injured in a car accident, the circumstances of which seem rather mysterious. At the same time, Jack is asked by Tim Bergman to take a consulting job with Xymos. But when Jack joins Xymos at an isolated, sate-of-the-art facility in Nevada, he soon discovers that the technology the company is doing research on is far from flawless...
Perfect suspense combined with lots of technology, this is one of Mr Crichton's most entertaining novels.
George Wilson reading "Prey" is a remarkable performance. I highly recommend this audio book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Had the Audio Cassettes-- they were Great!!,
This review is from: Prey (Audio Cassette)Really- one of the bests books on tape I've had the pleasure
of listening to. The story was fastpaced and downright creepy.
I listened to it twice- and it made my 3 hour roundtrip commutes
something I actually looked forward to for a little while. I'll
definately be picking up more tapes of Michael Crichton's work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Crichton masterpiece,
This review is from: Prey Cdn Ed (Mass Market Paperback)Even though Michael Crichton's books often start out slow, that is because he is building characters and a world around them for the reader to believe in before taking us on whatever incredible journey he takes us. Such was how it was with "Prey" and the problems arising from nanotechnology in relation to humanity. Very suspenseful. It takes its place amongst other Michael Crichton works like "Jurassic Park", "Sphere", "Airframe", "Timeline", and so on as well as ranking up there with other science fiction/high tech books like "Neuromancer" "Mona Lisa Overdrive", "Snow Crash", "Cryptonomicon", "Altered Carbon", "Darkeye: Cyber Hunter", and so forth. Buy it...you won't be disappointed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Notes about the audio presentation ...,
This review is from: Prey Cd (unabridged) (Audio CD)I am an audio book "reader". I have a 35-minute ride to work each day and love using my time productively by listening to books on CD. Since most reviewers read books the traditional way -- which supposedly explains why I have to pay extra for audio books :) -- reviews are almost always for the printed version. Thus, I'm left to cross my fingers and hope for a good reader. I always find myself wishing for information on the quality of the reader's presentation. So, for this review, I'm focusing on the audio presentation, since the various other reviewers have covered the content of the book in great depth. My dream scenario is when the author reads the book. Somehow I equate this with being as close as possible to being inside their head. Alas, not all writers are good readers, so thank God there are excellent readers like Leonard Robert Sean. I really enjoyed his presentation. His vocal inflection was great, and his voice is very pleasant. He did a great job with the various characters in the story. So, fear not, my fellow audio format enthusiast, the presentation is extremely well done for Prey. As for the story, I liked it a lot. I couldn't wait to go to (and leave) work each day so I could hear what would happen next in the story. The whole premise is especially worrisome since nanotechnology is real and nanoparticles already exist in our world today. Hopefully our government has responsible people involved. Or maybe we are all already infected :) Bottom line: The audio presentation rates "5" stars and the story rates "4" stars. Average them up, and you get 4.5 stars. Since Amazon doesn't offer me that choice, it seems fairest to let my ranking reflect the "4" stars for the story itself. Enjoy!!!
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