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Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies - all motionless except for one moving image - a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642…a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition - along with Amy - is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death.....

Congo was adapted to the screen and directed by Frank Marshall.

©1980 CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • hgpilot - MM
  • 28/11/2015

Fantastic - better the second time around

I originally read this 20 years ago and have recently started re-listening to Michael Crichton books this year. Congo is one of the best books, in my opinion, that Crichton ever wrote. Great character development, realistic mix of science / fantasy, and steady plot development.

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  • Nathan
  • 11/10/2015

Very good

I really liked the story. The narrator did a decent job, although it took some effort to get through the male voices. Definitely worth it, however.

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  • Jake Campos
  • 19/10/2015

Good not Great

Any additional comments?

I found this particular novel from Crichton to be less interesting that the others of his that I have read. The story itself was good, and it had his scientific details that really help to absorb the reader into a world where the events are actually taking place. But the story seems to be a ton of build up to about 50 pages (or about an hour) of rap-up. The story seems to focus most of its content on the preparation and trip to the Congo, and falls a little flat there. The technology discussed is particularly interesting to me, but I can see it further discouraging other readers. I would recommend it, and I will likely read/listen-to it again, but before you dive in, manage your expectations. This will likely not end up on your top 100.

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  • Billy
  • 16/08/2016

Iteresting read with great narration

Really liked the narrator, she was very even and did a good job of making the long explanations that while interesting, are not blended into the story line very well, more enjoyable to listen to.
Fascinating story that was very well researched of course which helps blend the science and fiction seamlessly.

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  • Jonevan Brown
  • 25/08/2017

Roller coaster

This book was incredibly fun to listen to, with some great narration to boot.

If you love Crichton, this is about as classic as it gets.

"Amy good gorilla."

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 20/11/2016

SLEEP WROTE

THAT'S A B8 PROBLEM
Written in 1980, Crichton was just getting his feet wet. This is a mass amount of facts and figures. While some of these tidbits of information are interesting, the book as a whole is lacking. No character development, with the exception of Amy the Gorilla. The story was not compelling. You want to skip this one.

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  • J. R. Bradbury
  • 17/07/2017

Not his best

This book spends way too much time on events leading up to the final conflict and technical jargon. I purchased it as a cheap buy to tide me over until next month's credit, but I struggled with wanting to finish it in many places. The narrator did a good job differentiating between different characters and it was entertaining, albeit frustratingly slow in places. I recommend his other novel, Prey, over this one, but it's not a terrible choice.

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  • Dawn
  • 19/10/2015

Worth reading.

It was good just not great, I can't quite put my finger on it but it was missing something.

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  • ben bollweg
  • 15/08/2017

It's no sphere

I love me some good context of what's happening but when the context doesn't help the conclusion in the end it comes across as filler. However there were moments that I loved where the story could go. In the end I was a little let down

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  • Kasey Pearce
  • 26/07/2017

Better movie script than novel

It seems like Crichton was more interested in the science of semiconductors and animal communication them he was in true character and story development, But that is classic for Crichton. I do wish that he would have developed the story and the setting better, it was a bit rushed... like a movie script instead of a novel.

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  • Augsburg
  • 23/04/2017

Interesting but a bit outdated nowadays

Michael Crichton is a good read - normally.
In this special case the setting of the book is placed in the US / Congo / Africa during the late 1970s. Crichton speaks about loads of technical stuff (which is his usual way) that still does not exist in 2017.
So basically it might have been a good science fiction at the time but nowadays you cannot help but laugh at some of his ideas.
Nevertheless: Should you like to know all of Crichton's books, you should read it.