The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting, and entertaining, book yet.
Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of pause-resistant suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world. From the streets of Paris, to the glaciers of Antarctica, to the exotic and dangerous Solomon Islands, State of Fear takes the listener on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear.
"Michael Crichton's new, can't-put-it-down novel is a first-of-a-kind thriller - a fast-paced adventure based on the notion that a current widespread fear is baseless." ( Forbes)
Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent
Did I read the same book as some of you?
It's tough for me to be open minded about a Michael Crichton book. I've read nearly all of them going back to the very beginning when he wrote novels under a pen name while in medical school. What I enjoy most is that he doesn't talk down to his audience. He deals with complex scientific issues, uses complex language and (usually) explains things pretty well. He's been warning about the dangers of the mis-use of science for decades, so this book should come as no surprise. I always learn something new when I read a Crichton book. That's why I read them. They stimulate ideas and I always want to read more about the issues he discusses. There's always a danger in taking fiction as fact, so if you have doubts check it out on your own. That's the point, isn't it? To get people talking, and thinking? That's why I read books. If I simply want entertainment I'll watch a mindless sitcom.
I especially found his personal comments interesting, especially the reference to eugenics (did I spell that right?).
As for the performance criticism from some of the other reviewers, I had no such problems. Maybe it's because I usually listen to audio books in the car and the traffic noise diminishes it. Maybe it's because I'm not as critical as others. There's always some dubbing. Try reading a 10,000 word book aloud and see how YOU do.
So take this audio book for what it is, a thought-provoking, non-mainstream journey through unfamiliar territory. You'll only get out of it what you put into it.
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Too controversial to let it pass
Definitely worth reading. I had no idea there was an ulterior side of the environmentalist. In any case, it is a good thriller. Do not read too many reviews just hear it. You cannot let a controversial book like this pass?can you?
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Good Story! You'll enjoy it!
If you can ignore the other reviews that seem to worried about where this book falls in the political spectrum, then you will enjoy it tremendously. I always look for one thing: a story to keep me interested and listening, something that I won't drift off and realize that I have no idea where the narrator is. Although it starts a little slow, with perhaps a little too much detail added in, all in all the story - again I emphasize that point - is a good one.
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Huge fun. I bought the book with some trepidation. On the one hand, Crichton is always entertaining. On the other, I had been led to believe by the media response that the book was an attempt to discourage people from taking responsibility for their impact on the environment. I decided to read it with a sceptical mind. Nobody was going to convince *me* that global warming was a hoax, by golly.
To my surprise, I began to really enjoy the book despite the blatantly manipulative characterization of the pro-environmentalist protagonist as a credulous dupe. It helps here if you have a sense of humor about yourself.
I realized I had never *seen* any data that actually demonstrated the reality of global warming as a consequence of human actions. I had been *told*, but I had never seen the data. Kind of like high-school algebra, where even if you got the answer right, you couldn't get credit unless you showed how you *got* the answer.
I highly recommend the book as entertainment. Just bear with the dufus protagonist for the first half of the story (he gets better), and don't let your preconceptions spoil the fun.
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- Ben Anderson
An Interesting read!!!
While this book may not be of unending layers of depth, nor is it shallow. I found it to be entertaining. I was not disappointed and if you are looking for entertainment I doubt that you will be disappointed.
Some reviewers have complained about the content and if it is correct or factual. The author gives references (amazing for a book of fiction)! Some times books are for enjoyment. This certainly fits the bill, regardless of your scientific or political views. Enjoy.
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Don't believe all the bad reviews.
I can't believe all the negative reviews that all the narrow minded politically correct do gooder wannabees have written to trash this suspensful book. They gotta get over the fact that the protaganist is on the other side of the current liberal beliefs on global warming. When I was a kid, we didn't have wind chill factors, heat indexes etc. It was either cold or it was hot. Lets start reviewing books on their good and bad merits instead of whether they are in tune with the reviewers beliefs. I thought it was a great story and well worth the hours of listening. Never a dull moment. I listened and learned from both sides of the global warming argument. I found the book challanging, not written at a level below me. Maybe thats it, they just didnt understand the book.
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- Claudia H
Worst. Recording. Ever.
Would you listen to State of Fear again? Why?
Not unless it was a new recording, I liked the book, hated the audio.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I've listened to nearly 200 audiobooks so far, and this has to be in the top 3 for being the worst recording ever. There was non-stop mouth noises, stomach gurgles and lip licking, plus occasionally you could hear people in the background making noises or laughing.
I didn't have anything against the narrator's voice, but that other stuff was highly distracting and often off-putting. I tend to listen to my audiobooks on headphones, at least part of the time, and that made every one of those noises even worse.
Any additional comments?
I thought this book was fascinating. It brought up so many controversial views, that I couldn't seem to get enough of. I would want to listen to it again (read by someone else) to just try and retain some of the information they gave.
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Narration aside, absorbing and provocative
Yes, the narration isn't ideal (mouth noises and stomach grumbles are sometimes positively nauseating!). And yes, Crichton certainly has an agenda interspersed with the action. But I appreciate his willingness to be politically incorrect. As a scientist myself, I know first hand the power of politics and fashion on science. Crichton's provocative assertions should send the interested reader straight to the library (or scientific journals). Perhaps more of us should be paying attention to the environmental issues he wrestles with.
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- John Smallberries
Refreshing look at a minority view
The bad: the narrator must have eaten some bad burritos before each recording session, because digestive gurgles are heard throughout the narration - it's at times funny and at other times revolting, and at all times DISTRACTING! This recording never should have been published. It loses one star because of this.
The good: intestinal maladies aside, the narrator does an excellent job with the material and various characters, giving each a believable and easily recognizable voice. The material is EXCELLENT and VERY REFRESHING - it's a wonderful change to get to explore the OTHER side of the whole "global warming" THEORY (and, hey, let's face it, folks - GW *IS* still just a THEORY at this point, and a quite young theory at that). To the reviewers who complain about the "right-wing minority pseudo-science" they see in this book, I paraphrase William Shatner: "Would you get a life, people? I mean, for crying out, it's just a novel!" I sense the shrill whining and hyper-excitable hand-ringing of the evil "Environmental Liberation Front" (the novel's bad guys) in those reviews! ;)
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I sometimes find the narration of an audio distracting. This was transparent and easily understood. Well done accents added to the realism without making the narrator instrusive.
Crystalizing for me an idea that had been nagging irritatingly at my consciousness, the premise felt like a weclome resolution. With each daily news cast we get new "important information" designed to make us afraid. Why do we tune in daily for another dose? Are we addicted to bad news? I thought his premise to be valid.
The presentation of the facts about global warming and climate change, however, was a bit one sided. Not enough is realy known about climate for anyone to be sure and there is convincing evidence on both sides of that question. Seems that some error on the side of caution would be warranted.
Neverhteless, I found this an expremely enjoyable book.
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Breath taking, smart and well written/spoken
This is absolutely one of the best books ever. It is a decent thriller plot with al lot of action and moving around the planet. 'Moving' in a travelling sense and in an ecologic sense. The topic of global warming is well discussed (I did not say completely) and listeners having at least a rough idea of science will for more than once find a smile on their face. Being narrated in English it might be difficult for the average English skilled, but you do not have to be a native speaker either. Don't make the mistake and stop after the first hour, it switches on purpose in between scenes and will become an easy to follow story thereafter. Viel Spass
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- T. Frank
Crichton stellt die Argumente zum "Global Warming" ohne dogmatisch zu wirken in einem gewohnt spannenden Rahmen neu zusammen - bis zum Ende ausgesprochen spannend, wennauch etwas monoton gelesen
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Disappointing suspense thriller
I found the book interesting, provocative with the give and take regarding positions, opinions, and research on environmental issues, the media, industry, on so on but almost entirely disappointing as a novel or suspense thriller.
It felt like the plot was inserted so that the author could articulate his thoughts about the environmental movement, its detractors and the use of the media in a format that the average reader might attract. How many people would read a serious non-fiction discussion of these issues even with the Crichton name attached? Most of the 'suspense' was telegraphed, the story was simply a chase from one outlandish situation to another, and the characters were more archetypes than real people.
Overall, the book was interesting because of the issues raised, but very disappointing as a novel or suspense thriller.
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- Andreas Frahn
Crichton - etwas fragwürdig!
Ich konnte mit Crichton noch nie furchtbar viel anfangen, war aber neugierig! Leider als Hörbuch nicht so tauglich, man kommt permanent mit den Charakteren der Handlung durcheinander und wirklich fesselnd ist die Handlung nicht gerade! Gut sind die Themenfelder Umwelt, Medien, Technik und Recht, die mal für Abwechslung sorgen!!!
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