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Sphere (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Sphere - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: Edward Asner (Narrator), Michael Crichton
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ISBN-13: 9780679423416
ISBN-10: 0679423419
Publication Date: 3/16/1993
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 12
This was a fantastic page-turner of a book. I have heard mixed reviews of the movie, but I haven't seen it myself. In fact, I'd never even heard of the movie until I started reading the book.

If you like Dan Brown's books, especially "Deception Point", I think you'll enjoy this more. It is better written, but the pacing reminded me of Brown. It's an examination of a group of people cooped up together, under severe pressure (since they're deep underwater, that works on more than one level!). Which is exactly what Norman Johnson, the book's psychologist, is an expert on.

Read about a real underwater habitat: NOAA's Aquarius Undersea Laboratory
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Helpful Score: 10
I usually don't get into science fiction, or Michael Crichton for that matter - but there was something compelling about the story in this book. The sphere is underwater and has a lifeforce all it's own.
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Helpful Score: 6
One of the first Crichton books I ever read and still one of my all time favorite books. SO much better than the movie (which was awful).
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Helpful Score: 5
Great book! Pretty intense to the very end!
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Helpful Score: 4
I could NOT put this book down! I blame it for keeping me up until 4 AM!
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Helpful Score: 4
What an interesting book. If you scene the movie, the book is better. A great page turner.
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Helpful Score: 4
the focus of this science adventure tale is humankind's encounter with an alien life form. Within a space ship lying on the sea bottom is a mysterious sphere that promises each of the main characters some personal reward: military might, professional prestige, power, understanding. Trapped underwater with the sphere, the humans confront eerie and increasingly dangerous threats after communication with the alien object has been achieved. The story is exciting and loaded with scientific and psychological speculations that add interest at no cost to the action, including an intriguing sequence in which human and computer attempt to decode the alien communication. As the story races to an end, suspicions of evil-doing fall as many ways as in a detective novel.
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Helpful Score: 3
Better than the movie!
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Helpful Score: 3
Never read Michael Crichton before, and generally don't read this kind of thriller-bestseller-sold-at-reststops kind of book, but this was really exciting. To be trite, it was a-real-page-turner.
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Helpful Score: 3
Michael Crichton is a master story teller and this book is a great example of his storytelling. It's a great read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Lame. In my opinion Crichtons worst. i thought the book would be better than the movie. wrong.
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GREAT !!!
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A fast paced adventure set in the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery. A page-turner... Crichton's writing is cinematic, with powerful visual images and nonstop action.
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Great book!
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excellent
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Critchton's books always provide a good read with a twist ending.
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Another good Crichton book!!
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Long Time prizewinning author does a SciFi type thriller...Is it aliens under the sea? Quick, entertaining read...
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Absolutely loved this book - a thousand TIMES better than the movie!!
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My favorite Crichton book.
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A great Crichton suspense tale.
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Way better than the movie
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Scientists discover a huge vessel on the South Pacific ocean floor. The Sphere turns out to be a spaceship which appears to be at least 300 years old. Sphere is a fast moving and gripping Michael Crichton read. You will not want to put it down.
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Fast paced - the story races along and carries you with it.
Best to start on a weekend- I lost some sleep because I couldn't put it down.
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I wasn't ready for such a suspenseful book. The science fiction aspect was great, though we never quite figured out exactly what it was. The ending left you wondering.
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Michael Crichton seems to create stories that transfer well to the screen. I had seen the film based upon this book, Sphere, years ago. What surprised me with this book and its film presentation was that the book went deeper into the mental and emotional aspects of the characters and this made for a rich story and a sense of anticipation of what next and by whom. The subtle texture of the flow was apparent with surprises that surfaced beyond the overt character reactions and laid a second layer to the story.
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A fun read that keeps you guessing until the end.
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If you have never read a book by Crichton, this is a great place to start. He is an amazing writer, I've read everything he's written. This scared the pants off me, like Jaws wasn't enough to make you afraid of the deep. Crichton was an excellent story teller, and you will not be dissappointed. I only wish I could go back and read it for the first time.
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Good, classic Crichton -- A spaceship is discovered 1,000 feet under the Pacific. What is it? No one knows, but they're determined to find out. Great sci-fi written here!
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I read this one several times - it is a very good story and there are a lot of twists and turns, until the ending, which makes you wonder if you would be strong enough to do what the characters did. I think this is one of Chrighton's best!
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I read the book before i saw the movie on this one and the book is for sure the best of the two. Suspensful and edge of your seat through the whole book, also putting a new view on the way the human mind can work. Fiction or reality. I love this one!
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Not the best of endings, but a gripping book nevertheless.
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abridged
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Another thrilling Crichton novel!
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Great Michael Creighton book-much better than the movie that was made from it.
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3 hours, read by Ed Asner.
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Classic science fiction from a legend of the genre. While straining my suspension of disbelief, this was a very entertaining book.

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awesome suspense...sci fi
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Love this book - it's so much better than the movie (which was good) and I've read it several times.
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Great book....great movie too. Rising Sun is still my favorie though.
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Interesting read..
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about an alien ship thats 300 yrs old
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another great book of Michael Crichton. with all the twists and turns, this is one book you could never know what is going to happen next!
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A page-turner, very suspenseful.
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Excellent book.
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The whole time I was readin this I thought, "This should be made into a movie" and low and behold a year or so later, it was! Great book, I loved it.
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Compelling and mysterious, this one will have you guessing, even to the very end. Wonderful story flow!
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I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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This was a very good thriller with many twists and turns. I like the way it was hard to distinguish what's real and what's not.
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Heck of a good thriller. Much better than the movie.
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Title: Sphere
Author: Michael Crichton
Read by: Ed Asner
2 cassettes
3 hours
abridged
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A fascinating novel about the power of the mind
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Amazing Strange Unique A must listen to
Read by Edward Asner..........You'll love this one.
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A solidly good sci-fi thriller by Crichton. Who would expect otherwise?
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Excellent story!!
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A very good book about an item found in the ocean. Read by Ed Asner.
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Asner's reading of this audiobook makes it a very enjoyable listen.
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2 tapes, two hours. Much better than the movie, I assure you!
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Excellent Crichton ... spaceship found on the ocean floor.
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Classic Crichton
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Scary!
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The ability to imagine is the greatest attribute of intelligence!

This story is built around an incredible discovery; in the middle of the South Pacific, resting almost buried on the ocean floor, is a spacecraft of unknown origin. A team of experts from various fields are gathered to investigate.......

Let me spin the adjective wheel --- Excellent! Awsome listen!

I've read the book, seen the movie, and now I've listened to the audio. The audio has been by far the most enjoyable. This is a great little audio (3 hours), but if you can release yourself from the grasp of reality, and let yourself go, you'll embark on a wonderful adventure. This little audio has "Special Effects", you hear the air in the diving suits, the bubbles floating to the surface, the keys on a terminal. Ed Asner does an outstanding job! He is not alone, You get to experience a "third person" perspective throughout the audio.

As most of you know - from reading my other reviews - I'm a commuter, and I found myself sitting in the parking garage waiting for the tape to finish before going in to work (not recommended)!

Some of the reviews I have seen state that this novel doesn't match up to Crighton's previous ones - well, I don't judge the merit of a book based soley on previous offerings, I judge it on its own merit!

I liked this book!

I think you will too!
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Excellent well written, Hard to put down book. The type that keeps your interest from the begining to the end.
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It goes without saying, but WAY better than the movie. This was, in fact, everything I wanted the movie to be. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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This book was recommended to me by a close friend. Initially, I did not think I was going to like it due to it being sci-fi and about space/aliens... which are normally not my cup of tea. I have to say once I was about 78 pages in I got hooked and read this book in less than 24 hours. I loved it, has a lot of intelligent concepts and makes you really think about what is going on and it has some twist. Worth the read and glad I gave it a try even though I was putting it off and thinking against it. =]
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A quick read. Not his best, but typical Crichton.
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An astonishing discovery is made in the South Pacific, 1,000 feet below the surface of the water. A spaceship has been found resting on the ocean floor--a spaceship at least 300 years old. Has it come from an alien culture? From a different universe?
Four scientists--an astrophysicist, a biologist, a mathematician, and a psychologist--rush to the scene, and descend together into the depths of the sea to search for answers. What they find there only raises more--and increasingly ominous--questions.
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Good book!
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Way Kool SF undersea story
loved this one loads

I wish you all well

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Excellent. Very suspenseful.

In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old.
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A page turner....
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Much better than the movie!
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A real page turner
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Good reading.
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This book is in very good condition.
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This an abridged version read by Edward Asner. 2 cassettes - 3 hours of entertainment. Economy packaged to sell on clearance. Tapes are still good.
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From School Library Journal: "As in Crichton's Andromeda Strain (Knopf, 1969), the focus of this science adventure tale is humankind's encounter with an alien life form. Within a space ship lying on the sea bottom is a mysterious sphere that promises each of the main characters some personal reward: military might, professional prestige, power, understanding. Trapped underwater with the sphere, the humans confront eerie and increasingly dangerous threats after communication with the alien object has been achieved. The story is exciting and loaded with scientific and psychological speculations that add interest at no cost to the action, including an intriguing sequence in which human and computer attempt to decode the alien communication. As the story races to an end, suspicions of evil-doing fall as many ways as in a detective novel. Young adults should find this book both accessible and satisfying." Mike Parson, Houston Public Library Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Classic Crichton. A thousand feet below the surface of the South Pacific,lies a huge vessel which scientists think may be a spaceship.
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"In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundered years old." (back cover)

"The suspense is real...You know they're going to make it. Or do you? The last ten pages are exactly what they should be."--The New York Times Book Review
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A vessel discovered in the middle of the South Pacific-is it a ship? No! It's a spaceship! Scientists try to find it's secrets; can they do it??
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Spacehip found a thousand feet below the surface in the middle of the South Pacfic.
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In the middle of the Louth Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old...
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In the middle of the South Pacific, a huge spaceship is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Plenty of mystery and suspense
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In the middle of the South Pacific, 1,000 feet below the surface, a huge spaceship is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a craft of phenomenal dimensions, it seems undamaged by its fall from the sky, and it appears to be at least three hundred years old. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation.
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In the middle of the SouthPacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the oceanfloor. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old...
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In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old...
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In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a hugh vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to scene is a group of American scientists. Thriller
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[From back cover] In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imagination and mocks their attempts at logical explanation.
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I'm sorry to say this was a gift and I am not a fan of science fiction so didn't read it.
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In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor.
Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery.
What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be a least three hundred years old......
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"In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet b elow the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists,...What they find is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky, and at least 300 years old."
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In the middle of the South Pacific,a thousand feet below the surface of the water,a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor.A group of american scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery.What they find defies their imagination . It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And most startling it appears to be at least three hundred years old.
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From the back:
In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attemps at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least 300 years old.....
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SLIGHTLY worn cover...very little.
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The book I have has a different cover.
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The cover edges on this copy are worn but the book, though old, is good, a reading copy and no frills. If you order it I will expect a book credit.