Prey - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Michael Crichton, Robert Sean Leonard (Narrator) In California, odd things are happening to unemployed scientist Jack Forman. His children tell Jack that strange men have visited the house. And Julia, his wife, isn't helping -- she acts, even looks, somehow different. Deep in the Nevada desert, in the laboratory where Julia works, things are out of control. A swarm of rogue microbots, desi... more »gned to reproduce and learn, is developing with a frightening speed that has the scientists battling to contain it. Only when Jack is called in to help does he discover the shocking truth -- the microbots have been programmed to behave as predators. And Man is the prey!
Michael Crichton can combine science and suspense in riveting stories. He introduces nanotechnology--the developing field of building electronic circuits from single molecules--with a terrifying story of technology run amok. Integrating the scientific details and propelling the action is not an easy task, but Robert Sean Leonard handles the story with skilled understanding. The author leads off with a foreword that puts the reality of nanotechnology in context, but it then becomes Leonard's task to keep the listener engaged. He succeeds beautifully. Portraying the scientists with cool normalcy, Leonard allows the developing crisis to terrify and enthrall without resorting to overdramatization. The abridgment is excellent, and though listeners will certainly be aware of consolidation of the timeline, the pace of this version suffers no detractions. Riveting. -- AudioFile
An interesting concept. I read this back before I had really begun to develop my distrust of agri-corporations and chemical/biological tinkering with life in general, so it's hard for me to give a straight review. It does make one think about today's "medical" industry, though.
This book at a little too much technical blah blah blahing about the aspects/workings of nanotechnology and "swarm" software programming. BUT--it was easy to skim/skip these sections... and the story when not focused on the technology but on the characters (and their fight with the nonotechnology) was really good... Easy to read/follow and very interesting. Skipping the technology and programming mumbo jumbo didn't detract from the story at all.. once you get the gist of both you don't need the additional detail the author piles on to follow the story. However.. if you're someone who needs to read every word (or who would feel 'ripped off' because you had to skip long sections/big portions of the chapters) avoid this story.
The story in summary... nanotech starts out as a possible medical revolution... however in a remote facility the technology goes bad as the 'swarm' programming turns the nanotechs violent... and the trapped scientists fight to find a way to stop them.
Some nice turns and suspense throughout.. an overall great read despite the propensity to overdo the 'jargon'.
A page turner that at the end keeps you on the edge of your seat... I gave it 4 stars.
This is an awesome fast-pasted story. It is narrated very well and is 6 hours long, 5 CD set. I listened it in the evening two nights in a row just to find out what happened next. Easy to visualize the story, characters, and keeps your interest very well.