State of Fear

  • by Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by George Wilson
  • 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"State of Fear is one of Crichton's best because it's as hard to pigeonhole as greenhouse gas but certainly heats up the room." (Entertainment Weekly)
"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)

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State of Fear

A book written fron a clear anti-establishment view on the changing environment. He uses his undoubted scientific credentials to make his point around a barely plausible story.

His strength as an author means that he maintains interest despite the poor plotting. Not one of his best, but for Crighton fans it is still worth listening to.
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- Ainslie

Fear Mongering

Crichton targets the global warming movement in this polemical thriller. Although this novel may also be seen as an attack on lazy thinking in a world where information is too easily available and facts more difficult to discern.

I love that this book will get many people to challenge the assumptions they have about Global Warming and may even make a few of them check the facts quoted.

As a UK resident I hate the way facts are so quickly twisted to the purposes of pointless self serving politicians and the spotlight hogging radio whores of Today, who act the expert with their flimsy veneers of knowledge. This book could act as a cautionary tale to all such doom mongers.

This is a provocative work of fiction. Don?t assume that data, and therefore the issues, are as clear as is laid out here ? nothing in this arena is really is.

So as a polemic against the assumptions the Global Warming debate this is OK, as a thriller it does the job. Perhaps though, the author should concentrate more on characters that lectures, too many sermons, as perhaps here, will put off many. Great polemical writing keeps the audience whilst pounding the sacred cow, this got me wishing I could skip forward.
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- Samuel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-11-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio