- Narrated by: Scott Brick
- Length: 13 hrs
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 24-11-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Sphere was made into a film directed by Barry Levinson, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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By James on 25-02-16
Buy Crichton a thesaurus!
Interesting story ruined by overuse of the word "said".
Sounds silly and might not be as noticeable when reading the book, but when someone is narrating it to you it becomes very noticeable and annoying. After every bit of dialogue the author uses "said" . Never "ted asked" or "Beth suggested" "Harry quipped " "Norman gasped" etc ... Just "Said"
During conversations between two or more people it is almost unbearable-
TED SAID!!! Wouldn't be as bad if the guys name wasn't Ted!
I started calling the book "what Ted said" out of frustration. Honestly how this was overlooked by the editors is beyond me.
It's my first Crichton book and it will be my last I think. I was expecting better from someone as lauded as him but I found the below GCSE English level of the overuse of "said" to be very poor and unimaginative, if the narrator hadn't done a decent job of putting some life into the characters words then you wouldn't get a feel of how the characters were talking at all.
As mentioned, the book has a very interesting plot, let down by some strange choices to make the scientists come across as smart one minute and quite dumb the next ( scientist studying marine life , knows a lot about snakes but didn't know who Medusa was ) and the unimaginative, emotionless and lazy use of "said"
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By JC on 12-02-17
Very Poor Performance
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A great story, by a great author, unfortunately completely ruined by a very boring monotonus reader performance.
How could the performance have been better?
By being read by someone completely different
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 21-05-16
THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH HARRY
NOT THE UNDERWATER HOLIDAY INN
Crichton, underwater habitat, space ship, STUPID ALIEN, black hole, time travel, giant squid, conspiracies, and a plethora of science talk, what more do you want? I am pretty sure you could not cram more Science Fiction goodness in one book and keep it so good. I loved the movie (with Dustin Hoffman), which is a little different and has great special effects and is very scary and I love the book. Very entertaining and like all Crichton books, you will learn something. This is a must read for anyone who wants to be considered well read in the Science Fiction Field. Scott Brick does a wonderful job.
59 of 65 people found this review helpful
By Natalie on 06-04-16
Exciting even if you've seen the movie
What did you like best about this story?
I'm going to admit that I committed the ultimate sin and read the book because I enjoyed the movie rather than vice versa. Even though I knew the basic story I found the book suspenseful and exciting. The characters are better developed and more three dimensional in the book. Their motives were more understandable and their characters were more diverse.
Any additional comments?
Even though I will always enjoy the movie I feel like it did the book a disservice. The book gives more scientific explanation. The characters are more intelligent. Those touches made the whole world feel more believable. They were trapped for a reason. The manifestations all happened for a reason. The giant squid was a character in the book rather than a plot device. I loved it.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful