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2.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 5 2.94 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780061338724
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Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There’s a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it’s possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars or test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions, and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Next is one of Mr. Crichton’s more un-put-downable novels. Its emphasis is on excitement.”

    New York Times

  • “Under Crichton’s imaginative scrutiny, body-part theft, the extinction of blonds and transgenic experiments...all loom on the horizon.”

    People

  • “Crichton addresses complex contemporary issues...into thrilling reads.”

    Newsweek

  • “[Crichton’s] in top form with Next...There’s a lot to like and to scare you.”

    USA Today

  • Next is a tribute to Crichton’s storytelling skill...the documentation he sprinkles throughout the narrative teases us with speculation.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[Crichton] invites a mass audience irresistibly into some of the Most Important Conversations We’re Not Having.”

    Time

  • “Crichton’s latest tech-thriller raises fascinating ethical questions.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A compulsively readable beach book about the dawn of the biotech revolution.”

    National Review

  • Next is populated with blood-pressure-raising villains who will keep you turning the pages.”

    Forbes

  • “A satirical thriller that will have bookworms glued to their armchairs.”

    Denver Post

  • “Dylan Baker gives one of those magical performances in which the narrator disappears and a world appears, populated by amoral biogeneticists, bounty hunters, bullies, and lawyers…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefanie | 2/13/2014

    " meh...transgenic (talking) chimps, parrots inhalers that change your mood...wah! not such a great book, but I heard the review on NPR the latest one published posthumously titled "Pirate Latitudes" is supposed ok. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 2/10/2014

    " I felt like this book had too many storylines - it was hard to remember who was who, how they fit in with the rest of the story, etc. The concept of the book was interesting, but not one I'd ever read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 2/7/2014

    " Great book. Kind of disturbing though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/3/2014

    " I love Michael Chrichton books (I don't necessarily agree with his politics in real life, but his books are amazing!). This book, as with most of his, actually makes you use your brain while reading it. It also makes you think, wow, I wonder when this is actually going to happen - it's scary, but true - the worls we live in is quickly becoming a very scientifically frightening place! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 1/27/2014

    " This isn't Michael Crichton's best written book. I just needed something easy and fun to read after plowing through Les Miserables. I read it in a couple of days, and that was fun. The story is pretty out there; not as believable as other stories about genetic mixing and science. I was entertained by the talking bird who was smart enough to help the boy with his math, and the monkey who could swear. Weak plot, but what I needed. OK. I liked his other books much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 1/21/2014

    " had some interesting points, the story got very complicated, jumped around a lot and didn't tie everything up. Lots of food for thought but do not rate this book very high, but it's probably a personality conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Henn | 1/19/2014

    " 5/11 Crichton tackled genetic testing, gene patents, the Bayh-Dole Act, property rights of human tissue, transgenic creations, etc. in this fast paced book. Hopefully his predictions of taking human tissue ownership (right to take tissue from descendants) won't come true! Crichton's underlying points were that legislation needs to catch up with science in the field and the profit motive needs to take a back seat to the scientific needs of the population. (Too much bad language for my taste). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larina | 1/18/2014

    " Sorry Mr. Crichton, but this is not your best work... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/23/2013

    " vulgar & slow. I don't read Crichton books anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/8/2013

    " Next is a riveting story line. I felt like Crichton reached a little to make the characters come together but as far as sheer entertainment it rated an A with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cate | 11/19/2013

    " not as good as Robin Cook's Chromosome 6, but still entertaining and interesting regarding biotechnology "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 11/6/2013

    " kinda like robert altman does a michael crichton novel - some nice ideas but way too scattershot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda J | 10/30/2013

    " Listened to this book on audio during a long business trip. It was a bit difficult to follow (maybe because it was the audio version) but it kept me engrossed nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 7/12/2013

    " This is a scary, fun, interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 5/30/2013

    " I love Crichton and Next was good, but it was very choppy. It was several vignettes throughout the whole book and although it held my interest I did have to stop and think sometimes what had happened several chapters back in order to keep with the story. I liked it, but didn't love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremiah Depta | 1/19/2013

    " Michael Crichton's good ideas were eaten by Raptors almost twenty years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 6/26/2012

    " It's incredible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 5/24/2012

    " Can't remember for sure, but this might be the first Michael Crichton book I've read. I really enjoyed the way this book was laid out and how all the converging threads ultimately came together...I'll definitely be reading more of his work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carole | 2/23/2012

    " Jumped around way too much for my liking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/13/2012

    " I loved this book. I could see the repercussions of each page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Chesnut | 9/23/2011

    " A little too busy. Genetic engineering, cloning, and transgenic animals all in the same convoluted story line. Enjoyed it but it could have been several books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary Kind | 8/20/2011

    " Worth reading but not his best work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 7/16/2011

    " It didn't suck, but none of the characters acted like people. Instead they were all plot advancing robots. Some scenes were fun, but it wasn't enough to rescue the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meakin | 7/1/2011

    " One of the worst books ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanmarie | 5/21/2011

    " I liked the book, all his books I learn new stuff from. Or at least think of topics he writes about in a different way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/18/2011

    " Interesting stuff, humorous at times, but not nearly as good as what we have come to expect from Michael Crichton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 He-who-must-not-be-named | 5/17/2011

    " Not too bad but pales in comparison to M. Crichton's other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zubin | 5/15/2011

    " nice... no intimidating tech jargons. good, smooth read.. but not as good as the jurassic park. but still, its worth your time... a must read for bio-tech buds! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 5/6/2011

    " Interesting premise, but very formulaic writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 5/3/2011

    " I was disappointed with NEXT. Although it contained an interesting plot line, I felt it had way too many subplots and characters, and I just didn't care about the story thread as much as I hoped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 4/24/2011

    " The subject matter was interesting but, to me it seemed like the way the story told was all over the place. I felt like I was watching what life is like for some one with ADD. Who really puts in 95 chapters in a book anyway? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 4/22/2011

    " A little far out there even for Michael Crichton, but I still liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 4/14/2011

    " I liked this book. I liked the way it was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/13/2011

    " entertaining, interesting, and suspenseful but not my favorite Michael Crichton book. There were several intriguing facts and of course the concept of the book makes you think. (Just how manipulated are we by images?) It was on the same wave as Jurassic Park, but not nearly as heart pounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 4/7/2011

    "
    a bit old for me "

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About the Author
Author Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a writer and filmmaker best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

About the Narrator

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9.