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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


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


  • “[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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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