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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: Erik Singer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780061336263
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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 techo-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

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.E. Murphy | 2/17/2014

    " I picked up this book to read on a trip and then realized I had already read it once about 5 years ago. I remember not caring for it much then because it is not typical Crichton; there is not much "adventure" in the story. However, upon reading it this time it seemed like a very dark comedy and I enjoyed it much more. The book follows several story lines, some convergent, some tangential, but the theme is consistently about how our human failings will create havoc as we begin to explore the possibilities inherent in genetic exploration and engineering. At the end of the book Crichton even offers advice to scientists and lawyers concerning things he himself learned while researching the book. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy speculative fiction with real science behind it, but not necessarily to people who are expecting CONGO or JURASSIC PARK. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting for the science but the broken up narrative was difficult to follow at times. Overall can't complain for a book I grabbed for 2 bucks at the bargain bin in a used book store. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 2/9/2014

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquetta | 2/6/2014

    " I only realised 279 pages in that I'd read this book before, not sure if that's a good or a bad thing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Henn | 1/27/2014

    " 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). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Mccann | 1/26/2014

    " i <3 science "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shrirang | 1/18/2014

    " It's pretty engrossing. I loved the way the book deals with the details of biotechnology and also nicely explains each term. Also, it covers a plethora of topics such as patenting laws, patenting of genes and other medico-legal issues. The characters are well described and believable. Overall, a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Standley | 1/14/2014

    " I love anything involving disease, definitely one of my favorite Chrichton novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam Bright | 1/13/2014

    " Trashy, trashy, trashy. Actually a great backdrop for a thriller, but the late Dr. Crichton outdid himself with the unnecesary violence and lewdness in this one. 2 stars strictly for the quality sci fi genetic engineering ideas (talking monkeys, etc.). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 1/12/2014

    " Transgenic nightmare. Kept my attention...and educational as always, with Crichton. Some rather startling facts about the genetic industry in the afterward by author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/14/2013

    " Great reflection on the raging gene patenting debate "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Cross | 9/10/2013

    " Creepy. The government actually has sold thousands of patents on our genes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/12/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arizonagirl | 12/23/2012

    " Interesting. I wanted the different storylines to come together better at the end, but in an interview with Crichton after the book, he said he purposely structured the narrative like genetic code. I was surprised about some of the true bits, like the mention of Eduardo Kac's art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasia | 10/28/2012

    " a little too far fetched but overall pretty good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elocin | 3/30/2012

    " I just couldn't get into this one. It jumped all over the place "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bean | 5/30/2011

    " Sped right through it. "

  • 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

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin.