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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 Singe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged 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 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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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