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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64,064 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: Robert Sean Leonard, George K. Wilson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles -- micro-robots -- has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.

As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton'smost compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence -- in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down. Because time is running out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Terrifying…Irresistibly suspenseful .”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Intricate plotting and flawless pacing…You won’t be able to put it down.”


  • “Crichton writes superbly…the excitement rises with each page.”

    Chicago Tribune  

  • “A terrific novelist…He could make most readers lose sleep all night and call in sick the next day.”

    San Francisco Chronicle  

  • “Crackling…Mysterious.”  

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “A harrowing tale of nanoparticles gone berserk.” 

    USA Today 

  • “One of the great storytellers of our age…What an amazing imagination.”

    New York Newsday 

  • “Crichton has proved he knows how to ratchet up the fear factor.”

    Denver Post  

  • “Incredibly scary and relentless.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune  

  • “Serious and scary.”

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “Another page-turning triumph.”

    Charlotte Observer 

  • “This is how to write a thriller…Crichton’s latest page-turning triumph.”

    Detroit Free Press 

  • “So god-awful scary and relentless, it’ll knock your head clear of whatever ails you.”

    St. Petersburg Times 

  • “Once again, Crichton has proved to be uncannily timely.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

  • “A cross between Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain.

    Columbus Dispatch 

  • Prey delivers that expected Crichton charge.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

  • “Readers turn to Michael Crichton’s novels for entertainment with relentless drive.” 

    San Antonio Express 

  • “Michael Crichton has written some of America’s most fantastic novels.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

  • “A terrifying tale…combining technological verisimilitude with heart-pounding suspense.”

    The Oregonian 

  • “From the opening pages of Crichton’s electrifying new thriller…readers will know they are in the hands of a master storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Prey will keep you turning pages.”

    Chattanooga Times 

  • “Crichton is the master of the sci-tech thriller, and nowhere is that more evident than in his latest page-turner, a scary, wild ride that is, without a doubt, his best in years…As always, Crichton does an admirable job of explaining complex scientific ideas and integrating them with his gripping story. Like Jurassic ParkPrey is a cautionary tale of the dangerous roads that carelessly used technology can take us down. This unpredictable, wild ride is not to be missed.” 


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kasper | 2/19/2014

    " Pretty good for a genre read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lawrence | 2/17/2014

    " This was quite a page turner! Usual Crichton style: thrilling, shallow characters - killed at the author's whim, some crazy high tech theory tenuously connected to reality gone awry about to destroy the world. However, I found this more compelling than his other works I've read. Perhaps there was more character development than usual? Maybe the first person point of view helped with that? I certainly could relate to the formerly-career-oriented-now-stay-at-home-parent issues (at least from what my stay at home partner tells me!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber | 2/11/2014

    " Intense but had foul language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan Belford | 2/8/2014

    " Read it because it was on the summer reading list for a kid I tutor. It was alright. Characters were pretty cliche and the ending was more or less predictable, but it was an interesting premise and held my attention. "

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