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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: November 2003 ISBN: 9780060735623
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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.”

    Time 

  • “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.” 

    Booklist 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cliff | 2/5/2014

    " I have always felt that the smoke monster on Lost was based on this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karenshaff | 2/2/2014

    " Compelling, interesting, well thought out and quick page-turner! Enjoyed it and made me think... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/28/2014

    " This was prob my second favorite of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alysa | 1/25/2014

    " I couldn't put this down, there is too much language, but besides that it is clean. Suspenseful but didn't give me nightmares. Great thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhijeet | 1/21/2014

    " riveting!scary! manages to keep you on the edge all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/14/2014

    " was hooked!!! kept me on edge!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/13/2014

    " I love Crichton's combination of science, technology, and a thrilling story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Adams | 12/28/2013

    " Not his best but it was good "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pete Aldin | 12/24/2013

    " Predictable and silly. A long way from his best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Orner | 12/8/2013

    " One of my favorite books to read and reread. It contains a lot of science fiction elements, but if you do not like the sci-fi, you can essentially skip those parts and still enjoy the book. Really interesting read and definitely a page turner, with many surprises as the book progresses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camie | 12/4/2013

    " Fun read for Michael Crichton fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adil Tobaa | 11/27/2013

    " This book puts a really weird twist on the world of sci-fi and advances in nanotechnology. It would've been good if it had been at least slightly plausible.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia2848 | 11/27/2013

    " very interesting, glad i read it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Captain | 10/6/2013

    " Sadly this was another book I didn't like from Crichton. I've like most of his stuff, but this I couldn't stand all the 'F' words. Nope, not one I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Shelton | 9/30/2013

    " It wasn't great, it wasn't terrible. Somewhere in-between. I found myself at the beginning of the book only reading to find out if his wife was really cheating on him. Then it got better. If you can stand the first half of the book it will turn out okay, even though it is slightly predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 9/9/2013

    " This book was definitely a techno thriller. It was scary, terrifying yet suspenseful. The plot was amazing, it kept my attention. I usually don't enjoy reading books of this genre but it was a page turner! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Titilope Omitogun | 7/26/2013

    " I really like Sci-Fi books, because I was born a nerd; and that is just how my crappy brain works. I did enjoy this book. Not as much as I would've liked... But I did enjoy it. It's very, very intriguing, and I certainly feel it should be made into a film! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haytham Hosny | 6/27/2013

    " Nice Sci-Fi novel But too much details made it a little bit boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 6/14/2013

    " Kept me up for a few nights... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 11/24/2012

    " Plot was stupid and tied together with misogyny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Lewis | 8/1/2012

    " Terrifing - not on an emotional level like Koontz and King, on an intellectual level in the "eventually this is going to happen" level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Halabi | 5/17/2012

    " From one of my favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Savina Satiago | 5/16/2012

    " Not an easy read. Had a lot of computer dialogue. Was unhappy with the ending. It just left you hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Cook | 1/26/2012

    " Interesting plot line; not too overly technical; super fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mwagen | 12/26/2011

    " Meh. This book was okay, although the characters were not very sympathetic or believable, and the plot was kind of ridiculous. It filled in the time during my bus trips, and that's the whole reason I borrowed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blondebunbun | 12/24/2011

    " Nice easy Michael Crichton Sci-fi thriller based on nano-technology what if's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zinat | 6/10/2011

    " This is such a suspenseful novel. I recommend it if you like Crichton's other thrillers. The novel is also quite interesting and gripping. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 5/21/2011

    " As quickly as I read it, I forgot it. A serial narrative that could just as easily be the script for a made-for-TV movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 5/20/2011

    " Pretty good, not super exiting but worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 5/19/2011

    " A decent attempt to address nanoparticles and the horror they may one day inflict on the human race, but ultimately the relationships in the story rang false. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 5/13/2011

    " I found the build up waaaay too slow. Also, some of the character educational background vs job history and also physics behind stuff made my suspension of disbelief rather poor. Last half of the book was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 5/9/2011

    " Intriguing thought on the possible repurcussions of our technological growth. Didn't quite understand the total lack of empathy or respect for human life shown by the majority of the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy37 | 5/9/2011

    " Love Crichton. Technical without the language being above the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/8/2011

    " Didn't leave me wanting! :) I'm honestly not usually one for science fiction, but this was definitely a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " A very good book about nano technology. This was one of his better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/5/2011

    " You wont put this book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/3/2011

    " I read it in a few days pretty much every chance I got. Really enjoyed the story but it had a ton of f bombs in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B. | 5/2/2011

    " PREY is probably the most work I've seen Crichton put into character development. The characters (for the most part) are fully fleshed-out. The pace was fast, the technology interesting, and there was just enough gore to keep it tense.

    Shot through this one at lightning speed... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 5/1/2011

    " Scared the living daylights out of me, and I couldn't sleep 'til I'd finished it! Having said that though- the ending was disappointing. "

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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 Narrators

Robert Sean Leonard is an American actor best known for his role as Dr. James Wilson on the television series House M.D. His many film credits include The Dead Poets Society and The Age of Innocence. He has had numerous roles on Broadway, including The Invention of Love, for which he earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He also is an award-winning narrator who has been part of several full-cast readings that were finalists for the prestigious Audie Award. He has garnered five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and his readings have been called “masterful” and “insightful” (AudioFile). 

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.