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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64,124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: Michael Crichton, Robert Sean Leonard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9780060793678
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In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles—microrobots—has escaped from the laboratory. The 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’s compelling novel 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 

  • “A harrowing tale of nanoparticles gone berserk.” 

    USA Today

  • “Serious and scary.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “This is how to write a thriller.” 

    Detroit Free Press

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aarthi Venugopalan | 2/19/2014

    " AMAZING !! When its Crichton what more needs to be said ?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karthic | 2/12/2014

    " would have been a better book if the ending was less confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/1/2014

    " /Bit farfetched but thought provoking "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeff Brateman | 1/16/2014

    " This book was a very fast read, but so far fetched, it was just ridiculous. I would guess that it was written in probably a weekend, and touched up over the next week. I am not dissing the concept of evolving collective robots, because that is an excellent idea (which had probably been done before), it just could have been done so much better. I am guessing that Michael Crichton just got cocky and decided to write this to see how much he could make by doing as little work as possible. Also, to quote the book, "It was difficult to be sure what happened next, because of the frame rate. Ten frames a second of video meant that you only got an image every six seconds, so events appeared blurred and jumpy when things moved fast, because too much happened between the frames." Obviously he meant 10 frames a minute, not 10 frames a second, but I was freaking pissed anyway! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich B | 1/12/2014

    " An enjoyable summer read not quite at the level of some of Crichton's best. But if you like his style, worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Botman | 1/11/2014

    " Starts with a very probable idea & quickly takes it to the improbable extreme. A little silly in parts but a quick easy read that kept my (and my husband's) attention to the end. Worth a go for a quick thrill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin A | 1/1/2014

    " When a research facility in the desert leaks a dangerous robot hive-mind what happens? This book explains it perfectly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leena Suresh | 12/20/2013

    " Its fast paced and the story line is really good .. though its not Crichton's best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NoOnesNME | 12/19/2013

    " Not great, but not bad either. This is my first Michael Crichton book, I chose it cuz it was small compared to some of his others. Short and sweet, to the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Wiginton | 12/17/2013

    " This book was absolutely thrilling. I could not put it down for a minute. Anyone who loves science fiction thrillers will love this book. It adds fiction with non fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 11/26/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zed | 11/14/2013

    " Science gone amok, this time in the form of man-made moecular clusters (nano-particles) programmed to solve problems. Is that a cloud of dust or a swarm of viscious nano-machines? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Adams | 11/1/2013

    " Not his best but it was good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/16/2013

    " Fun. So far-fetched it didn't scare me. Alana loved it. Her favorite author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/3/2013

    " I liked this book delving into nanotechnology, biotech, and all sorts of stuff that I have no clue about. Crichton's writing makes difficult subjects readable to the uninitiated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian Hartley | 6/30/2013

    " The science behind this book is so interesting, and it really adds to the story. Another excellent page turner, and I felt smarter after reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch | 3/21/2013

    " Not my favorite Crichton book. But the read was interesting enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Lukens | 12/2/2012

    " Amazing Book! very interesting and exciting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthisa | 10/3/2012

    " From my Book Log, "Pulpy, no substance." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 8/26/2012

    " I am a big Michael Crichton fan and, as usual, this was a pretty good page turner with a soupcon of education stirred in. Sometimes the bits about nano particles detracted from the story with more complexity than I was apparently willing to deal with, but neverthelss a pretty good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vignesh Meenakshisundaram | 1/21/2012

    " One of the worst books I have ever read fed with inaccuracies was more of a half cooked suspense flick rather than science flick "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unni | 12/20/2011

    " i have read it and can read it agn n agn...it keeps the readers grasping to the pages for the consequences a nanobot can unleash. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Cappello | 10/25/2011

    " read this years ago and just finished it again. just as good the second time through. my only complaint is that the ending drags a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rohan Aloysius | 10/24/2011

    " It was a disappointing book , "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/23/2011

    " Not the sort of book I've been reading lately but couldn't put it down ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris King | 7/16/2011

    " a little odd, but very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Shelton | 6/6/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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 Narrator

Robert Sean Leonard has starred on the New York and London stages and in such films as Dead Poets Society, Much Ado About Nothing, Swing Kids, and The Age of Innocence. He can currently be seen in the hit medical drama, House, M.D.