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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:
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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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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