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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd, George K. Wilson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor.

In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications.

In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea.

And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative technothriller, State of Fear. Only Michael Crichton's unique ability to blend science fact and pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion.

This is Michael Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward, taking the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cliffhanging action sequences.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] snappy eco-thriller.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Provocative and controversial. [Crichton] marries compelling subject matter with edge-of-your-seat storytelling.” 

    USA Today

  • “Scary? You bet.”


  • “In State of Fear, Michael Crichton delivers a lightning-paced technopolitical thriller…every bit as informative as it is entertaining.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fascinating for how Crichton was trying to make the very absence of fear spooky.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A master. A connoisseur of catastrophe.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Michael Crichton’s new book will appeal to your inner techie.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Crichton has written a book that deserves to be taken seriously.”

    New Yorker

  • “This is definitely one for the Christmas list.”

    National Review

  • “He understands science and how to separate fact from fiction. Impressive documentation.”

    Washington Times

  • “An exciting story…in the hands of a master storyteller like Crichton, it’s good entertainment.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Terrific fun.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Very enjoyable.”

    Evening Standard (London) 

  • “One of the real pleasures of Crichton’s books is their erudite polish.”


  • “The thrills of Crichton’s latest are interspersed with fascinating facts and data. Perhaps his most serious and important book yet.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Victor Claar | 2/17/2014

    " First-rate thriller, with over-the-top greens as the new terrorists, trying to shake awake a lethargic public. Activists use the latest technology to create "weather" events that appear to be natural and related to global climate change. Crichton is at his best in documenting the reasons for division among our best and brightest scientific minds where climate change is concerned. And it's a page-turner, too. What's not to like?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lindsay | 2/5/2014

    " A little "in your face" with the references, making the facts a little obvious, but overall a decent read with a refreshing look at environmental beliefs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard | 2/2/2014

    " SUCH a great book. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cecille | 1/29/2014

    " The frightening world of cannibalism, hyped-up global warming and the politics of media, for me this roller coaster ride of a read is satisfying, but it leaves me perplexed with guilt, after I find my self quite agreeing with the fictional narrative that the mainstream media often is a partner in undocumented crimes. Well, in my opinion, based on real life experiences, this book made it in my favorite thriller list. "

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