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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 Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780060817770
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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

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

    USA Today

  • “[A] snappy eco-thriller.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Scary? You bet.”

    People

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

    New Yorker

  • “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

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

    National Review

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

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Very enjoyable.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Terrific fun.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

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

    Slate

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

    Booklist

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista McCracken | 2/17/2014

    " Good mix of action and politically based conversations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maysa | 2/4/2014

    " First book I read on my ereader! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Stafslien | 2/2/2014

    " Wow, a very engaging and thought provoking book! A must read for anyone interested in the controversy surrounding global warming. The only downside was the massive length of this novel, clocking in at 600+ pages! Still well worth the time to sit down and read...perfect for a long weekend at the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Varner | 1/25/2014

    " This book could almost make me doubt that global warming is an accepted fact among almost all scientists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashok Kallarakkal | 1/22/2014

    " The intention behind the boook is good. But it reads like a renegades textbook on Environmental movement. One cannot enjoy it as a novel. As a text book it might be OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasia | 1/14/2014

    " This is great- the underground issues that consume the environmental field. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krista Pressey | 1/2/2014

    " Long, convuluted and far too much data. I put this book down many times before I finally finished the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 12/20/2013

    " Some interesting concepts but the story itself was pretty silly and just got sillier as it went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Brewer | 12/14/2013

    " Not my favorite Crichton novel. Had a few plot holes. I think he was more interested in getting something out that was anti-global warming as opposed to really doing his best work. Still, a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ivy | 12/7/2013

    " Absurd and slightly offensive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/6/2013

    " I like his books because he comes up with some very timely, interesting stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boneist | 9/25/2013

    " I enjoyed the book, and it looks like Crichton really did his research! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani | 7/21/2013

    " A bit slow to start, but eventually I was really into the story and the issues raised. This book really makes you think about how mixing science and politics can lead to some scary outcomes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/13/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Johnson | 7/14/2012

    " Interesting fiction look at the environmental debates going on. Takes to the extreme the idea of going to any lengths to prove your beliefs are right. Scary in places but eye opening too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lekan | 6/20/2012

    " Are you serious? Did you really just pick and choose which citations you would include to trick the lay reader into thinking your book is legitimate scientific research? If you included all those citations, you should really know better than to include only one side of the argument. Shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Mccoy | 6/18/2012

    " Plot...not so great. Philosophically entertaining...YES. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristine | 5/30/2012

    " Not his best plot but I really liked the "food for thought" about the press, radical environmentalists, global warming and alikes. I think it would be great for a book club! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylene Nickerson | 4/13/2012

    " This book was gripping and fascinating. Lots of science that I found quite interesting. It is an action book that will keep you enthralled. Once I got into it, I could hardly put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qaddy | 3/26/2012

    " look at the logic n bright side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn Brown | 1/3/2012

    " Great topic, not such a good read :( yet I totally agree with the premise!! I do enjoy MC very much, this was just not a "gripper"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Davis | 10/25/2011

    " A great fact based book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 5/20/2011

    " Excellent, I liked this one a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 5/20/2011

    " My first Michael Crichton book. I actually really enjoyed this one. I found it similar to the Preston/Child books that I enjoy, where the topic is just beyond my understanding. But not to the point where I feel lost or confused. If anyone has any other Cricthon books they like, let me know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jillwings | 5/16/2011

    " The plot is extremely far fetched and unbelievable. The story obviously consists of a political opinion wrapped in a thin veil of awful pseudoscience. I could forgive that, but it's just plain too cheesy.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 5/7/2011

    " Crichton really did his research with this one. Excellent insight on global warning intertwined with an excellent story. There were at least three separate times in this book where I could not put it down. "

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

    " From a literary perspective I give this book 3 Stars... but when one recognizes the hard science, documented truth, and Chriton's exposure of Climate gate years before it hits newspapers.. it then becomes a must read. But beware; there are two immoral events in the story. "

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

    " A little slow in the beginning but the ending tied up everything nicely. Really makes you questions the role of corporations and the unquestioning nature of our society towards "scientific data." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 4/22/2011

    " WOW! I didn't expect an assault on global warning! Chrichton does a masterful job, a convincing job also, of showing the many many fallacies of global warming and how much of the publicity is driven by money and power. We should all read this before we plunge into the debates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 4/10/2011

    " this was entertaining to read. And even though i didn't like the preaching(maybe that was Crichton's intention) and i didn't agree with him, it was quite fun "

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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

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.