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Prey

Prey


Prey

ratings:
4/5 (191 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
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Released:
Sep 21, 2004
ISBN:
9780060793678
Format:
Audiobook

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Description

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's most 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.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 21, 2004
ISBN:
9780060793678
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, Runaway, Looker, Coma and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year. Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.



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  • (2/5)
    Very pretentious, constantly interrupts the flow of the story to interject pseudo scientific babble. I know it’s fiction but the very confident explanations of how computer science or biology work are so wrong that it breaks my suspension. Story is ok a little bit interesting but there are a lot of gaping plot holes and lots of plot armor. Very simplistic narrative, cookie cutter situations, and action hero problem solving make it not fun to read even if the idea is very interesting.
  • (1/5)
    Although the book is ostensibly about nanotechnology gone wrong, and includes a decent amount of info on nanotech (including a reading list at the back of the book), it really progresses more like a horror novel... As always with Crichton's books, the writing is very straightforward but eminently readable.... but too much of Crichton's extremly ill-informed and annoying personal opinions come through in the book.
  • (3/5)
    In diesem Wissenschafts-Thriller geht es um Schwärme aus Nanorobotern, die außer Kontrolle geraten sind, ein Eigenleben entwickelt haben und nach Beute jagen. Die Geschichte braucht einige Zeit, um in Gang zu kommen, der Anfang liest sich etwas schleppend. Nach etwa hundert Seiten kommt dann Spannung auf in einem typischen Crichton Szenario: In einem abgelegenen Forschungslabor in der Wüste, versuchen einige wenige Menschen, der Bedrohung entgegen zu treten, wobei die Gefahr sowohl von außen als auch von innen kommt. Der wissenschaftliche Hintergrund ist im Ansatz interessant, die Geschichte aber letztlich nicht sehr glaubwürdig. Insgesamt ist es nach langsamen Anlauf ein stellenweise spannender und kurzweiliger Roman, der aber nicht die Qualitäten von z.B. "Sphere - Gedanken des Bösen" vom gleichen Autor hat.
  • (4/5)

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    Had this book lying around my house for years. Finally gave it a listen on Scribd. A good thriller. Would make a good movie, basic heroic plot.

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    1 person found this helpful

    Good stuff! I am very glad I took the chance to listen!

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