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Congo Audiobook

Congo

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Publisher's Summary

Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies - all motionless except for one moving image - a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642…a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition - along with Amy - is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death.....

Congo was adapted to the screen and directed by Frank Marshall.

©1980 CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • ZeroQuest
    Washington State
    7/12/15
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    "Narrator"

    I enjoyed this book a lot, the performance was actually quite good. My problem is that for me, it's difficult to hear a female narrator performing as a male, it just doesn't sound right. I compare it to my wife trying to sound like a man, she just can't do it - no matter how hard she tries. This was the same for me. I was able to finish it, and really loved it overall.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew McLelland
    Lookout Mountain, TN
    28/11/15
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    "Fantastic - better the second time around"

    I originally read this 20 years ago and have recently started re-listening to Michael Crichton books this year. Congo is one of the best books, in my opinion, that Crichton ever wrote. Great character development, realistic mix of science / fantasy, and steady plot development.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    11/10/15
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    "Very good"

    I really liked the story. The narrator did a decent job, although it took some effort to get through the male voices. Definitely worth it, however.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jake Campos
    The World
    19/10/15
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    "Good not Great"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this particular novel from Crichton to be less interesting that the others of his that I have read. The story itself was good, and it had his scientific details that really help to absorb the reader into a world where the events are actually taking place. But the story seems to be a ton of build up to about 50 pages (or about an hour) of rap-up. The story seems to focus most of its content on the preparation and trip to the Congo, and falls a little flat there. The technology discussed is particularly interesting to me, but I can see it further discouraging other readers. I would recommend it, and I will likely read/listen-to it again, but before you dive in, manage your expectations. This will likely not end up on your top 100.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    NEWTON, MS, United States
    19/10/15
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    "Worth reading."

    It was good just not great, I can't quite put my finger on it but it was missing something.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    14/10/15
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    "Narration could be better."

    Ms Wheelan has difficulty voicing the male characters. The one character, Peter Elliott, sounds like a teenage Christopher Gray from 50 shades of gray. if the narration was split between a male and a female narrator it would've been better. Also, the story was took short and somewhat shallow with not very deep character development.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    20/11/16
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    "SLEEP WROTE"

    THAT'S A B8 PROBLEM
    Written in 1980, Crichton was just getting his feet wet. This is a mass amount of facts and figures. While some of these tidbits of information are interesting, the book as a whole is lacking. No character development, with the exception of Amy the Gorilla. The story was not compelling. You want to skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Billy
    16/08/16
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    "Iteresting read with great narration"

    Really liked the narrator, she was very even and did a good job of making the long explanations that while interesting, are not blended into the story line very well, more enjoyable to listen to.
    Fascinating story that was very well researched of course which helps blend the science and fiction seamlessly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    16/05/16
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    "Entertaining read."

    This is another case of me having watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie of this when I was younger and particularly loved Amy, so went into the audio hopeful!

    While I thoroughly enjoyed this, I forgot how technical and bogged down in jargon Crichtons writing can be. When you get down to the story, it's fast paced and gripping, but add in all the jargon and we get a good story instead of a great one!

    Julia Whelan was as good as always! I find I always enjoy her narration and this is no different. She made a great Amy and is just effortless with her storytelling.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Suzy Hansch
    Seattle, WA USA
    1/12/16
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    "The Congo"

    The Congo was the best book I have ever read the plot line and characters were interesting. I chose the 10 out of 10 rating because I couldn't
    Put down the book and the plot line was fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Arran Morris
    7/09/16
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    "rubbish
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    struggle to finsh it. it was very hard to get in to lost intrest in the book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    20/08/16
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    "Good Story but too much useless information"

    This is undoubtedly better that the movie but the narrator is not very good at a male voice and would have been better not trying.

    There are far too many tangent details that happened in 79-80 which of course is a product of the time it was written. But the details the author goes into takes too much away from the story path and I found that I would lose concentration of the story and got bored. I liked the story but not all the technical details given.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    21/10/15
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    "Better than Jurassic Park!"

    Don't be put off by the average at best 1995 movie, the book has plenty of story lines not included in the film, plus an excellent presentation. 5*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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