Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.
Until something goes wrong....
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
©1990 Michael Crichton and © 2014 by Dinosaur Holdings LLC. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"Frighteningly real...compelling.... It'll keep you riveted." (The Detroit News)
"Crichton's dinosaurs are genuinely frightening." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Full of suspense." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Scott Brick brings a chilling calm to the complex story with his deep, even tone and clear enunciation.... He does a particularly fine portrayal of John Hammond, the creator of the controversial park, giving the character a raspy edge that suits the dark agenda beneath his grandfatherly facade." (AudioFile)
Awesome audiobook that's actually really different from the movie.
It was very detailed and informative for a fictional text and very addictive.
I was pleasantly surprised on how different the book was from the movie. so much detail and suspense, my heart was pounding all throughout the book. this is the first book I have listened to on audible and I'm thrilled to be getting the next book based on how entertaining this has been for me.
As a kid I loved dinosaurs when Jurassic park came out I was about 11. My mother took me to see it and I fell in love with the movie. Now 20 years later after listening to book, I wish I hope they remake the story closer to the original book what an amazing story Michael Crichton told 10/10. Movie is nothing like the book!!
Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work
Just listen to it for the story which is as good as any action thriller
Jurassic Park the book is a million times better than the movie! It's a compelling, action-packed story with enough science to make it seem almost plausible... though probably only for us non-scientists! The characters have more depth and the plot is much more intricate.
There is a greater focus on the nitty gritty of a dinosaur attack and in a lot of ways it is more brutal the movie. However it comes across more as a thrilling romp than real horror.
The narrator was clear and had an interesting voice, but it would have been better if he had provided more differentiation between the voices of different characters.
Overall, an exciting story and very fun to listen to!
As always THE BOOK IS WAY BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!
At first it was hard to get into as I have seen the movie a number of times and just like the first time I saw the movie in the cinemas, I was under my chair grossed out by what I heard... But it is a little different to the movie... I thought he would go into the family story line of the kids, but to no avail... But I must say The character of Lexxie is so well written that even I was telling her to shut up and butt out, oh my gosh that kid is annoying!!!
"WAITED YEARS FOR THIS!"
I've listened to John Heard's Abridged version of this book for YEARS. I've listened to it about 100 times. It's a CLASSIC. Now we have the FULL VERSION!
GET THIS RIGHT AWAY! It's a million times better than the amazing movie.
DIET COKE SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
Crichton was a genius. He was a rare kind of genius that could explain complex scientific concepts in an entertaining fun way to us laymen. I have compared him to Arthur C. Clarke, which is high praise indeed. Crichton has probably launched many careers in science with his ability to show the wonder and magic of science.
WHAT ABOUT THE FROGS
The first half of this book is full of all that wonder I mentioned above. Several different sciences were beautifully explained. Crichton also has a scene of tremendous suspense, involving a little girl and a dinosaur. If Crichton had no science in his writing, he still would be a popular writer with his abilities to build suspense, not just say this happened and than that happened. It is my own personal quirk, but I am not a fan of overly long chase scenes, shoot-em ups or things that explode. I know I am rare in that. Had this book ended at the halfway point (about 7 and a half hours), it would have got a glowing review from me. The last half of the book is mostly being chased, eaten, and thrown around by dinosaurs. There is still some science thrown in, but it reads mostly like it was written for the movie. This much running around lost its appeal for me and my mind kept wondering. I got impatient for it to get over with. The whole frog thing was disappointing also. He kept making it sound like some big deal and big secret no one knew about. Anybody with any minor interest in science knew the answer from the beginning. I still gave the book four stars, as the first half was so wonderful.
Slap her please
I would also like to ask from those who read the book, did you want to slap the crap out of that little girl as much as I did. I was hoping they would throw her to the dinosaurs before it was over.
Scott Brick is one of the most prolific narrators around. He is hard to ignore, but I actually did for about two years. He used to have a tendency to read every sentence tremendous dramatic flair, even if it was some mundane chore like drinking a glass of water. In this book I was amazed by his performance. He already had the voice, but now his inflections fit the mood of each and every sentence. If you have been avoiding his narration, rest assured that you will love him in this reading.
"Thank you, Scott Brick"
The story isn't new, but Scott Brick brings new life into this great story. Whether hearing this story for the first time or revising a classic, this presentation is top notch.
Too many great moments, however one of my favorites is Malcolm revealing to the operators that their system is flawed and there are far more dinosaurs than they expected.
The raptors and the visitor center.
Yes, but at a welcomed 15hr run time it just wasn't practical.
If you have listened to the previous recording that sounded like a virtual home real estate salesperson recounted the events of Jurassic Park, you will be thankful for Scott Brick. If you've listened to The Lost World or any of the Ender's series you already know of Brick and how he really brings a story to life.
"The movie is Great - the Book is BETTER!"
Dear Readers - Try to put the movie out of your head and prepare yourself for a far richer, more exciting and "Run for your Life" adventure into Jurassic Park!
I love love love the Movie "Jurassic Park" And like most, Jurassic movie fans, found myself, perhaps "instinctually" comparing the plot of the movie with that of the book….
Fortunately, having read many books, gone movie - I knew to "clear the slate" and begin anew, discovering a story even more exciting.
Naturally, the book covers in greater details the scientific and technical details and there are more characters and greater character development. All of which, fans of Michael Crichton will know to expect.
I have not, but Mr. Bricks is wonderful and believe him to be the perfect choice in Narrator for "Jurassic Park".
Yes and No. I fell asleep while listening to the book and dreamt I was being chased by dinosaurs! …..Aaaaggghhh! I would not recommend that to anyone.
Final note: I read the book prior to seeing the movie when I was in my 20s. Having seen the movie numerous times, earned a BA, a JD and a few grey hairs, I can tell you I enjoy the story just as much today as I did 20 years ago. - In my book, Jurassic Park is the ultimate summer read.
"What a fun listen..."
I've never seen the movie or read the book (hard to believe but true) but sure had lots of fun listening to Scott Brick tell me this certainly written to be an action movie book. I am sure the action and dinosaurs were more fun to watch... but I have enjoyed all the information which wouldn't have made it into a movie. What an imagination Mr. Crichton and amazing reading Mr. Brick together you make a brilliant team.
I don't think this is one I will read over and over, but it was sure fun on this first read.
"A Good Listen With Only a Few Minor Quibbles"
I really enjoyed the movie more than the book. I thought the special effects really brought the dinosaurs to life realistically--so much so that I even had a dream about that brontosaurus, the one that was peacefully munching leaves high up in the trees.
Perhaps it is an effect of time or failing memory, but I really didn't think the book was THAT dramatically different from the movie. If you loved the movie, you will certainly love the audiobook. But if I was forced to pick between either seeing the movie or listening to the book, I'd pick the movie. Again, this is NOT to say that there is any reason at all you should not purchase this audiobook.
My minor quibbles? The girl, Lex, was endlessly annoying. Her whining was too repetitive and drove me crazy to the point of wanting to swat her. And Malcolm's philosophizings went on for too long and came a bit too often for my tastes. Did these things ruin the listening experience for me? Not at all.
And then, dare I say this? Putting on my helmet for protection . . . Scott Brick has become my least favorite narrator, to the point of not even considering a book narrated by him. It is due to his over emoting. But the reviews of this particular narration bordered on an almost unanimous adoration of the man, so I opted for getting the audiobook, due to the pull of nostalgia. I would say he gave the best possible narration for my ears, and yet that silky, sweet tone of voice at times made me cringe (as it IS a relatively long listen at 15 hours.) If you are a Brick fan, you will most likely be very impressed by this narration. If you are not, you will still love the book.
So there it is.
This book was so thrilling! I love the film and had no idea how much more intense and exciting the book was. Scott Brick is a phenomenal reader as well. One of my favorite audiobooks without question!
"Surprising but true: Movie way better than book!"
Hmm. No. Only benefitted from some of the more thoughtful and all-encompassing Chaos Theory lectures from Ian Malcolm. The rest was--despite the dinosaurs--surprisingly dull and dry.
Dry and dull like the rest of the book! And a little bit opaque. Why exactly must Dr. Grant remain in Costa Rica forever?
Liked: Narrator's voice. He has very clear articulation. Disliked: his rate of speech, which is way too slow!
Note to aspiring authors: think about ways to ensure your readers really CARE about your characters! The movie version very wisely inserts a love relationship between Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, as well as the tension inherent in a relationship in which one partner wants children and one does not. The filmmakers also had the good sense to give John Hammond some actual affection for his grandchildren, and reciprocated love from them for their dear old Grandpa. Without any of these elements, the book feels dry as dust, and the reader/listener doesnt much care WHO gets eaten!
"Bogged down and became irritating"
The story started out interesting, and Scott Brick's fine narration made it a delight to the ear. Eventually, though, the story devolved into one chase scene after another. I was thinking, "don't these animals ever get satiated? And why don't they eat those herds of herbivorous dinosaurs instead of relentlessly pursuing scrawny humans?"
Hunt and chase scenes are exciting on the big screen, but become tedious in an audiobook.
But what really turned me off was the kids. Or more specifically, the girl. Incredibly irritating. I was hoping the T-Rex would devour that bratty little girl, who was constantly whining about how tired, hungry or bored she was, asking stupid questions, and yelling "I hate him!" at the T-Rex. She was like fingernails on a blackboard, and I ultimately started fast-forwarding to get past her.
I would have given this a 5-star review at the end of Part 1, but by halfway through Part 2, it was an effort to keep listening.
Loved this book as much as the first time I read it! Happy to see audible finally get it. Really solid story and great reading. .
An excellent novel, fast paced, exciting, thrilling add in the huge frigging dinosaurs and what else could you ask for?
I used to have an old abridged version of this on cassette when I was a kid and I listen to it so much it eventually wore out so I was extremely excited to see that this unabridged version was coming out.
Scott Brick was an perfect choice of narrator because he is a master at building up tension when needed in a story telling.
I think I saw the film 5 times at the cinema when it came out and loved it, (I was twelve back then so who can blame me!) but the book is so very much better and that is saying something. CGI effects in film can date with time but your imagination’s special effects never do. I absolutely love this Audiobook.
"Even if you've seen the film you will enjoy this"
I most like fiction, history and fantasy and never really listen to horror suspense books, but i'm glad i did. it is a good book .
don'l really listen to many in this genre so i cant really.
Hammond as he is very different in this to how he was portrayed in the film.
there were definite gasp moments.
I would highly recommend this book to people. I gave it a five star as I'm a huge JP fan but peeps i tell thee its entertaining and tense as hell.
Having grown up with the film, the book delivers even more joy as an adult.
"Better than the film."
Really enjoyed this book, far better than the film. I would recommend this to everyone
"Exciting but flawed"
Often when reading a book after having seen a film adaptation of it, you'll find that the book tells the superior story due to the extra depth given to the characters and the extra time afforded to explaining the various plot twists and turns. With Jurassic Park however, the book made me realise how cleverly Spielberg et al had been in their interpretation. The book is exciting and provides a similar sense of wonder, however some of the characters, dialogue and pacing are simply not very well done at times. For example, I spent large parts of the story wishing that one of the younger characters would hurry up and get eaten, they were that irritating. Other characters seem present only so they can spout long philosophising monologues that rarely make much sense. Still, overall it is exciting and fans of the film and the genre will certainly enjoy it.
The story was very gripping, of course I had expected it to be different from the film but not as much as it was and I really enjoyed it.
Jurassic park is a classic book and Scott Brick does it justice with his narration.
If you enjoyed the films you'll enjoy this even more and amazing read couldn't put the book down
"Great book, doesn't detract from the film at all"
This book was great, I'm a big fan of the franchise and I was worried that this book would make the films seem week… I was wrong. If anything, this book strengthened the story even better.it's great to hear what the characters are thinking and their ration now behaving the way they do, it really gives more dimension to this story. Also Scott bricks narration is as always utterly fantastic… You can't go wrong with Scott brick
"Excellent book, better than the film."
Having seen the great Jurassic Park movie (and less great sequels) this audiobook adds much. I can't help but visualise the actors from the movie but this helps.
Set up now for the new Jurassic World movie in June.
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