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Congo

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)
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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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A little underwhelming

Really good story but I was underwhelmed by the ending - it had a lot of promise but left too many lose ends and questions unanswered

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  • hgpilot - MM
  • 28-11-2015

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.

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  • Jake Campos
  • 19-10-2015

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.

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  • Nathan
  • 11-10-2015

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.

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  • Billy
  • 16-08-2016

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.

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  • Jonevan Brown
  • 25-08-2017

Roller coaster

This book was incredibly fun to listen to, with some great narration to boot.

If you love Crichton, this is about as classic as it gets.

"Amy good gorilla."

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  • J. R. Bradbury
  • 17-07-2017

Not his best

This book spends way too much time on events leading up to the final conflict and technical jargon. I purchased it as a cheap buy to tide me over until next month's credit, but I struggled with wanting to finish it in many places. The narrator did a good job differentiating between different characters and it was entertaining, albeit frustratingly slow in places. I recommend his other novel, Prey, over this one, but it's not a terrible choice.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 20-11-2016

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.

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  • Dawn
  • 19-10-2015

Worth reading.

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

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  • 15-01-2019

Too much explaining

80% if this book is explaining history, technology, etc. There is very little actual story. Every time the story has a few minutes of narration, then we must suffer through a long period of explaining how things occurred in the past or how some historical figure viewed things. A story should not need constant explanation.

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  • Ben
  • 07-05-2018

kind of slow

thisnis my first Chricton story. I don't think I'll listen to more. the story was ok. interesting concept, but not well executed. often times bogged down by detail and research that may be true or complete BS. I wasn't interested enough to fact check.

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  • Colin
  • 21-10-2015

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*

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  • peter regan
  • 18-05-2019

Great read!

I loved every minute of this book.Totally absorbing storyline from beginning to end. I just couldn’t put it down. Excellent narration from Julia Whelan too. Would highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2019

Awful in every way

This book is just terrible. The writing is shocking and the performance is so so bad. It's boring from start to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-2018

Good book overall. Thoroughly enjoyed.

It's a very good book sometimes the story can drift and you might get a bit lost but overall it's a enjoyable story. At first I struggled with the narrator but in fairness it is told in a interesting and gripping way.

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  • Scott C.
  • 02-04-2018

great listen

was a great listen, had me gripped from start to finish. Good narration. some of the narrators sound effects had me in hysterics.

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  • Arran Morris
  • 07-09-2016

rubbish<br />

struggle to finsh it. it was very hard to get in to lost intrest in the book

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  • Mr Stuart E Truman
  • 20-08-2016

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.

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  • Benny butthead
  • 07-06-2017

how to ruin my fav book, get a boring narrator.

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0 of 6 people found this review helpful