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Prey. (Audiobooks: Fiction).

PREY. Michael Crichton. 2002. Read by George Wilson. 9 tapes. 13 hrs. Recorded Books. 1-4025-3593-7. $80.00. Vinyl; plot, reader notes.


Jack Forman, an out-of-work programmer and currently a stay-at-home dad, discovers that his wife is involved with Xymos Technology's endeavor to make use of the exciting prospect of using nano technology. ostensibly to improve medical examinations, and possibly the Pentagon. Somehow out on the Nevada desert all goes awry. The microscopic creatures begin to behave like swarms, reproduce, hunt, and invade their creators. Strange things happen: Jack's daughter develops a terrible rash that is finally cured when she is placed in an MRI machine: his son sees ghostly creatures that come at night with vacuum cleaners; his wife and co-workers appear to be physically enhanced. Jack is called upon to figure out what to do. Out in the desert, he sees the nano swarm attack and kill a rabbit. Are humans next? Minute by minute, we follow Jack as he works to destroy the living swarms, and we wonder, when it's over, if that really is the end of them.

Crichton has moved from the ghastly gigantic predators of Jurassic Park to even more frightening predators--sub-micro nanobeasties who reproduce, menace, and evolve with stunning rapidity Wilson capably narrates the harrowing scientific tale in a careful, sane, reasonable tone that leaves the listener in excruciating suspense. Good listening for SF fans; scary gripping stuff. (Note: See additional review for this title below) Mary I. Purucker, Beverly Hills P.L., Beverly Hills, CA
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Author:Purucker, Mary I.
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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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