State of Fear

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: George Wilson
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 18 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

The Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere takes on global warming in this gripping and critically acclaimed thriller. In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications. In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters of New Guinea. And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means. Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative techno-thriller State of Fear. Only Crichton's unique ability to blend scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion. This is Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward on a roller-coaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his best.

Reviews (87)

Good Book Proven Sources of Science

Written by Anonymous on May 27th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not the best Crichton book ever,but still good.....now if you are a far left wing nut job....then don't waste your time ....very obvious to me that many reviewers that rate this book bad fall under this category!!!!!!!! Read paperback first

State of Fear

Written by Larry M on December 31st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found the story boring, the naration iritating. Didn't get past the 2nd disk.

horrid

Written by kathi from San Luis Obispo, CA on December 22nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

was surprised it was so bad...and so right wing! only got thru 4 CD's and couldn't stand it..sent it back.

STATE OF FEAR

Written by Anonymous from Haysville, KS on June 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Slow start but once it got going was well worth the wait. As a science buff it was good to hear some truth about a current political philosophy that is based more on emotion than reality.

Great Book!

Written by Kathy on September 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

When I first popped this in, the guy's voice reminded me of Walter Kronkite doing the news. I hung in there and by the second disk I was HOOKED. This is a very exciting book [yes, both me and my daughter gasped out loud more than a few times during the first part of this book] and we could not wait to get the second part of the book. I am listening to that now, and the narrators voice is really good [especially as to Nate!] and the story is riveting.

State of Fear

Written by Anonymous on August 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was horribly boring...not sure if it is the book itself or the reader. Either way, I opted to send it back without finishing it!

State of Fear

Written by Phillip on August 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fun read. Covers one of the most controversial topics in an exciting way. The story builds momentum after the first few chapters. By the end of the story, I reconsidered my views of science and what we humans in fact know for sure. It's a story that made a lasting impression on me. Well worth reading. As a side note, it's interesting that Crichton mentioned to Charlie Rose in an interview that he was initially hesitant of writing this book because, "I'm going to get killed for [writing it]" .

State of Fear

Written by Jon from Battle Ground, WA on August 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book. kept me in my car even after I got home.

State of Fear

Written by EJ from Ontario, CA on August 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book is painfully boring!! I usually like Michael Crichton's books but this one is just awful. Don't waste your time.

Gripping and Eye Opening

Written by Christine Berkes from Monroeville, PA on June 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! Admittedly it started out slow, a lot of talk, not a lot of action, but once the pieces start to fall together, it really keeps you waiting to see what happens next. In addition, the information on science and global warming has really opened my eyes. I checked the hardcopy out of the library to see some of the footnotes that cite the scientific data - VERY interesting stuff. I really enjoyed the twists and dangers, but the close-minded cultists they threw in once the reader had already 'converted' were annoying. I understand it was used to present even more material refuting the popular opinion, but it was slightly tiresome to hear the same old weak rebuttals from the first half of the book. The ending left a lot of unwrapped ends, however, that I would have liked to see play out. Definitely worth struggling through the first few discs for!

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.