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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 13, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345370778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345370778
  • ASIN: 0345370775
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,040 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Unless your species evolved sometime after 1993 when Jurassic Park hit theaters, you're no doubt familiar with this dinosaur-bites-man disaster tale set on an island theme park gone terribly wrong. But if Speilberg's amped-up CGI creation left you longing for more scientific background and ... well, character development, check out the original Michael Crichton novel. Although not his best book (get ahold of sci-fi classic The Andromeda Strain for that), Jurassic Park fills out the film version's kinetic story line with additional scenes, dialogue, and explanations while still maintaining Crichton's trademark thrills-'n'-chills pacing. As ever, the book really is better than the movie. --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

Bioengineers clone 15 species of dinosaurs and establish an island preserve where tourists can view the large reptiles; chaos ensues when a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, and it's up to two kids, a safari guide and a paleontologist to set things right. PW called this, "A scary, creepy, mesmerizing technothriller with teeth."
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More About the Author

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He was also the creator of the television series ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been made into thirteen films, and translated in thirty-six languages. He died in 2008.

Customer Reviews

If anyone out there saw the movie and enjoyed it, but still has not read the book, I highly recommend it.
Red Pineapple
The book's world could very well be our world, the concept behind it is excellent, and the writing (plot, pacing, characters, language) are all excellent, too.
David A. Lessnau
The book was something I never considered reading thinking that the movie was so good that the book would be however better, just more of the same thing.
W. Black

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although all three of the "Jurassic Park" movies were visually spectacular, and although Crichton's "Lost World" followup was a good novel, in my opinion you have to go here, to the original "Jurassic Park" novel, to experience the true greatness of this story.

Probably just about everybody knows the basic premise - scientists clone dinosaurs to create a massive theme park on a tropical island, and everything goes terribly awry. What may have been forgotten in the years since its initial release is that this is one of the most thrilling, imagination-igniting, adventurous and frighteningly Believable (an aspect which didn't quite make it through to the film versions; most of the ethical questions, pro and con, also struggled to be heard in the movies) novels ever written. In quoting early on actual tinkerings with the biological makeup of living things for man's scientific curiosity and potential profit, the book made it seem not only plausible that this could happen, but that, if this was in Any Way possible that it could happen, that someday, somehow, somebody is actually going to go and do something like this. Not necesarily a dinosaur theme park (although who knows?) but some kind of cloning/genetic engineering scheme on this gargantuan scale.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on July 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's a shame that a lot of people won't read this book because they saw the movie and thought it was stupid. Yes, it was a pretty good movie, but this book is a lot better, simply because it focuses more on the scientific and character development aspects, rather than pure thrills and suspense (not that there isn't any of that). Also, the movie didn't follow the book at all, there are many parallels between the two. What's cool about this book is that dinosaurs aren't definately a part of the story until over 100 pages into the book! Indeed, if the movie was not so famous and you had just read the book first, you might not have known it was about dinosaurs until rather far into it (but the title of course, gives it away). But just look at the explanation of how the dinosaurs were created, among the various other scientific aspects of the book, everything is explained in painstaking detail, without ever becoming boring. Crichton really did his homework on this one.
If you are putting off reading this book because you think it is some stupid and unrealistic fantasy about the rebirth of dinosaurs, then not only are you totally wrong, you are missing out. This is a must read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Fontenot VINE VOICE on April 9, 2007
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Okay, so it doesn't quite roll off of the tongue like the famous line from "The Wizard of Oz," but Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" runs through a very similar vein of tall tales. It's the story of dinosaurs who are forced into a new world that they are unaccustomed to. So what does a T-Rex do in a strange new environment? The exact same thing it did so many millions of years ago. It eats everything in its path. Crichton tackles the very touchy arena of ethics in science. Should we do something for profit or scientific advancement no matter what the consequences might be? Is it always good to bring something back that's extinct? What happens when you try to control a living thing by denying it certain necessities? All of this and more is answered in this Crichton page-turner-turned-mega-movie.

The book, as is almost always the case, is much better than the film, and that's saying a lot considering how excellent the film adaptation of "Jurassic Park" was. It really captured the primary message of the book. I won't go into any deep detail since most people have either read the book already or have watched the film, but I will say that the book has much better character and story development. There are a few surprises as well in the overall outcome of the story. Characters that have minute or non-existent roles in the film are expanded upon in the book, and the list of survivors doesn't necessarily include all of the group from the film. In fact, I'm glad that a couple of characters had different fates on the page than they did on the screen.

Overall, this is an excellent book. Crichton crafted a wonderful science fiction thriller that is just as suspenseful as the flick and is better as a whole. If you're looking for sci-fi thrills, ethical arguments, and even a few scientific facts, "Jurassic Park" is just what Dr. Grant ordered.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Beier on May 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a few years since I've read this book, but it still stands out to me as one of my favorite works of (modern) fiction. This book is very fast paced and when I read it, I had a really hard time putting it down. I read it cover to cover almost non-stop. I can imagine this book becoming a little more popular again with all the talk of cloning going on and while the ideas in this book are far-fetched, I'm sure it will help some people make opinions on whether or not cloning is good or bad. So, if you're looking for a great, faced paced sci-fi thriller, you may want to pick up Jurassic Park. I also feel the book is much better than the movie despite the fact that Spielberg directed JP in 1991. The story line is MUCH more devolped and the ending is entirely different! So, if you've seen the movie and liked it and have yet to read the book, I suggest you do - you will definitely enjoy this book.
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