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Jurassic Park: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
An island off Costa Rica will soon be the world's most ambitious theme park--a dinosaur preserve. A visionary financier's biotechnology company has succeeded in cloning these extinct reptiles. Fifteen different species, presumably incapable of breeding, are now placidly roaming around, but Jurassic Park's resident mathematician, an expert in chaos theory, predicts that the animals' behavior is inherently unstable. When a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, things go haywire. Two cute American kids, eight-year-old Tina and 11-year-old Tim, a safari guide from Kenya and a Denver paleontologist set things aright--almost. Though the dinosaurs here are more interesting than the people, Crichton ( The Andromeda Strain ) ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth. It can be read as a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering. 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; movie rights sold to Steven Spielberg/Universal Pictures .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The book was infinitely better than the movie and I'm surprised at how much they changed page to screen. Both are entertaining in their own right. I have to wonder why Hollywood felt the need to make the changed they did for the movie?
This was a great, well paced, at times harrowing, jaunt onto a little island off the coast of Costa Rica where you were never sure when the next dino was going to show up.
Looking forward to reading The Lost World.
As far as the story goes, it's very different than the movie. While many of the characters are here from the movie, the majority of them are different in dramatic ways. Hammond, the grandfatherly old man from the movie, is more cynical, delusional, and money driven in the book. Grant doesn't hate kids. The kids ages are reversed. It hugely expands on Ian Malcolm's ("Life uh uh... Finds a way.") thought processes and shows how he really is Hammond's foil.
These changes serve to make the book a more realistic story. That may sound strange given the backdrop of artificially engineered dinosaurs, but the motivations behind the characters seem more convincing in this portrayal than they did in the movie. The story is less focused on major cinematic encounters and more focused on the overall danger associated with the park.
While there are fewer big bang moments than in the movie, the overall story is more cohesive, with motivations becoming more fleshed out and characters becoming more understandable.
It started off kind of slow, but once they got to the park and things started moving along I couldn't get put the book down.
My only qualm with the book (and most fans have said the same) is that in the book Ian Malcolm actually dies from his injuries towards the end. HOWEVER because Spielberg wanted to do The Lost World and wanted Crichton to write it as a basis for the film, Malcolm was ultimately (and unrealistically) brought back from the dead. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Malcolm, and was relieved to see him alive in the continuation, however the circumstances are confusing. Also, you'll notice a slight attitude change between both Malcolms. Movie Malcolm is incredibly intelligent but lovably comical, whereas book Malcolm is also intelligent but a bit more arrogant and snappy. It is my intention to return and do a fuller and more descriptive review. But until then I basically want to convey this: despite all the technical mumbo jumbo, when it comes down to it, this book is TRULY the embodiment of the Jurassic Park that most of us fans (who had only seen the film) love. It is a great read - realistic, down to earth, and suspenseful. It keeps you turning the pages, wondering who is going to survive and who will not. You will not be disappointed. As an avid JP fan, I know I wasn't.