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Jurassic Park

A Novel
Written by: Michael Crichton
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads

“Frighteningly real…compelling.… It’ll keep you riveted.” —The Detroit News

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price. 

Until something goes wrong.... 

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.

©1990 Michael Crichton and © 2014 by Dinosaur Holdings LLC. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Frighteningly real...compelling.... It'll keep you riveted." (The Detroit News)

"Crichton's dinosaurs are genuinely frightening." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"Full of suspense." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Scott Brick brings a chilling calm to the complex story with his deep, even tone and clear enunciation.... He does a particularly fine portrayal of John Hammond, the creator of the controversial park, giving the character a raspy edge that suits the dark agenda beneath his grandfatherly facade." (AudioFile)

Editors Select, May 2015 - Years ago, as I was just starting to explore the genre of sci-fi, my best friend (a huge Crichton fan) urged me to read Jurassic Park - the basis, of course, for the blockbuster film franchise. I'm not too ashamed to admit that the movie terrified me as a kid, but in many ways, the novel is even more frightening, as it relies more heavily on the science that makes Jurassic Park possible - and very unstable - adding an unsettling dose of reality to this cautionary tale. I'm so excited to relive this book in audio as it’s released unabridged for the very first time with the incredible Scott Brick narrating - providing the perfect measured, authoritative voice for such a science-heavy listen. And with Jurassic World coming this summer, there's simply no better time to dive in to this classic. - Sam, Audible Editor

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Brilliant

Good narration. Excellent storytelling by Michael Crichton. This book is more memorable than the movies.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 30-01-16

CHAOS THEORY

DIET COKE SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
Crichton was a genius. He was a rare kind of genius that could explain complex scientific concepts in an entertaining fun way to us laymen. I have compared him to Arthur C. Clarke, which is high praise indeed. Crichton has probably launched many careers in science with his ability to show the wonder and magic of science.

WHAT ABOUT THE FROGS
The first half of this book is full of all that wonder I mentioned above. Several different sciences were beautifully explained. Crichton also has a scene of tremendous suspense, involving a little girl and a dinosaur. If Crichton had no science in his writing, he still would be a popular writer with his abilities to build suspense, not just say this happened and than that happened. It is my own personal quirk, but I am not a fan of overly long chase scenes, shoot-em ups or things that explode. I know I am rare in that. Had this book ended at the halfway point (about 7 and a half hours), it would have got a glowing review from me. The last half of the book is mostly being chased, eaten, and thrown around by dinosaurs. There is still some science thrown in, but it reads mostly like it was written for the movie. This much running around lost its appeal for me and my mind kept wondering. I got impatient for it to get over with. The whole frog thing was disappointing also. He kept making it sound like some big deal and big secret no one knew about. Anybody with any minor interest in science knew the answer from the beginning. I still gave the book four stars, as the first half was so wonderful.

Slap her please
I would also like to ask from those who read the book, did you want to slap the crap out of that little girl as much as I did. I was hoping they would throw her to the dinosaurs before it was over.

Narrator
Scott Brick is one of the most prolific narrators around. He is hard to ignore, but I actually did for about two years. He used to have a tendency to read every sentence tremendous dramatic flair, even if it was some mundane chore like drinking a glass of water. In this book I was amazed by his performance. He already had the voice, but now his inflections fit the mood of each and every sentence. If you have been avoiding his narration, rest assured that you will love him in this reading.

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  • kenneth
  • 12-05-15

WAITED YEARS FOR THIS!

Would you listen to Jurassic Park again? Why?

I've listened to John Heard's Abridged version of this book for YEARS. I've listened to it about 100 times. It's a CLASSIC. Now we have the FULL VERSION!

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GET THIS RIGHT AWAY! It's a million times better than the amazing movie.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-07-18

Fantastic Story, Boring Narrator

I've read this book many times, but this is my first time listening. The narrator reads in a dull, monotone voice that took me out of a story I love very much. I wouldn't recommend the audio book version.

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  • Customer22
  • 12-05-15

Great Narration, Great Story, missing details

The story is obviously great, Scott Brick is an excellent narrator, however for some reason they decided to leave out a lot of details whenever they are reading something that's on a computer screen. The part where Malcolm interrogates the control crew about the dinosaurs multiplying is truncated to the point that you have no idea what dinos have multiplied... it's a small gripe but it's a large plot point.

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 06-10-19

Lots of Science

Well, that was fun and science heavy. I guess I've watched the movies before and never really read the book, so it seemed like time.

The book is far less horrifying to me than the movie, but I startle very easily and have a bad scream reflex. So me watching the movie is far more dramatic than me reading the book, even though the book also has a certain level of stress and suspense.

I liked it.

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  • Kaz
  • 03-06-19

True 5 star book

Their are not many true 5 star books. This is one of the few on Audible. Best of the best books.

Very different from the movie but well worth the listen

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  • Aliette
  • 18-05-15

The movie is Great - the Book is BETTER!

Would you consider the audio edition of Jurassic Park to be better than the print version?

Dear Readers - Try to put the movie out of your head and prepare yourself for a far richer, more exciting and "Run for your Life" adventure into Jurassic Park!

I love love love the Movie "Jurassic Park" And like most, Jurassic movie fans, found myself, perhaps "instinctually" comparing the plot of the movie with that of the book….

Fortunately, having read many books, gone movie - I knew to "clear the slate" and begin anew, discovering a story even more exciting.

Naturally, the book covers in greater details the scientific and technical details and there are more characters and greater character development. All of which, fans of Michael Crichton will know to expect.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but Mr. Bricks is wonderful and believe him to be the perfect choice in Narrator for "Jurassic Park".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and No. I fell asleep while listening to the book and dreamt I was being chased by dinosaurs! …..Aaaaggghhh! I would not recommend that to anyone.

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Final note: I read the book prior to seeing the movie when I was in my 20s. Having seen the movie numerous times, earned a BA, a JD and a few grey hairs, I can tell you I enjoy the story just as much today as I did 20 years ago. - In my book, Jurassic Park is the ultimate summer read.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 18-06-15

A Good Listen With Only a Few Minor Quibbles

I really enjoyed the movie more than the book. I thought the special effects really brought the dinosaurs to life realistically--so much so that I even had a dream about that brontosaurus, the one that was peacefully munching leaves high up in the trees.

Perhaps it is an effect of time or failing memory, but I really didn't think the book was THAT dramatically different from the movie. If you loved the movie, you will certainly love the audiobook. But if I was forced to pick between either seeing the movie or listening to the book, I'd pick the movie. Again, this is NOT to say that there is any reason at all you should not purchase this audiobook.

My minor quibbles? The girl, Lex, was endlessly annoying. Her whining was too repetitive and drove me crazy to the point of wanting to swat her. And Malcolm's philosophizings went on for too long and came a bit too often for my tastes. Did these things ruin the listening experience for me? Not at all.

And then, dare I say this? Putting on my helmet for protection . . . Scott Brick has become my least favorite narrator, to the point of not even considering a book narrated by him. It is due to his over emoting. But the reviews of this particular narration bordered on an almost unanimous adoration of the man, so I opted for getting the audiobook, due to the pull of nostalgia. I would say he gave the best possible narration for my ears, and yet that silky, sweet tone of voice at times made me cringe (as it IS a relatively long listen at 15 hours.) If you are a Brick fan, you will most likely be very impressed by this narration. If you are not, you will still love the book.

So there it is.

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  • Chuck Sadler
  • 25-09-18

I could have used more from the Performance

I love the Jurassic Park Novel but I found this performance to be lack luster. There were just many periods while listening where it fell flat for me. Jurassic Park is a scientific book and there is a lot of explanation but I found the narrator got into a repetitive tone that would just bore me.

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  • Jan
  • 13-05-15

What a fun listen...

I've never seen the movie or read the book (hard to believe but true) but sure had lots of fun listening to Scott Brick tell me this certainly written to be an action movie book. I am sure the action and dinosaurs were more fun to watch... but I have enjoyed all the information which wouldn't have made it into a movie. What an imagination Mr. Crichton and amazing reading Mr. Brick together you make a brilliant team.

I don't think this is one I will read over and over, but it was sure fun on this first read.

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  • William
  • 21-06-15

Even if you've seen the film you will enjoy this

Where does Jurassic Park rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I most like fiction, history and fantasy and never really listen to horror suspense books, but i'm glad i did. it is a good book .

What other book might you compare Jurassic Park to, and why?

don'l really listen to many in this genre so i cant really.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

Hammond as he is very different in this to how he was portrayed in the film.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

there were definite gasp moments.

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I would highly recommend this book to people. I gave it a five star as I'm a huge JP fan but peeps i tell thee its entertaining and tense as hell.

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  • D. Micklewright
  • 19-05-16

Exciting but flawed

Often when reading a book after having seen a film adaptation of it, you'll find that the book tells the superior story due to the extra depth given to the characters and the extra time afforded to explaining the various plot twists and turns. With Jurassic Park however, the book made me realise how cleverly Spielberg et al had been in their interpretation. The book is exciting and provides a similar sense of wonder, however some of the characters, dialogue and pacing are simply not very well done at times. For example, I spent large parts of the story wishing that one of the younger characters would hurry up and get eaten, they were that irritating. Other characters seem present only so they can spout long philosophising monologues that rarely make much sense. Still, overall it is exciting and fans of the film and the genre will certainly enjoy it.

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  • kmcca5
  • 20-05-15

Jurassic Park!

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An excellent novel, fast paced, exciting, thrilling add in the huge frigging dinosaurs and what else could you ask for?

I used to have an old abridged version of this on cassette when I was a kid and I listen to it so much it eventually wore out so I was extremely excited to see that this unabridged version was coming out.

Scott Brick was an perfect choice of narrator because he is a master at building up tension when needed in a story telling.

I think I saw the film 5 times at the cinema when it came out and loved it, (I was twelve back then so who can blame me!) but the book is so very much better and that is saying something. CGI effects in film can date with time but your imagination’s special effects never do. I absolutely love this Audiobook.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 17-05-15

Excellent Ride

You all know the plot from the film - mad billionaire creates a theme part full of genetically modified dinosaurs. I have to say though, and a lot of this is to do with the narration (Scott Brick is a favourite of mine), the audiobook is much more exciting.

Despite the T-Rex making the front cover, it is the velociraptors that stole the show; from seemingly adorable babies to cunning, predator adults. Kudos to Dr Grant, if I was him, I would have left Lex behind - she was incredibly annoying and kept putting them in danger, wee pain!

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  • Sam Folan
  • 11-07-15

Just great

Having grown up with the film, the book delivers even more joy as an adult.

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  • Jordan
  • 06-07-15

Loved it!!!

The story was very gripping, of course I had expected it to be different from the film but not as much as it was and I really enjoyed it.

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  • AnnieH
  • 16-06-15

Brilliant

If you enjoyed the films you'll enjoy this even more and amazing read couldn't put the book down

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  • Matt
  • 07-06-15

Better than the film.

Really enjoyed this book, far better than the film. I would recommend this to everyone

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  • angelo
  • 09-06-15

Great book, doesn't detract from the film at all

This book was great, I'm a big fan of the franchise and I was worried that this book would make the films seem week… I was wrong. If anything, this book strengthened the story even better.it's great to hear what the characters are thinking and their ration now behaving the way they do, it really gives more dimension to this story. Also Scott bricks narration is as always utterly fantastic… You can't go wrong with Scott brick

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-19

Lex us so whiney I wanted the raptors to eat her

I love the premise of the story but good god that character is annoying and unnecessary

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Make The Lost World available!!

One of my favourite books, now please make the English version of The Lost world available in Australia!!

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  • Brenton
  • 23-01-18

Many differences from the movie

Heavily philosophical in parts, and a little preachy, but the storyline is terrific and different enough from the movie to be suspenseful and interesting. I don't know if Speilberg's vision makes it easier, or if it's an impediment to really imagining this incredible world, but appreciating both as separate pieces of art would be my advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-18

better than the movie

loved it had a great time with it keeped me interested the intire time better than the movie

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  • Jen
  • 19-03-20

By the end I wanted the raptors to win.

What a great concept and terrible execution. By the end of this story I wanted the raptors the eat all but two characters - everyone else was so annoying and one-dimensional at best.

Let's get the performance out of the way first - I'd happily listen to Scott Brick read the telephone book (if these still existed). Apart from the Muldoon character whose, Nairobi accent sounds Jamaican, all characters are well acted and differentiated.

Apart from Gennero and Wu characters, all others are one dimensional and often that dimension is obnoxious. I'm sure that Crichton must never have met a child in his life - the 8 year old Lex comes across as three year old with no impulse control who is so incredibly annoying that I'd personally feed her to any dinosaur who showed an interest.. The 12 year old Tim seems to age ten years during the story - having adult conversations by the end.

There are lots of close calls with hungry dinosaurs and very unrealistic escapes.

I finished the book but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone or listen to it again.

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  • George
  • 10-06-15

Great story

Awesome audiobook that's actually really different from the movie.

It was very detailed and informative for a fictional text and very addictive.

Highly recommended...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

loved it

I loved this book. I've read it over and over, this was my first time listening to it though. I thought it was very well done. the recording quality was a little poor though. it sounded like old technology. it wasn't distracting though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-20

Highly recommended.

Definitely give this book a go, far better than the movie and I love the movie.

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 17-05-20

It's Jurassic Park. of course 5 stars!

Having seen the movie many times, I thought I'd check out where the story came from. Wow, this is quite different! And a lot of it in a good way too! Definitely worth the listen if you want a more in depth take on the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-20

Better Than the Movie

Amazing book and getting the chance to work through the moral areas significantly more than the movie while there are larger ramifications than just the island.

Only downside is a slow start however once it picks up it is hard to stop listening to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-20

Outstanding

A tense and riveting techno thriller with a great performance. Packed with detail and susoense. Highly recommend for anyone.