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The Andromeda Strain

Auteur(s): Michael Crichton
Narrateur(s): David Morse
Durée: 8 h et 15 min
4 out of 5 stars (115 évaluations)

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First published fifty years ago, The Andromeda Strain redefined the science fiction genre, and immediately established Michael Crichton as one of the brightest voices in contemporary literature worldwide.

"I love anything Michael Crichton writes." (Stephen King)

A military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper atmosphere, is knocked out of orbit and falls to Earth. Twelve miles from the crash site, an inexplicable and deadly phenomenon terrorizes the residents of a sleepy desert town in Arizona, leaving only two survivors: an elderly addict and a newborn infant.

The United States government is forced to mobilize Project Wildfire, a top-secret emergency response protocol. Four of the nation’s most elite biophysicists are summoned to a clandestine underground laboratory located five stories beneath the desert and fitted with an automated atomic self-destruction mechanism for cases of irremediable contamination. Under conditions of total news blackout and the utmost urgency, the scientists race to understand and contain the crisis. But the Andromeda Strain proves different from anything they’ve ever seen - and what they don’t know could not only hurt them, but lead to unprecedented worldwide catastrophe.

©1969 Constant c Productions, Inc.; Copyright renewed 1996 by CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Realistic and poignant science fiction story

The Andromeda Strain is an effortlessly well paced science fiction novel. It takes a very hard sci-fi glance at the possibility of alien life, focusing on the much more realistic prediction of alien microbes being found as opposed to actual organisms. It tells a story that is very reminiscent of Crichton's later Jurassic Park but in a much more down to Earth and humble way. Nothing ever feels too far fetched or unbelievable. All of the characters in The Andromeda Strain are interesting and it never reveals it's hand too soon to make the nature of its alien microbe obvious. Another really interesting aspect of this book is despite being extremely hard-science loaded. It never feels too complicated or obtuse. Everything is very well explained in laymen's terms and as a result the plot feels very clear and understandable. It also has a very satisfying ending and plot resolution. The performance by David Morse is also brilliant. His old wisened voice lends itself so well to this book. It feels at times like a military briefing by a retired general more than just a person reading a book to you. I can't praise this aspect of the audiobook enough. Overall highly recommended novel and audiobook by Michael Crichton. It is unfortunate that it's one of his lesser known works.

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  • Au global
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Great Novel. Inadequate Medium

This is a fantastic SciFi book. The audiobook format lets it down. Crichton's books are full of rich detail that lend some realism and credibility to his stories. This one has plenty of protocols, government records, and printouts. Kinda dry at times. And not easy to get across in an audiobook. It would need an incredible reader to put any emotion into it.
Unfortunately, we get David Morse. An adequate reader, he doesn't exactly sound bored in this one. 'Uninterested' is a fair description. His narrating is pretty monotone, so some of the scientific and technical details and documents in the book come across like somebody reading a list from a manual.

Lacklustre performance of a great novel. I would recommend a hard-copy. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Good story

A classic story told very well, I will be interested in the new book coming out soon. I wonder where Crichton will take the new story.

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Rare time that listening probably doesn't help

#Audible1 I enjoy this author. His books are entertaining and thought provoking. He spins a good yarn with a scientific/ factual bent and this story doesn't dissapoint. Unfortunately this book, as written, includes lots of point by point items at the beginning of the chapters. If you were reading these in a book you would skim through but they are unbearably tedious when you have to listen to them. I think a little editing of the original was needed for the performance of this audible book.

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so realistic and suspenseful a story

Even though this story is over 50 years old, it's told so well you can even imagine it happening today.
The narrator, David Morse, is incredible in the way he tells the story too.

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Not my cup of tea.

I multitask while I listen. The book was very technical. Lots of details that detracted from the story. The narration was excellent which was why I finished it.

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Great technical story

I felt like I just got a science education as well as listened to a good story. I really liked it but the details were very very detailed, which may appeal to some more than others. Overall, it was a good story! I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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good story but anticlimactic

The book was very technical and interesting put overall the end of the book was anticlimactic

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I hound this book tediously boring.

I am not a science person and did not like this book. I usually like books like this and enjoyed Crichton’s other books, but didn’t like this.

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Not his best.... not his second or third best....

Yikes! I am glad this was on the short side because it was hella boring!

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  • Ryan Johnson
  • 2015-07-31

Best science + biology fiction book I have read

The author leaves just enough out of the plot to make this a follow along detective novel for biochemists and science fiction enthusiasts alike. Get ready to day dream all types of alien biological attacks for the next few days, because when microorganisms come from space, your mind can make anything believable. I wish this book was 2 times longer, I feel the author finished it in a rush!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-15

Interesting but soooo slow

Narrated well. Started out fairly exciting but very anticlimactic after struggling through 6 hours of extreme detail with little action. Not an audio book to run to.

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  • Joshua Harris
  • 2015-05-29

45 years old..

...and still my favorite Crichton. It holds up very well because it's simply a great story. Excellently narrated as well.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2015-11-26

Clarkenesque

Horton Hears a Who
Based on thinking out of the box (not cliché in 1969), Crichton was a genius. His theories on possible aliens is not the expected. After he explains them you will be a believer. He is to biology, what Clarke was to rockets. I have always had a great interest in biology and the diversity it can have. I have a certain awe and wonder on the many different places life takes hold, on the many different strategies life comes up with. Life is everywhere, bottom of the ocean, deserts, and in the air, so why not in space?

I'M SURE IT'S A FLUKE
This book is not for everyone. I would not call it hard science, which is what I call books that have so much complex science they are hard for the average person to understand. The science is understandable, it is just the plethora of facts that are included. At times, I felt, surely he could have just gave us a summary of the facts instead of laboriously going over each and every detail. In the hardback some of these are in graphs and drawings. In the audible version they are monotonous. In one part we are read a TRANSCRIPT OF VOICE COMMUINICATIONS SCOOP MISSION CONTROL, in which we hear the hours, minutes and seconds before each verbal communication. These communications are often 2 or three seconds apart, yet we still get 0097, 03, 31, etc... There are some other faults, such as it is dated and the amount of times the geniuses miss obvious clues. The reader gets them immediately and we find ourselves screaming at the radio, it's the acid stupid, the acid. Also the statement is made that we have never had a biological crisis. I would think the Black Plague or the Influenza in 1918, would be consider biological crises.

WILDFIRE
Besides coming up with a great alien invasion, Crichton comes up with a great underground facility. The emergency secret group of scientists and doctors, who must answer the call immediately when something happens is also pretty cool. He used this again in Sphere.

The narrator is sufficient, not great. He has a gravely voice that he uses for a number of characters. This book is not about character development, so that lack of distinction does not play that heavily as it would in some other books.

If you are a fan of Arthur C. Clarke you will enjoy this book. If books with too much data, turns you off, then read one of Crichton's later books. When this was written, data, was important to Science Fiction books. The concepts and imagination of Crichton over ride some of the flaws in the writing style. Don't get me wrong, there are some very exciting action parts to the book, it is not all about the numbers. I give the book a B+.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2015-05-29

Rush to finish

The book just seem like its in a hurry to finish. You get to the good parts of the book and there's only 20 minutes left.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-06-04

Very good medical /scientific thriller!!!

The story was good, but the performance made it that much better. I would recommend this book to those who share the love for a good sci-fi book. Enjoy!

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  • N. Davenport
  • 2017-11-08

I expected more from Crichton

I've read several of Michael Crichton's books, even some that weren't made into movies, so I was looking forward to this one in my field of medical research. From that perspective, I was disappointed. Very little character development, despite an obvious attempt to do so. Minimal suspense. An unsatisfying ending that contradicted the intended foreshadowing. For any other author, this would be a solid four stars (which is what I gave it), but if you like his later work, you may be let down.

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-08-22

Not bad, build up was better than end

Very wordy and detailed, which helps in some areas but makes getting through some sections a chore. I feel like some of the military protocols and messages could have been summarized more. The ending left me wanting, some probably found it fine but I felt like it was cliche and didn't tie in well to the rest of the story.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Molly
  • 2018-06-30

Are we sure this narrator is fully awake?

I can't make it through this book. The narrator sounds like he's half asleep and bored out of his mind.

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  • Paper Poppet
  • 2018-08-19

Not Jurassic Park

Not my thing, way more heavy on the science side and little plot. It was okay but not anything I'll be reflecting on.

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