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Eruption

Written by: Michael Crichton, James Patterson
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

The biggest thriller of the year: A history-making eruption is about to destroy the Big Island of Hawaii. But a secret held for decades by the US military is far more terrifying than any volcano.

“The book is a classic summer beach read...Eruption will revive the art of speed-reading...told with a singular voice that is a compelling amalgam of the two writers.”—USA Today

Eruption is an epic thriller…fast-paced and deeply considered…a cinematic story rooted in science and infused with plenty of heart, tackling big themes like love and loss.”–Time

The master of the techno-blockbuster joins forces with the master of the modern thriller to create the most anticipated mega bestseller in years.

Michael Crichton, creator of Jurassic Park, ER, Twister, and Westworld, had a passion project he’d been pursuing for years, ahead of his untimely passing in 2008. Knowing how special it was, his wife, Sherri Crichton, held back his notes and the partial manuscript until she found the right author to complete it: James Patterson, the world’s most popular storyteller.

“Explosive…the summer’s ultimate literary mashup.”—Washington Post

"Takes readers on a thrilling journey."—BBC

"Beachbag-ready."—Boston Globe

“A seismic publishing event…all the elements of a summer blockbuster…it’s a thrill and the pages practically turn themselves.”—Associated Press

Eruption is this summer’s literary version of a blockbuster action movie.”–Los Angeles Times

"Breakneck and plausible."—Publishers Weekly

©2024 Michael Crichton and James Patterson (P)2024 Little, Brown & Company

What the critics say

Eruption is this summer’s literary version of a blockbuster action movie.”—Los Angeles Times
“Pulse-pounding … the heartbreaking climax and satisfying style are what listeners have come to expect from these two masters of the genre.”—AudioFile
Eruption is so much more than just a great summer read. It combines the impeccable research and scientific knowledge that Crichton consistently infused into everything he wrote with the breakneck suspense of a James Patterson novel… A wild ride that takes no prisoners.”—Bookreporter

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Milk toast rehash 😴

Half hearted rehash.
So cliched….
Dinosaurs are out, volcanoes are in.
Elementary grade villain … evil volcano!!!!
Character development is so 1970’s
Higgins and gang should drive by any minute. In their Ferrari
Never fear US army to the rescue to save hapless islanders.
Hard pass 🤬

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My least favourite

It wasn’t a great listen,
Narration was so so and the story never really got interesting

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Terrible performer

Yet another bestselling novel absolutely ruined by Scott Brick. His reading is overly dramatic and his cadence/intonation does not come close to a normal speaking style. He reads everything exactly the same regardless of character, pace, or tension. Please stop hiring him.

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Disappointing

I am a big fan of Crichton's books but was very disappointed by this one. It felt like the outline of a Crichton novel but was missing the things that made it one of his. Usually he has a proscience/tech antagonist who just sees the upside and not the risk and skeptical science based protagonist who understands the risk and is proven correct over the course of the story. They were missing from this book.The characters were poorly fleshed out. The narration was in the style of William Shatner, with odd emphasis and none of the characters had a unique voice. I can't recommend this book.

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EXCELLENT!

I wish there was some way to rate this book with more than five stars. Failing that, I’ll add three more stars right here. 🌟🌟🌟

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one of the few books i've returned

This is nothing like a Michael Crichton book, the narration isn't done very well, and there seems to be too many characters involved (compared to early tom clancy books where there are many characters, but all well written and flushed out).

The plot also is a bit unclear and the pacing isn't well done, when the volcano finally erupts in the 3rd act essentially, the book is almost over.

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Cheesy like a French wine party.

This is almost a parody of a suspense novel. SO CHEESY. Don't bother. Try something else.

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Thank you

Thank you to all that made this book happen. Crichton never disappointed me and it's great to see his work live on. I am new to James Patterson but so far I like what he does! Scott Brick is a perfect narrator for anything, as always.

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