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Sphere [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Michael Crichton , Edward Asner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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15 May 2001
"A page-turner...Chichton's writing is cinematic, with powerful visual images and nonstop action. This book should come with hot buttered popcorn."
A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old....
"The suspense is real."

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (15 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553702327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553702323
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,333,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Michael Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Westworld', 'Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and the TV series 'ER'. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.

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Within a space ship lying on the sea bottom is a mysterious sphere that promises each of the main characters some personal reward: military might, professional prestige, power, understanding. Trapped underwater with the sphere, the humans confront eerie and increasingly dangerous threats after communication with the alien object has been achieved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding read....Worth every penny!!! 24 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This is quite simply one of the most gripping and intense books I have ever read. I started reading Michael Crichton books a few years ago when I thought I might as well give "Jurassic Park" a try. He has fast become my favourite author, and Sphere, with its tense storyline and shrewd attention to detail, is without doubt one of his finest.
An absolute must for any Michael Crichton fan, and if you've never read one of his books before, a great way to get started (you won't be disappointed!!!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Psychological Thriller 20 Nov 2000
Great stuff! This book had me second-guessing all the characters. The prefect balance of Science and fiction,I'm quickly becoming a Michael Crichton fan!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible 8 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Not only does Crichton give a fabulous story but also incorporates into it the profound ideas and lessons of psychology and space. The fact mixed with the fictional story makes it all very realistic. the story is given from the point of view of a normal man, who has no idea what is going on. we only realise something in the story when he does. The plot twists and turns and when you finally think you have cracked it, it twists again. A stunning novel which I could not put down until I finished the last page. I havent yet seen the film, perhaps this is why I found the book so good, because my views had not been spoilt by the film. If you are into sci-fi, the mind, and the unknown, then PLEASE read this book. I cant give it enough praise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific... 18 Aug 2000
By A Customer
One heck of a book, it kept me gripped from start to finish. Full of original thoughts and ideas, it presents a provokative, thrilling, genuinely scary search into not only the subconsiouces of the characters, but into that of the reader. Crichton has achieved a masterpiece.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I was recently surprised to find this novel on one of my shelves; I saw the movie adaptation of the novel recently but did not remember owning the actual book. The movie was full of promise but ultimately disappointing, so I was pretty curious to see how good a read the actual novel was. Sphere is my first Michael Crichton novel, and I have to say I was quite impressed with Crichton's prowess. There are some logical flaws and inconsistencies in the plot, but Crichton is an incredibly gifted storyteller; I eagerly breezed through this novel in short order. While it is heavy on dialogue, the story touches on a number of aspects of the human personality while mixing in some profound if problematic science fiction in the process. This is a fast-paced thriller that definitely registers impressively on the suspense meter, particularly during the climactic late chapters. While the ending is something of a letdown, the story leading up to it is gripping and fascinating, and important clues and plot points are presented with much more subtlety and effectiveness than what you will find in the movie adaptation.
The novel is built around an incredible discovery; in the middle of the South Pacific, lying all but buried on the bottom of the ocean, rests a spacecraft of unknown origin. Psychologist Norman Johnson, the author of a secret government paper on Recommendations for the Human Contact Team to Interact with Unknown Life Forms (a less than serious paper he wrote primarily for the money) is called to the site, where he is informed that he will be part of a team of scientists sent to study the mysterious craft. Alongside him are an irascible Navy project commander, a brilliant, young astrophysicist/planetary geologist, a complicated female zoologist/biochemist, and a noted mathematician/logician.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't bother with the film. 10 July 2009
The film version of this made me angry-it was awful.

As for the book. I couldn't put it down I read it in two sittings. I found it tense and quite scary. I am not usually scared by books but this was so eery and an absolutely fascinating story.

I swear at times I was holding my breath.

Very imaginative well written and thoroughly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 18 Oct 1999
By A Customer
The book is well written. Crichton is a very talented writer and this book is one of his best. For other fans of this book, I would recommend another of his books entitled "Airframe".
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner 21 Feb 2004
You've got to give it to Michael Crichton: he writes one heck of a page-turner. Open one of his books with the idea that you'll just read a chapter or two before bedtime and you'll suddenly be bleary-eyed at three in the morning. And although this particular title is somewhat less well known than such Crichton novels as THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and JURASSIC PARK, it still packs a bestseller wallop.
The premise is classic Crichton. In his younger days, psychologist Norman Johnson was approached by the United States government to write a report on the psychological impact of an encounter with extra-terrestrials--and now, on the basis of his rather flippant recommendations, he finds himself en route to a possible UFO crash sight on the floor of the Pacific ocean. Once established with his colleges in an underwater habitat, the government team encounters a mysterious space craft that contains a still-more mysterious sphere, and those who come into contact with it undergo an unexpected change.
The writing is crisp and clean, the hard science is handled quite skillfully, and Crichton plays out his story at a breathless pace: yes, a page-turner if ever there was one. Still, it is worth noting that SPHERE displays Crichton's weaknesses as clearly as it does his strengths. Strictly speaking, Crichton hasn't had an original concept in some thirty years, and just as he rehashed his screenplay for WESTWORLD into the novel JURASSIC PARK, so does he rehash THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN into SPHERE. The novel also contains both the foundational sexism and ambiguous conclusion so typical of Crichton's work.
Ultimately, SPHERE is popcorn: we've all had it before and you can't make a truly satisfying meal of it. But it is tremendously enjoyable all the same, and where is SPHERE is concerned... well, you'll eat every kernal in the bowl.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Really poor read and terrible treatment of women
If you fancy a bit of misogyny and amateur psychology nonsense, this is the book for you.
Published 20 days ago by D. Shell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beach holiday read though
Very interesting plot though not one of his most engaging novels, in my opinion. Good for a beach holiday read though.
Published 24 days ago by ADAM WHITEHOUSE
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting & Well Written Story
I have read a few other books by this author and was not disappointed with this one. Intriguing and well paced plot, clever without being too difficult for those like me who only... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charlotte Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Crichton
An excellent book told from the point of view of a clinical psychologist, giving us extra insight into the characters and the situation they find themselves in, and going on to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Nugent
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good but fell flat
THis was a brilliant book, but in my opinion was a bit of a let down at the end. I found the whole book quite exciting, but the ending, while tying up loose ends, felt a little... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. SAVILLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great
A middling story that was technically fine but never gripped me. I don't begrudge the money, but do regret the time.
Published 6 months ago by Tewks
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Very much in the vein of "The Andromeda Strain", this book is quite intriguing and challenges the reader to work out the mystery of the book itself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tralfamadore
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!
I love Michael Crichton as he never fails to deliver the sci-fi goods and this book didn't disappoint me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zomb13k113rsGrl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good techno thriller from the Master
Enjoyable yarn from the Master of the technological thriller. I think I have seen the film of this with Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L Jackson which was a flop at the box office.
Published 9 months ago by Graham Small
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking !!!
VINTAGE Michael Crichton, great pace to the story interesting characters and a superb plot.In my view he is one of the greats.
Published 12 months ago by robbiee
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