From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere, comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro.
Fueled by a powerful curiosity - and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up - Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling - swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels - an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.
For Michael Crichton, being a Harvard-trained physician, the author of two bestsellers, and a movie director is not enough. It is, he resolves, time to travel. From swimming with sharks in Tahiti to psychic experiences in the American desert, Crichton records his exhilarating quest through the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world.
©1958 Michael Crichton and © 2014 by Taylor Crichton's Family Trust (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., for permission to reprint an excerpt from "The Way In" from The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated from the German by Robert Bly. © 1981 by Robert Bly. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.
Given the title and description, I was expecting a series of excellent anecdotes about the author's travels. In fact the first part of the book is the story of his medical training which was interesting, the rest of the book was split between some entertaining anecdotes about his travel and experiences and a large number of stories about his exploration of the mystical which were much less interesting and, more importantly, not what I was expecting.
"Not what I expected"
Not at all what I was expecting but had very interesting stories. You for sure need to be a big MC fan to enjoy this. I am so it worked out.
"Only for the most dedicated fans of Crichton"
The book does not even remotely resemble Crichton books. The first chapters are OK. However, it seems that there is a lot more to say about Crichton and it is a pity that Crichton did not say it himself.
"Very very interesting."
The memories and musings of a sharp and enquiring mind and a life rich with experiences. Inspiring and thoughtful.
"Some excellent bits but too much woo woo."
I really loved the start of this book. However toward the end I started skipping chapters it both got a little boring and it started to spin off into woo woo.
Toward the middle of the book Michael starts to describe how he became to believe in spiritualist and bends spoons. That's a bit over the top for me.
However worth a listen as there is at least 6 hours of quality audio.
"Terrific performance from Christopher Lane"
Great book. I've read it several times, but this was the first audio version. Christopher Lane does an incredible performance. Highly recommend!
"Great book, one I plan to listen to many times"
I really enjoyed the stories about his medical school, travels and life.
This a good listen for fans of the author, travelers and medicine folks.
"A fun trip"
A great way to get to know Michael Crichton, and his human peculiarities. Good read.
"So good. Thank you Mr Crichton for sharing this."
The narration was excellent. Crichton delivers again. The purchase of this audiobook is worth every penny.
"A Little Different"
This book didn't catch my interest at the begining, but since I love Crichton's books I stuck with it. After a while I didn't want to stop listening. I thought the narrator was going to ruin the book as he appeared to be in monotone, but again he captured the dry sense of humor that is throughout the book. All in all I loved this book.
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