A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination, Sphere is Crichton prime - truly masterful fiction from the ingenious mind that brought us Prey, State of Fear, and Jurassic Park.
Sphere was made into a film directed by Barry Levinson, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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"Ingenious and beguiling." (Time)
"Sphere be Crichton's best novel, but even if it ranked only second or third, it would be a must for suspense fans." (i>Miami Herald)
Interesting story ruined by overuse of the word "said".
Sounds silly and might not be as noticeable when reading the book, but when someone is narrating it to you it becomes very noticeable and annoying. After every bit of dialogue the author uses "said" . Never "ted asked" or "Beth suggested" "Harry quipped " "Norman gasped" etc ... Just "Said"
During conversations between two or more people it is almost unbearable-
TED SAID!!! Wouldn't be as bad if the guys name wasn't Ted!
I started calling the book "what Ted said" out of frustration. Honestly how this was overlooked by the editors is beyond me.
It's my first Crichton book and it will be my last I think. I was expecting better from someone as lauded as him but I found the below GCSE English level of the overuse of "said" to be very poor and unimaginative, if the narrator hadn't done a decent job of putting some life into the characters words then you wouldn't get a feel of how the characters were talking at all.
As mentioned, the book has a very interesting plot, let down by some strange choices to make the scientists come across as smart one minute and quite dumb the next ( scientist studying marine life , knows a lot about snakes but didn't know who Medusa was ) and the unimaginative, emotionless and lazy use of "said"
Nothing anybody does makes any sense. There are long, pointless, circular conversations, but unfortunately Crichton doesn't know any verb to indicate speech other than 'said.'
There's no real tension, no real insight into characters' motivations, and no satisfactory explanation for their irrational actions.
Don't read any further if you don't want to know anything about the plot......
The first few chapters were reasonably intriguing, but then it just descended into a dull mixture of Captain Nemo and Forbidden Planet, with direct references to Captain Nemo in the plot, perhaps to make us think we weren't actually imaging it.
Did the best he could, but with a fixed way of authoring a conversation between two or more people (as mentioned by a previous reviewer), there's only so much you can do to make 'Bill said then Fred said and then Bill said and then Fred said' sound interesting.
It wasn't that long.
What happens when the U.S. Navy assemble a group of misfit scientists to investigate a mysterious crash in the depths of the Pacific? And why have they invited Norman, a psychologist who specializes in trauma victims, when there are clearly no survivors?
The consummately professional Scott Brick reads this wonderful Michael Crichton classic, filled with thought-provoking science, drama, action and suspense. Crichton gives the scientists believable characters which illustrate their chosen fields of interest, from cryptography to marine biology. And of course, Norman's area of expertise: human psychology in situations of severe stress...
"Exciting even if you've seen the movie"
I'm going to admit that I committed the ultimate sin and read the book because I enjoyed the movie rather than vice versa. Even though I knew the basic story I found the book suspenseful and exciting. The characters are better developed and more three dimensional in the book. Their motives were more understandable and their characters were more diverse.
Even though I will always enjoy the movie I feel like it did the book a disservice. The book gives more scientific explanation. The characters are more intelligent. Those touches made the whole world feel more believable. They were trapped for a reason. The manifestations all happened for a reason. The giant squid was a character in the book rather than a plot device. I loved it.
"THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH HARRY"
NOT THE UNDERWATER HOLIDAY INN
Crichton, underwater habitat, space ship, STUPID ALIEN, black hole, time travel, giant squid, conspiracies, and a plethora of science talk, what more do you want? I am pretty sure you could not cram more Science Fiction goodness in one book and keep it so good. I loved the movie (with Dustin Hoffman), which is a little different and has great special effects and is very scary and I love the book. Very entertaining and like all Crichton books, you will learn something. This is a must read for anyone who wants to be considered well read in the Science Fiction Field. Scott Brick does a wonderful job.
Written by Michael Crichton way back in the mid 1980s, this unabridged audiobook edition was released in 2015 and is narrated by Scott Brick - about thirteen hours of listening.
If you’re looking for a written duplication of the movie, this is not gonna work for you! Although trite, I’ll say "The book is better."… and Hollywood’s twist completely messes with the story.
In a plot similar to Crichton’s Andromeda Strain, written in 1969, a diverse group of scientific people are brought together to what they all believe to be a plane crash in the mid-Pacific. A biologist, mathematician, astrophysicist, etc., in addition to Norman - the group psychologist and the lead character of Sphere, are tasked with determining what happened - and they are soon to understand, determining what exactly rests 1000 feet below the surface, since it is not an airplane. Crichton even repeats the physical examinations required to handle the sea habitats of Sphere as apposed to the bio-habitat of the Andromeda Strain. Albeit completely different stories, these initial fundamentals are virtually identical.
Sphere is a decent SciFi, written with the somewhat pedestrian style of Crichton. Not earth shattering prose, just good storytelling that will hold your attention. If you like SciFi or if you like Michael Crichton, you’ll enjoy. Author of such mega-hits as Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton died in 2008. His books are slowly moving into the SciFi classic category and are must reads for anyone interested in the genre. SciFi nerds will approve of considerable techno-babble detail and Crichton’s attempt at credibility.
Scott Brick does a terrific job, nice reading.
A fun listen.
"Every bit as underwhelming as the movie...."
Scott Brick was brilliant as always, but the story just didn't deliver. I saw the movie some 10 years ago, and thought it was a great idea that just didn't pan out. I figured it was a typical case of just being a bad adaptation of a highly touted novel. But no, the book just strings you along, making you think there would be this cool revelation about the sphere, only to give what feels like a cop out of an ending. I recommend pass on it.
"Fun sci-fi page-turner"
Very entertaining page-turner, it brings up interesting ideas about aliens, black holes, time travel. Mostly though it's about the characters and their struggles to deal with the menace and survive. Enjoyed it a lot.
"One of my favorite books ever!"
Never a boring moment. Scott of course is impeccable. A change from the ordinary.
I've listened to many of Scott Brick's reads. This is a ten for sure.
This is like a move. I hope to see one.
Off now to look for another Chricton book!
I made it about 5 hours in, just couldn't listen any more. Nothing happens, bunch of in fighting and boredom. Had to move on.
"Ok but not his best work"
This was written long ago for he has many in inaccuracies that could have used a little more research to make it seem more realistic. Anybody that has ever been scuba diving will understand this!
Here's a new drinking game, every time a character says "Jesus!" Take a shot. You will be trashed in a few chapters. The vocabulary was lacking and the "experts" that comprised the main characters seemed to be not much more than bumbling idiots for the majority of the story. I finished the book only to get my money's worth, but I won't waste the time again. This was disappointing because I enjoyed Chrichton's Jurassic Park series very much. If I had to sum up the experience in one word it would be *annoying*.
"20,000 leagues under the Sea with the Sphere"
I don't remember the depth of the lab but it was deep and what happened there was strange and left you guessing till the very end. I don't think that this is one of Crichton's greatest pieces but it is brings up powerful fears for readers. The ocean isn't very well understood in places and the imagination can be even stranger. When the two come together you get a wild ride into the unknown and left helpless while the characters are struggling. Great book if a little weird.
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