Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.
Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies - all motionless except for one moving image - a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.
In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642...a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition - along with Amy - is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death.....
Congo was adapted to the screen and directed by Frank Marshall.
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This is undoubtedly better that the movie but the narrator is not very good at a male voice and would have been better not trying.
There are far too many tangent details that happened in 79-80 which of course is a product of the time it was written. But the details the author goes into takes too much away from the story path and I found that I would lose concentration of the story and got bored. I liked the story but not all the technical details given.
THAT'S A B8 PROBLEM
Written in 1980, Crichton was just getting his feet wet. This is a mass amount of facts and figures. While some of these tidbits of information are interesting, the book as a whole is lacking. No character development, with the exception of Amy the Gorilla. The story was not compelling. You want to skip this one.
"Fantastic - better the second time around"
I originally read this 20 years ago and have recently started re-listening to Michael Crichton books this year. Congo is one of the best books, in my opinion, that Crichton ever wrote. Great character development, realistic mix of science / fantasy, and steady plot development.
I really liked the story. The narrator did a decent job, although it took some effort to get through the male voices. Definitely worth it, however.
"Good not Great"
I found this particular novel from Crichton to be less interesting that the others of his that I have read. The story itself was good, and it had his scientific details that really help to absorb the reader into a world where the events are actually taking place. But the story seems to be a ton of build up to about 50 pages (or about an hour) of rap-up. The story seems to focus most of its content on the preparation and trip to the Congo, and falls a little flat there. The technology discussed is particularly interesting to me, but I can see it further discouraging other readers. I would recommend it, and I will likely read/listen-to it again, but before you dive in, manage your expectations. This will likely not end up on your top 100.
I enjoyed this book a lot, the performance was actually quite good. My problem is that for me, it's difficult to hear a female narrator performing as a male, it just doesn't sound right. I compare it to my wife trying to sound like a man, she just can't do it - no matter how hard she tries. This was the same for me. I was able to finish it, and really loved it overall.
It was good just not great, I can't quite put my finger on it but it was missing something.
"Iteresting read with great narration"
Really liked the narrator, she was very even and did a good job of making the long explanations that while interesting, are not blended into the story line very well, more enjoyable to listen to.
Fascinating story that was very well researched of course which helps blend the science and fiction seamlessly.
"Narration could be better."
Ms Wheelan has difficulty voicing the male characters. The one character, Peter Elliott, sounds like a teenage Christopher Gray from 50 shades of gray. if the narration was split between a male and a female narrator it would've been better. Also, the story was took short and somewhat shallow with not very deep character development.
This is another case of me having watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie of this when I was younger and particularly loved Amy, so went into the audio hopeful!
While I thoroughly enjoyed this, I forgot how technical and bogged down in jargon Crichtons writing can be. When you get down to the story, it's fast paced and gripping, but add in all the jargon and we get a good story instead of a great one!
Julia Whelan was as good as always! I find I always enjoy her narration and this is no different. She made a great Amy and is just effortless with her storytelling.
The movie reviews were horrible. But Crichton stories are always interesting. I thought the story was great. Definitely worth the listen.
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