Michael Crichton; Judith Ivey Congo

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From Michael Crichton, bestselling author of Jurassic Park and The Lost World and creator of the television series ER, comes a fantastic tale deep in the heart of the Congo.

An eight-person field expedition dies mysteriously and brutally in a matter of minutes . . . a gruesome video transmission of that ill-fated teams reveals a grainy, moving image of a dark, blurred shape . . .

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with a 620 "sign" vocabulary and a fondness for finger painting.  her recent drawing matches, with stunning accuracy, the frayed, brittle pages of a Portuguese print painting dating back to 1642 - a drawing of an ancient lost city.  Immediately, a new expedition is sent into the Congo, descending into a secret world where the only way out may be through the grisliest death . . .

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If you saw the 1995 film adaptation of this Crichton thriller, somebody owes you an apology. While you're waiting for that to happen, try reading the vastly more intelligent novel on which the movie was based. The broad lines of the plot remain the same: A research team deep in the jungle disappears after a mysterious and grisly gorilla attack. A subsequent team, including a sign-language-speaking simian named Amy, follows the original team's tracks only to be subjected to more mysterious and grisly gorilla attacks. If you can look past the breathless treatment of '80s technology, like voice-recognition software and 256K RAM modules (the book was written in 1980), you'll find the same smart use of science and edge-of-your-seat suspense shared by Crichton's other work. --Paul Hughes

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Michael Crichton was born in Chicago and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University.  He paid his way through medical school by writing pseudonymous thrillers, one of which (A Case of Need, 1968) won an Edgar Award. By the time he graduated, Crichton had already written a bestseller (The Andromeda Strain, 1969) and sold it to Hollywood. He then pursued postgraduate studies at the Salk Institute in California before taking up writing full time.   Michael Crichton is married and lives in Los Angeles.

Airframe, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Eaters of the Dead, Rising Sun, Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, and The Terminal Man, by Michael Crichton are all available from Random House AudioBooks.

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Judith Ivey's film credits include Alice, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and In Country.  She starred on television in Designing Women.  She has previously read How to Make an American Quilt for Random House AudioBooks.

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