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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  131,495 Ratings  ·  2,228 Reviews
From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Congo comes a psychological thriller about a group of scientists who investigate a spaceship discovered on the ocean floor.

In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a huge vessel is unearthed. Rushed to the scene is a team of American scientists who descend together into the depths to investigate
371 pages
Published (first published 1987)
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Jeffrey As with most (if not all) of Crichton's novels, it's a thriller. I found this one had a little bit of a slower pace, but I believe it pays off with…moreAs with most (if not all) of Crichton's novels, it's a thriller. I found this one had a little bit of a slower pace, but I believe it pays off with some really interesting ideas and twists.(less)
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Dec 07, 2007 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in 1993, after reading Jurassic Park (see review of that book HERE), I was like in Crichton-mode actived! ;)

So, my next novel had to be by Michael Crichton!

I went to the bookstore and this one was the first book that I checked and after reading the premise, I found it promising. ;)

So, I bought it and started to read it.


Since the beginning I was in shock amalgamated with happiness since the style and mood of the novel was astonishing good. (Of course, by then I hadn't read yet Th
Jun 20, 2007 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7th graders and anyone else
First, an overlong apologist's review of Michael Crichton. Then, a very short review of Sphere.

(Life update: I am procrastinating).

In my opinion, you can only truly rate a Michael Crichton book by a) the depth and originality of the concept and b) the lucidity of the monologue/essay that will always occur, usually as a rant from some broken visionary genius or another, approx. 4/5 of the way through the book.

Rating Michael Crichton on his prose, either its subtlety or execution, is sort of po

I had some idea what to expect when I picked up the late Michael Crichton's sci-fi thriller Sphere because I'd seen the movie years ago -- a movie I love by the way despite a lot of lambasting from the critics and grumbling from the book's fans. Sure it isn't perfect (with its moments of cheese and flubs); nevertheless, the exciting, chilling core of Crichton's story is evident and for me the film still stands as a great example of escapist cinema, that mesmerizing addictive blend of science fic
Joe Valdez
Bullet points seem appropriate when it comes to Sphere, the 1987 science fiction thriller by Michael Crichton. One of the qualities about Crichton's work that I love is the unabashed clarity of his concepts and the dependable navigation of his novels. Crichton doesn't seem like he's lost or should stop to ask for directions. Other writers--those with loftier creative ambitions, perhaps--tend to circle around ideas (like mankind's first contact with extraterrestrials) as if they've never been in ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Well... that was very strange.

This book is a combination of psychological thriller and science fiction. It follows a group of scientists as they investigate what is thought to be an alien vessel that crashed on the ocean floor.

Crichton's musings have a tendency to be deeply speculative of the human condition, but without using language that alienates the audience. I can follow his line of thinking easily without getting lost.

This novel's plot takes a sharp left turn off the path I expected it t
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Well, I had no idea there was a Sphere book. I only saw the movie and thought that was it. Not to mention that the book is written by the same author as Jurassic Park.

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. An
Jan 28, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this when I was in high school, and was one of the few times I've been up nearly all night reading, saying to myself every hour, "I need to go to sleep," but then couldn't put it down. The movie adaptation was atrocious, so don't judge this story based on the film (I always pictured Ted Knight in the role of Ted, not Liev Schreiber [though Mr Schreiber is a talented actor]). The story has a very tense, claustrophobic feel, and rightly so, as the characters are trapped at the bottom of the o ...more
Ashley Chua
2.5 stars. Was debating whether to give it a 2.5 or a 3, with the number changing throughout the book. Man, this was... Lukewarm? Lackluster? Disappointing, definitely.

What I liked
• Interesting premise that held my attention up until the middle of the book, where improbable things start happening and Crichton failed to make them feel real
• Slightly dry, witty style of writing, but again, made the dialogue really unrealistic

What I didn't like
• Terribly written characters. Crichton really overd
Richard Vialet
I'm reading Nick Cutter's upcoming horror novel The Deep right now and it's reminded me of how much I enjoyed Sphere, Michael Crichton's best novel. It was my favorite book when I was a kid. I remember what a page-turner it was and how much the tension kept ratcheting up until it was unbearable. I remember the plot being extremely clever as well, and how much of it was dependent on less of the sci-fi aspects and more on the characters themselves. I read it so much when I was younger, the book fe ...more
Murf the Surf
Sep 17, 2016 Murf the Surf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you all remember how great the Andromeda Strain was and how us baby boomers were hooked therefore on Crichton's future endeavors, however unscientific and implausible his writings became? Being a science, SciFi, and computer geek, I ate up any dish he served. I believe many of you were not that impressed today with his writing, and have missed a lot because of the movies instead. I truly enjoyed this book and could easily see how a movie would be made someday in the future. Since this review ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
One of the first books I ever read, and will always hold a big place in my heart. There's always room for (view spoiler).
Oct 20, 2008 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is awsome!!!!!!!!!!
Executive Summary: A strong start and a pretty strong finish, but I found a lot of the last quarter or so on the slow side. This is a pretty solid 3.5 stars that could be rounded up or down depending on my mood at the time.

Audiobook: Apparently this book had been released in audio before, but for some reason Brilliance Audio seems to be (re)releasing a bunch of his books recently. Scott Brick does his usual quality job. Whenever you see Mr. Brick's name on an audiobook, you know you're going to
Michael Crichton had some amazing ideas, as pretty much all the blurbs on his books catch my interest. But, and that's a big "but", the writing is terrible. Sphere is heavy on dialogue, flat characters, and sensational action scenes. It's obvious that Crichton's true calling was screenplay writing, and so far all of the books that I've read by him were made into movies. He often wrote about interesting and very much possible technologies, but I so wish his execution was better. Nevertheless, thi ...more
Feb 20, 2008 Victor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemies
Words cannot express the contempt I harbor for this book.
My hatred for it knows no boundries. There are few pieces of literature that I cannot come to appreciate in some way, even fewer that compel me to demand the time back that I spent reading it so that I may do something more productive like piss on the third rail.

It was rather suprising, considering Michael Crichton has published some excellent work. I guess he pulled this one out of his ass while drunk/high/stoned/oncrack/bordering on suic
Jan 28, 2017 ade_reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nyesel banget baca buku ini :(
Nyesel gak baca dari dulu! :'( :'( :'(
Karena ternyata, ide dan jalan ceritanya bagus. Suka banget!. Science fistion, mistery and thriller. What’s better than that? What's not to love? This is a really great book. This my first super favorite of 2017. Excellent!

Norman Johnson (53 tahun), sebagai seorang psikolog, ia biasa dipanggil pada saat terjadi kecelakaan pesawat untuk menangani kondisi mental para korban yang selamat. Hal semacam itulah yang ada dipikiran
aPriL does feral sometimes
'Sphere' by Michael Crichton is a superior read in science fiction entertainment! The moments of ROTF are many, primarily because of the intentionally funny dialogue which I adored. (In my checkered history of trying to make a living, I worked as a secretary for a Department Head at a Medical Center/Science facility at a famous University. Science investigators ARE remarkably territorial, argumentative and viciously competitive.) I also was fascinated by the protocols the author mentions that ha ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Lowed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very entertaining, despite the flawed writing and flat characters. The sci-fi storyline kept me turning the pages even though a part of my brain was questioning the lack of explanation and the implausibility of much of the non-sci-fi aspects of the story. A sort of popcorn flick only in book form...with lots of butter, but still a little burnt.
Cathy (cathepsut)
Definitely better than the movie, which was crap despite some great cast members. Pretty typical mystery/thriller/angst, scientists trapped in a submerged station on the ocean floor, faced wit a sunken not-spoiling-you and scary things happening...
Jan 11, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I really loved this book when I read it as a teenager. Too bad the movie version sucked.
L'abisso come scenario per scendere nella cripta della mente, luogo che mostra il lato oscuro, ma di cui è necessario prendere coscienza per riequilibrare la propria personalità nelle sue manifestazioni interiori ed esterne.
Crichton prende come tema il concetto di Ombra secondo la Psicologia Analitica di C.G.Jung e ne ricava un thriller psicologico con caratteristiche iniziatiche, verso la scoperta di sè sconosciuti sempre in agguato quando le condizioni ambientali scatenano all'improvviso situa
Will M.
Never dreaded any chapter, and that's pretty rare for me. I mostly just browse through a chapter of a book because it becomes boring or seem useless to me. Sphere on the other hand was very consistent, consistent with suspense. You never know what could happen next and there were a lot of twists in the story.

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I liked this book but it wasn't what I was expecting. Crichton books that I have read so far have always been firmly in the scientific world, I feel this one branched out a little. Thats not a bad thing, just not expected. As with most of his books the pace is fast and you feel like one thing after another happens without letting you catch your breath. The characters are believably flawed and human, no perfect hero's or villains which is nice.
If I could change one thing about the book it would
Jun 13, 2008 Zatchmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A team of people have been called to a ship in the middle of the ocean. No one knows why they have been called, or exactly where they are. All they have been told, is that something has been discovered under the sea. As the team embarks on their journey, they wonder what they will find, and why all the secrecy? Soon, they will find out.

Michael Chrichton has done it again! Although this particular peice of work may not be as believable as his other novels, it exceeds his other books in thrill, a
Ed G
Jul 11, 2007 Ed G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crichton fans, adventure fans, mystery fans
All I'm going to say about Crichton is that he has a knack for what I call the "miracle ending". In one summer I read Congo, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery and Sphere. I felt the same about each of them when I finished each.

He's a very good writer with captivating storylines, dead on science, compelling plot and in depth characters, but...I feel like he gets tired of writing the same story or can't properly tie things together at the end so he has som
Nikki (Nyx)
Very interesting read. As always love the balance of technical info and science talk with the narrative and tense story. Norman was an interesting character. I also really liked the way the various characters confusion and thought process was conveyed in the novel.
Candy Atkins
Nov 16, 2016 Candy Atkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Michael Crichton book. It completely freaked me out. I read it in one night because I couldn't put it down. If you saw the movie the book is sooo much better!!
Jan 11, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book until the end. The end, though! OH MY GOD THE END. So terrible. So utterly terrible.
Jul 07, 2010 mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Crichton and The Law of Attraction
Shelves: favorites
The Sphere (1987) is Michael Crichton’s metaphor for his own mind. The novel preceded Travels (1989); Crichton’s autobiographical work that attempted to explain himself and his beliefs. The plot of Sphere, the characters, the style, the action, the setting, the monsters, the technology, the science are all mostly irrelevant. Nevertheless, that’s what people focus on. And that is Crichton’s conclusion—that people, humans, do not want, and cannot, function effectively if they (we) truly engage the ...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Dougla ...more
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