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3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  132,210 Ratings  ·  1,557 Reviews
The search for diamonds, a crucial scientific breakthrough and a mythical ruined city set off this adventure into the heart of the Congolese jungle.

The American expedition is led by Karen Ross, desperate to find her husband and recover the data he found before he disappeared. But there are other teams trying to get there first, and the way is strewn with life-threatening d
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published September 1994 by Arrow (first published 1980)
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mark monday
Feb 29, 2012 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blood-and-danger
i'm having a little trouble with myself right now. i just gave this one 4 stars and Inner-Snob Mark is getting very twitchy, almost trigger-happy, ready to take control of my favorite hand and bump this one down to 3 stars. never fear, i have a tight rein on Inner-Snob Mark and have carefully compartmentalized him away tonight. but he does have a few good points. my God, i gave the timeless classic The Last Unicorn 3 stars. i gave Room - which wrecked me emotionally and had me crying like someon ...more
Michael Fierce
Aug 24, 2012 Michael Fierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cryptid adventures and for those who love giant apes & gorillas

First off, I've always gone bananas over books and movies that have giant apes & big gorillas in them, going way back to when I was a kid, particularly with movie classics like, King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, that were a blast for me and my brother to watch together.

Reading books and watching movies about big apes helps me reconnect with those experiences I will always hold dear to me.

I've been going ape over everything & anything simian fiction-related ever since.

When I first saw the
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتابِ 302 صفحه ای، داستانی بسیار مهیج و معمایی دارد و البته در دلِ خود اطلاعاتی را در مورد طبیعت و نوع زندگی و قبایل و حیوانات آفریقایی، بخصوص مربوط به منطقه جنگلی «کنگو»، جای داده است
داستان در مورد یک تیم تحقیقاتی میباشد که به دنبال یک شهر افسانه ای به نام «زینج» در «کنگو» میروند که میدانند سرشار از الماس و گنجینه های بسیار است و هرکه به آنجا قدم نهاده زنده بازنگشته است
در طول داستان این گروه به همراه گوریلی به نام «امی» که با زبان اشاره سخن میگوید، اتفاق های عجیبی را تجربه
Dec 26, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Crichton's work should be considered the epitome of geek literature (AKA science fiction, genre fiction, or speculative fiction), but was somehow embraced by the mainstream -- so much so that even if the academic crowd doesn't take him very seriously, Crichton still addressed Congress. Genre fiction is such a dismissive term, so Crichton was given his own genre: it's not geek; it's a "techno thriller."

Congo, published in 1980, has all of Crichton's geekiest motifs, including a heroine wh
Jul 08, 2007 Cpd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whativeread
I saw this on Chris' list and it triggered an old, funny memory. Now, I did read this book -- back in high school I went through a Michael Crichton phase and his books being as they are, I managed to read through his -- dare I say oevure? -- in a summer (don't recall which summer, tho')

The odd memory that Chris triggered however, has to to do with the movie Congo. I had a good friend in high school, wonderful fella, still a great friend. About the time we were seniors, he started dating -- or as
Vimal Thiagarajan
Aug 06, 2016 Vimal Thiagarajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seriously good techno-thriller which had me wondering for the most part. Of course, it being written in the eighties not all of the technology that Crichton uses to construct the story are still relevant, but their canny placement in the narrative to resolve tangles or deliver surprise twists was simply too neat. The characters where typical thriller material - not sufficiently developed, but not boring either. Amy the talking Gorilla simply stood out, and I learned a good deal about the tropi ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Not bad in places...other times it's sort of a "puleez" book. Again Crichton has one that could have been better. The best I suppose I can say wasn't as lame as the movie. So full of PC political rhetoric it seemed to me that any story got lost.

************ Spoilers below Line ***********

(view spoiler)
Jun 20, 2015 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What did I think?

What did I think?!?

This book has:

-Talking monkeys
-Sinister Japanese businessmen
-Laser guns
-The actual phrase "laser gun"
-African revolutionaries
-Hippo attacks
-Blue diamonds
-Wildly inaccurate predictions about the future of supercomputing
-Speculation on the nature of language
-Gorillas bred to kill
-Milquetoast academics forced by circumstance into acts of badassery
-Sky-diving gorillas
-An ancient lost city called Zinj
-A volcanic eruption

and a flippin
Michael Sorensen
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Dec 02, 2013 Rade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
what could have been a great adventure book turned out to be a barely mediocre writing effort on behalf of Crichton. Not that it is bad, it was just boring for me. Even the scenes where they were attacked were pretty boring. I know the author tends to dedicate a big portion of the book on background research but in this case I just did not care much for any of it.

I felt the ending might be building up to something big but it got resolved in what seemed like to be a page or two. I felt let down.
Bodosika Bodosika
'The more experience and insight I obtain into human nature, the more convinced do o become that the greater portion of a man is purely animal'-Henry Morton Stanley,1887.
Only prejudice, and a trick of the Mercator's projection, prevents us from recognizing the enormity of the African continent.Covering nearly twelve million square miles,Africa is almost as large as North America and Europe combined. It is nearly twice the size of South America. As we mistake its dimensions,we also mistake
Ramkumar  R
A science fiction novel by Michael Crichton.It is about an expedetion investigating the mysterious deaths of a previous expedition in the dense rain forest of is a fairly realistic story (other than the trained killer apes aspect of course). There was much research put into this novel and if you have any interest on the subjects that Crichton tries to educate us on, you may be interested.
3.0 stars. Not his best book but much better than the movie made it appear to be. Overall, a decent read.
Oct 03, 2016 Sud666 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Congo was written in 1980 by Michael Crichton. With a few, very minor details (such as gushing over how awesome it is to have a comuter with 256K memory) this is a tale that reads very well to this day.

In 1979, due to the increasing demands of the computer industry there were a large number of companies that were seeking to find industrial grade diamonds, as opposed to the jewelry type of diamonds. Specifically they were looking for Type IIb boron-coated blue diamonds used to build a variety of
Crichton is not the most subtle when it comes to foreshadowing. I enjoyed this but wasn't impressed. The ending was full of action and somehow anti-climactic at the same time.
However, I do recommend it to fans of techno-thrillers.
Benjamin Stahl
A Heartbreak Hipster Review

Congo is definitely the most boring and disappointing Crichton book I have read so far.


That's right, nineties Dad. It was boring.

I had expected this one to be rather silly, but also fun. I haven't seen the movie, and I can't say I'm in any hurry to do so, either. The only thing I did know about this book, was that it involved a talking gorilla, a bunch of scientists, and an unknown species of hostile primates.


Fucking horrible creatures. But gorillas are okay.


Apr 22, 2016 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael Crichton fans
This was a thrilling adventure, and Crichton gave the story a deal of credibility by interjecting so much scientific and technological detail into it (view spoiler). Additionally, the characters tasked with finding the lost city of Zinj -- expedition leader Karen Ross, mercenary Charles Munro, gorilla expert Peter Elliot, and of course, female gorilla Amy -- were very well developed considering how fast the story moved and ...more
Enjoyed this immensely! I have vague recollections of the movie, group goes to the Congo, take a communicating gorilla, bad gorillas attack, volcanic eruptions and Tim Curry haha but the book is so much better. I loved the amount of detail, the science parts, the historical parts and the 'atmosphere' that the author evoked of being in the Congo, brilliant!
Mar 01, 2015 Farhad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
an outdated sci-fi is never a good written sci-fi. as an IT expert it was such a pain reading through false promises of technology and some how bold yet compeletly wrong & dumb visions of future.
of course as usual with Crichton, he just can't seem to finish his books properly, so yes, another totally underwhelming ending. strongly not recommended for reading.
Mar 13, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Amy good gorilla! Amy good gorilla! Yikes. The book is NOT that much more intelligent. The only thing worse was the movie. Starring Laura Linney. Go figure.
Mar 19, 2008 Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book,
but don't read under this or it will ruin the story for you.

This book takes place in many continents starting in the USA. First with an American team of ERTS who search for important geological parts of the earth for which they can extract important minerals or deposits. They have anonymous companies hire them to retrieve these resources that they need in neutral and allied countries. In this book Congo they are searching for type 11b Diamonds with a boron coating on them.
Ah Congo. You are Joe's first Crichton (you never forget your first), and a god in the pantheon of semi-sciency adventures. Swashbuckling and debonair, you seamlessly blend "When Apes Attack" with "If I Could Talk With the Animals," and we are mightily entertained.

Stuck in O'Hare (again, shocker), I bought me another Crichton book to wile away the hours. I think this may become something of a tradition, as Jurassic Park was purchased in the same terminal H bookstore and with the same raging weat
Feb 13, 2013 Ruben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Congo wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it seems to read like a typical Crichton book: Lots of detailed build-up; a climax that comes and goes faster than a Kardashian marriage/divorce; perfunctory wrap-up; acknowledgements.

So far, the books I’ve read of Crichton’s get me excited with intriguing concepts and storylines, but then leave me feeling that he didn’t do as much as he could have with the “ingredients” he had in place.

[spoiler alert…but do you really need the alert after this many
Apr 08, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
would have given this book five stars but i've seen the movie which traumatized me with it's badness. although i literally finished the book in the parking lot of the theater the weekend it came out so it was very fresh in my mind and ready to be compared for all its shortcomings. was it fair to the movie? no. was it fair that they actually charged people to see that piece of *expletive deleted*? no. i say that makes us even. my problems with the book. not too many. it did what it wanted to do. ...more
Amy Wochos
Aug 27, 2008 Amy Wochos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would give 1/2 a star if I could. He gets that simply because he managed to get words on paper. I have never hated a book so much in my life. I was actually angry at it throughout, but kept going hoping it would get better. I thought it was ridiculous, had bad character development and a boring plot. I can't believe they even THOUGHT to make it a movie, but am not surprised that stunk as well. It is a credit to Mr. Chrichton, however, that it made me realize how good his other books have been. ...more
Scimmie parlanti e agguati nella giungla.

Non ai livelli del cult "Jurassic park", ma ugualmente capace di avvincere il lettore con il solito, felice, bilanciamento fra la parte di intrattenimento e quella meramente scientifica.
Ben riuscita l'interazione fra lo scienziato Peter e la gorillessa Amy; meno interessanti gli altri personaggi, chiaramente asserviti alle esigenze di trama e mai realmente approfonditi.
Eccetto questa "freddezza" di fondo, l'opera risulta onesta e scorrevole.
Oct 06, 2015 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the most ridiculous book I've ever read
Asghar Abbas
Apes are smart, even without tampering of any kind, and humans, not so much.
Nov 28, 2013 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge me.

I read Jurassic Park as a kid and remember loving it since I didn't have the money to go see the movie when it first came out, but I was an undiscriminating twelve years old at the time. I felt the stirrings of adventure covering Stanley's escapades in Africa teaching imperialism and decided to give Congo a go, and man was I impressed. I don't think I fully appreciated Crichton's attention to scientific detail in anything I've ever read of his before. Congo tells a story that's at
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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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