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Jurassic Park

(Jurassic Park #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  792,036 ratings  ·  12,167 reviews
En esta espectacular novela, los dinosaurios vuelven a conquistar la Tierra. En una isla remota, un grupo de hombres y mujeres emprende una carrera contra el tiempo para evitar un desastre mundial provocado por la desmedida ambición de comercializar la ingeniería genética. Pero todos los esfuerzos resultarán vanos cuando el inescrupuloso proyecto quede fuera de control y e ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Plaza y Janes (first published November 7th 1990)
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Beverly Cooper This book blows the movie "out dah window!" It is definitely written for a more intelligent audience, especially Crichton's explanation of the "Chaos …moreThis book blows the movie "out dah window!" It is definitely written for a more intelligent audience, especially Crichton's explanation of the "Chaos Theory" and it's use in creating the, er, "dinosaurs..."
The book depicts the characters completely different than the movie does, in terms of their importance, personalities, relationships to the overall story and each other,etc. Actually, once you begin reading it, you may not be able to put it down literally - I know I couldn't... (less)
Erin The first time I read this book I was about 10. I remember learning some new words when I read it. I think a lot of it went over my head. I read it a …moreThe first time I read this book I was about 10. I remember learning some new words when I read it. I think a lot of it went over my head. I read it a second time now that I'm in my thirties, I would still let my younger self read it.(less)

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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Lesson from this book: Kids are annoying and will get you killed.

Ok I’m slightly exaggerating but have you noticed how frustrating children characters are during a crisis?

I’m sure they would be during the apocalypse or when being tracked by dinosaurs but I wanted to throw my phone at the wall a few times while reading this book.

With that said, I now have a new completely reasonable phobia, being eaten alive by a dinosaur.

Crichton did an amazing job at keeping me on my toes and completely stress
Miranda Reads

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“Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.”
Jurassic Park has all the major problems of a theme park, a zoo...and genetically altered prehistoric animals.

That's right - the dinosaurs are back from the dead and nothing - I repeat nothing - could go wrong...right?


As my favorite character, Ia
This is one of my favorite books of all time!!!

I was way excited back then, 20 years ago, about the movie (minus the controversial scene portraiting San José, Costa Rica with a beach in the middle of it). Trust me. I am from Costa Rica and I live precisely in San José and we don't have a dang beach around.

I am sure that Spielberg wouldn't do that kind of mistake if he'd need to portrait Paris, France, but a dang capital city in a third world country? Who cares?

Well, I care, I am from that pr
Wendy Darling
Rereading for obvious reasons. :D :D :D :D
Put me down for "liked the movie a little more." 


"But scientific power is like inherited wealth: attained without discipline. You read what others have done, and you take the next step. You can do it very young. You can make progress very fast. And because you can stand on the shoulders of giants, you can accomplish something quickly. You don’t even know exactly what you have done, but already you have reported it, patented it, and sold it."

Malcolm: Edge goes to movie for Ian, by the visual. Th
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star

So, straight to it. Jurassic Park, the book, is inimitable, apart from a few clumsy attempts. One thing that differentiated it from its wannabes is that, unlike books about sharks, snakes or let's say, zombies, dinosaurs come in very varied shapes. This means that the way the casualties meet their end is just as variable.

Michael Crichton props up his last act with inspired flair and experienced cunning. He knows that the action in this book will go only so far, just like last acts in an all o
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
❝ Discovery, they believe, is inevitable. So they just try to do it first. That's the game in science.❞
-------------- Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

❝ All the Dinosaurs feared the T-Rex❞
------ Wade Wilson, Deadpool (2016)

🎵Velociraptor, he’s gonna find ya
He’s gonna kill ya, he’s gonna eat ya 🎵
----- Velociraptor, Kasabian

Welcome..... to Jurassic Park's review

I remember back when I was a kid, my dad rented a VHS (yes, the legendary VHS was real, young ones) cassette of an English movie. I thin
Mario the lone bookwolf
This is one of Crichton's best novels, which varied widely in quality, and could be called part of the foundation of the Sci-Fi thriller genre with mainstream media adaptions and many great, new authors following in this footsteps.

Until the first hybrids, most novels of this genre were pure fiction with fantasy or Sci-Fi elements and analysis and criticism of society, until the first interdisciplinary approaches came and lead to today's milestones like the works of Suarez, Sakey, and others who
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, a-z-challenge, audio

Holy smokes y'all, I did not realize the amount of differences in the book vs the movie!

And yes, I love the book much more then the movie now.
I've seen the movie 10 million times but the book of Jurassic Park is more dark, gritty and so well done! Kudos Michael Crichton on writing a classic that will last forever.

I decided to do audio on Jurassic Park and Scott Brick was the narrator. I'm super picky on narrators for audio books and I felt he did a great job.


Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Shelves: audiobooks
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brad by: James Davie
I always seem to forget how good Jurassic Park is. I blast through it once every few years, throw it on my shelf and the distance slowly makes me derisive, and then something forces me to pick it up again when my brain needs a little peanut butter and jelly dipped in hot chocolate, and I am forced to admit that Jurassic Park is a damn fine novel.

Sure it's packed with Michael Crichton's usual band of screenplay-adaptation-friendly archetypes, sure it derives much of its plot and thought from Art
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
At the risk of offending what looks to be all my male goodreads friends who loved this (none of my female friends have read it, which is remarkable but probably not random), I couldn't finish it. It wasn't the multiple viewpoints or so-so prose, it was the science. I worked for awhile as an assistant paleontologist--field, prep, and curating--and I promise you, pretty much everything in the first 50 pages on this topic is wrong. I wasn't loving the book anyway, and kept finding random factual er ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jurassic park: a novel (Jurassic Park #1), Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park is a 1990 science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton, divided into seven sections (iterations). A cautionary tale about genetic engineering, it presents the collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its real world implications. A sequel titled The Lost World, also written by Crichton, was published in 1995.

In 1989, a series of
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It all begins with a billionaire who has a big imagination and a lot of spare money lying around. By
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Hey, did y'all know they made a movie out of this one?

Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
I love, love, love the amount of research put into the science. As a bio nerd, I love that it built off possibilities and expanded into something intense and thrilling.

But the characters were a little one-dimensional? Like they just existed to push the plot forward? And maybe it’s just because the movie handles tension SO well... this didn’t seem to? (You don’t have to stop and explain the science WHILE the Raptors are attacking, mkay?)

It’s possible I procrastinated reading this for my m
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
As is most frequently the case, the book was better than the film.

And it was a really cool movie. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.

The section of Universal theme park in Orlando is fun too.

Michael Crichton’s 1990 genetically powered biological thriller combines an action packed adventure story with a cautionary tale of corporate, capitalistic greed gone wrong and rolls it all into a humanistic story with excellent characterization and that could be read as a powerful allegory of the harsh realities
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Science-at-the-brink-of-chaos fiction. Nonlinear dynamics had barely been invented, and yet here it was, gracing each chapter with a foreboding message of disintegration.

Not literature, not amazing prose, but a true edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Cristina Monica
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish

DNF. The movie is better.
The Kindle (25th Anniversary) edition is currently uber cheap: $0.64 in the States, £0.49p in the UK and $2.99 in Canada. I read the hardcover copy, about two decades ago - and if I was able to rate it at that juncture, I would have given it 4★
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, audio, arc-review
I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. I guess I've always had my reservations because of what an impact the movie had on me as a kid. I was about 9 or 10 when the movie first came out and it blew my mind. As the book likes to point out, boys love dinosaurs and that was true.

As a side note, I'm loving how much my son (5 y.o.) loves dinosaurs. He knows so much more about them than I do, in fact his favorite is the Giganotosaurus, a dinosaur I learned existed from him.

(the hipster's T-Rex)

May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i haven't read this book in a long, long time, but i STILL managed a fine readalike list for it over on riffle, in what be my very last riffle list ever. ):
In 1993 my parents took me on vacation to Florida. It turned out to be a quite peculiar trip. First we had an emergency landing in Neufundland, because of a hole in the airplane. One I had a pretty good look at from where I was seated. Then there was a shark alert while we were at a Miami beach. And on our visit to the Universal Studios in Orlando we passed on the Jurassic Park attraction, because none of us had ever heard about it.

The shark turned out to be a ray. And while the hole in the airp
Nandakishore Varma
What do you say about a concept that has become iconic? Jurassic Park has grown beyond Crichton's novel, into a movie, into a theme park attraction, into a thousand types of paraphernalia... In fact, it has become so popular that we forget the original work this concept came from.

I saw the movie first. It is a marvel of special effects and unbearably suspenseful. The book is nothing like that.

This novel is a serious work of science fiction. As with Crichton's other novels, the research is so det
Charles  van Buren
1Actually just a bit short of five stars in my opinion

Review of Kindle edition
Publication date: May 14, 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Language: English
ASIN: B007UH4D3G Sales Rank: 4349
466 pages

I would guess that the majority of the people in the world have heard of JURASSIC PARK. However, the group of JURASSIC PARK related books, movies and merchandising has become a world wide phenomenon based upon the success of the movies not this novel. The novel is good but not good enough or app
That was an awesome audiobook!!!! Scott Brick did an amazing job!
I was 12 when I first saw this at the cinema, I loved it, and have watched every subsequent jurassic Park film. Chris Pratt anyone?! 👀
It was about time that I finally got around to reading the book which inspired Spielberg! I guess I was nervous, since I have enjoyed the films so much? Well I needn't have worried, this book was every bit as good as the film, although quite different in a lot of ways. The plot and action was actuall
Will M.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another masterpiece by Crichton. Can't believe it took me years to finally pick this one up and read it.

I watched the movie adaptation when I was a kid, so I can't really remember much of the plot other than dinosaurs gone wild, and I'm sure I remember an elevator scene. Aside from those, I had no idea what was in store for me before I read this. I wasn't hesitant on reading this, but my really long TBR list was the reason why I didn't read this sooner than I should have. All I can say is that
Vanessa J.
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Books With Chemistry

Well, everyone knows what this is about, but for this review to make sense, I’m going to suppose you all live in caves and have never heard about the existence of Jurassic Park.

Everything starts with a billionaire that wants more money. It has been discovered that extincted animals can be cloned and, in a way, brought back to life. He uses this to buy a remote island in Costa Rica and build a theme park that features the famous dinosaurs. Things, however,
Ashley Daviau
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little hesitant to read this book because I have such an immense love and appreciation for the movies. But I'm glad to say that I think I may have enjoyed the book MORE than the movies! Which is really saying something because Jurassic Park is one of my all time fave movies!

The only thing that stopped it from being five stars is that I found the beginning a bit slow to start. There was a lot of explanation and set up and I found it a tad boring if I'm being honest. But I can see how it
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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 Doug ...more

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