By

Read By

David Morse

Length

8 hrs and 15 mins

Audiobook Review

The Andromeda Strain

Genre(s)

Michael Crichton

Overall
Performance

A solid sci-fi pandemic thriller. Classic Crichton.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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This solid sci-fi pandemic thriller is perfectly paired with David Morse's gruff, dispassionate reading.

Crichton is a giant of the science fiction genre, with an emphasis on science. He is also very much of his time, with very clear distinctions of good and evil, right and wrong. I'm a sucker for a pandemic and this ticks all the satisfying boxes of a sudden outbreak, government reluctance, catastrophic spread and so on.

It's no surprise that so many of Crichton's books were committed to film. His clear cut plot and descriptive prowess beg to be adapted to the screen.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

David Morse's deep, smooth delivery is perfectly cast and has that Jack Bauer cool heroic quality.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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The science heavy sci-fi elements bring to mind The Martian, though this is not quite as successful in delivering scientific data whilst still being entertaining. This can make it feel slow at times.
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ABOUT

The Andromeda Strain

THE BLURB

A military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper atmosphere, is knocked out of orbit and falls to Earth. Twelve miles from the crash site, an inexplicable and deadly phenomenon terrorizes the residents of a sleepy desert town in Arizona, leaving only two survivors: an elderly addict and a newborn infant.

The United States government is forced to mobilize Project Wildfire, a top-secret emergency response protocol. Four of the nation’s most elite biophysicists are summoned to a clandestine underground laboratory located five stories beneath the desert and fitted with an automated atomic self-destruction mechanism for cases of irremediable contamination. Under conditions of total news blackout and the utmost urgency, the scientists race to understand and contain the crisis. But the Andromeda Strain proves different from anything they’ve ever seen - and what they don’t know could not only hurt them, but lead to unprecedented worldwide catastrophe.