Series or Standalone: Jurassic Park #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller and Adventure
Publication Date: November 20th, 1990
I first picked up Jurassic Park in 2015, expecting it to be just like the movie. Within 50 pages I ended up DNFing the book, feeling disappointing in myself for not enjoying the source material of one of my favourite movies of all time. But after successfully finishing (and ENJOYING) the audiobook this year, I’ve realised that’s the biggest mistake anyone can make when going into this book.
With the second instalment in the Jurassic World trilogy looming, I was reminded of where the franchise began. Being a more experienced reader I went in with little expectations and decided to try the audiobook copy my library had. From my previous experience I remember there being a bit of science lingo that I wasn’t fond of, I was hoping the audiobook would make it easier to bear. I can confirm that it definitely makes it easier to bear!
After successfully finishing this audiobook, I’ve realised the biggest mistake any reader can make going into this book is definitely going to be any expectations they have of it.. Especially if you’re a massive fans of the film adaptation. They’re not too dissimilar and if you’re familiar with the movie you’ll be able to see where Spielberg got his inspiration from. Yet, the storyline of the book takes a different route than the movie, one that is still quite adventurous.
Personally, I know I wouldn’t have enjoy reading Jurassic Park compared with the listening experience. Firstly, there’s A LOT of set up. (This is prevalent in the movie too, but more enjoyable on that medium.) I was honestly yawning my way through roughly the first 35% of this audiobook. The scientific lingo doesn’t help, BUT the audiobook makes it much more bearable to get through. I’d compare it to watching your uni lectures instead of trying to decipher the textbook yourself.
However, that set up is completely worth what follows. Which brings me to my second point: the added value the audiobook brings. This is largely due to the excellent narration by Scott Brick. You can literally feel the tension in the story because of the narration. This is because Brick really accentuates when characters are being too loud or when they’re whispering or when characters are speaking in hushed voices because dinosaurs are on the loose. It may insignificant, but I think that attention to detail gave the novel so much tension. Consequently I was on the edge of my seat for so much of this adventure.
Aside from the incredibly boring set up, was that the female characters kind of feel non-existent in this book. I love Ellie Sattler, but I wanted more of her! And aside from Ellie, the only other female character is Lexie, the most annoying child in a book I’ve read ever.
Ultimately, if you’re considering picking up this book, I’d highly recommend the audiobook. This was such a fun adventure filled with tension (and some gore) at every turn.