Dragon Teeth

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Thriller, Action & Adventure
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: May 2017
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel-a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.
The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.
Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William's newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West's most notorious characters.
Drawing on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.

Reviews (6)

Written by Patricia B on April 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Exciting tale. Often I found myself sitting in the driveway to continue listening

Written by Michael A on July 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really liked the premise of this book and found the period and plot to be enthralling. I do feel however, that the ending was a bit of a letdown considering his backstabbing girlfriend had plenty of time with the bones to be able to throw yet another monkey wrench into the situation thereby plausibly providing yet another springboard for adventure.

Written by PATRICK W on July 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was ok. Definitely not as strong as his other works.


Written by Dustin K on June 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The first half was kind of slow, however as you see the character develop it did get better.

Dragon Teeth

Written by Breanne S on June 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story! There are many different moments in the story that seems to be coming to an end just to real you back in! This author also does great research to make his fantasies plausible.

Written by Brooke B on June 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Love Michael Crichton! I wish this book would have had more of a turning point or climax. I think it was supposed to be more focused on telling a fictional history story.

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.