Michael Crichton Travels – The Unexplained World


Michael Crichton Travels - The Unexplained WorldProduct: ​Michael Crichton Travels eBook

Subject: The Unexplained World

Author: Michael Crichton

Publisher: HarpPeren

Language: English

Length: 377 pages

Price: $11.49 ( Retail )

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Our Rating: 9 out of 10

Until recently my experience with Michael Crichton’s work was stuck firmly in the ‘Hollywood zone’. I was a big fan of The Andromeda Strain when I was younger and I was a teenager when the epic Jurassic Park hit our screens.

About a month ago I arrived at a forum with the view of completing research on a Bigfoot publication I was reviewing for this very site.

Whilst there I stumbled upon a thread created by a member looking for advice about top rated books on the unexplained world. It was a great thread full of suggestions I had not encountered before but one really stood out…

Several forum members were recommending Michael Crichton Travels so naturally, I had to dig a little deeper.

I found a reasonably priced eBook version on Amazon and I got comfortable in front of my Kindle – I couldn’t put the device down!

In this book review I will discuss the topics and experiences Michael encounters, how accurate it is, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online.

By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether Michael Crichton Travels is the right book for you.

Michael Crichton Travels – Product Overview

This book stems from the isolation Micheal Crichton felt at one point in his life. He decided to take on this feeling and ended up widening his horizons.

Crichton explains the reasons that prompted him to write this book:

“If you are a writer, the assimilation of important experiences almost obliges you to write about them. Writing is how you make the experience your own, how you explore what it means to you, how you come to possess it, and ultimately release it.”

But he chose not to go down the regular travel agent route of seeing the world. He decided to follow the feeling of adventure he had put into his own writing and take on the world in extreme fashion.

He tracked rare and exotic animals through dense jungles, He climbed Kilimanjaro and Mayan pyramids. He trekked across a landslide in Pakistan. He swam amid sharks in Tahiti.

Throughout his curiosity-filled travels he encountered many subjects on the unexplained world and decided to document these experiences in this book.

The Good & The Bad

The Pros:

  • Michael comes over as an open-minded pragmatist throughout this publication
  • Not a single story is without it’s own life lesson for the author
  • Crichton covers his experiences with the existence of auras and states of expanded consciousness
  • Crichton chooses to include a postscript where he exposes the lies of science, in particular, the lies of medical science
  • In the final chapters of the book he dives into the supernatural experiences he encountered with glee
  • Crichton is not afraid to include out-of-body experiences, his interest in fortune telling, how he became a medium and learning how to see auras in the book

​​The Cons:

  • ​A majority of skeptical readers enjoyed the memoirs but were not that impressed by his experiences with mysticism or the supernatural

Who is This Book For?

This book is unlike any other book we have reviewed on this site – it will appeal to believers in the supernatural, people interested in travel AND fans of Crichton in general.

Within his memoirs he covers many experiences with Hollywood greats ( the most interesting involved Sean Connery ) and highlights the wonderfully strange adventures he had traveling the world.

Simply put – this book will appeal to just about anyone!

Our Final Opinion on Michael Crichton Travels

I rarely read books based on travel for one reason and one reason only – I simply don’t enjoy them!

But this book was extremely hard to put down once I started it as it flowed so effortlessly. Crichton has no problems with exploring his inner self and covering the taboo subjects of the unexplained world.

A thoroughly enjoyable journey from cover to cover!

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57 comments on “Michael Crichton Travels – The Unexplained World

  1. Great details given on this book – sounds great!

    You have really gone into details to give the history of who is behind this book and gone further to give the pros and cons of having to read this book. From the entire explanation you have give, it is quite clear that this will be an interesting book to read.

    1. Hi Fidel, nice to see you back here again!
      Yep we’ve got another pretty cool book here – well worth a read ( I remember what you’re into from your last visit! ).
      If you give it a go don’t forget to come back here and let us know what you thought of it 🙂

  2. hi Chris, I would definitely put myself in the category of skeptical when it comes to outer body experiences. However I do enjoy a good read and Jurassic Park was one of my favorite movies. actually looking forward to seeing the new one this weekend. Based on your review if I get time to sit down and read a book this might be one I would check out.

    1. Hey there Monkey Man!
      I’m also looking forward to watching the new Jurassic Park this weekend – watched it online for about half an hour last week but the quality was too bad 🙁
      This is a pretty cool book – if you like Michael Crichton, you’ll like this!!!

  3. hi liked your site,your way of writing, explaining things so well that i felt as if we were sitting oposite sides in the same room and talking.
    Just not supernatural or mystical believer but still a good read.
    Please try and review more books,I have book marked your site for future guidence if i need a new read

    1. Well that’s very kind of you to say so Roamy – makes writing these articles worthwhile 🙂
      Glad to hear you’ve bookmarked us – look forward to seeing you again soon!

  4. Hello, Chris. Your post on Michael Crichton travels the unexplained world. This is very good reading to me and I am sure that it is interesting content to read by visitors to your site.
    I have always had an interest in reading and watching showing on TV and Movies that deals with unexplained events.
    I love the Reviews that you give on Big Foot and Betty and Barney Hill’s experienced with UFOs.
    Nice work. Take care, Chris.

    1. Hi there Prince ( that’s an awesome name by the way! )
      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the topics we covered here and in the other articles on the site. Don’t forget – sharing is caring so let people know about us!

  5. I need to show this book to my husband. He used to love to read books about the supernatural and also books about fantasy realms (not sure if that’s the correct “term”). It sounds very interesting and looks like it would be a good read.
    I am going to send him a link to your site. 🙂
    ~ Melinda

    1. Brilliant stuff Melinda – I hope it’s right up his street!
      It really is an excellent read, some of Crichton’s experiences are mind blowing!!!!

  6. Very Interesting, I do believe in some supernatural things but I’m also a skeptical of others. Michael Crichton Travels sounds like a very interesting read. Especially the places that Michael has traveled. I’m very curious to read his own experiences.

    When I watch stuff about Mount Kilimanjaro or pyramids, Bermuda Triangle and so on, what people say they experience does make me wonder. I guess if people want to know what it’s really like such as myself, I guess I’d gotta go there and see for myself.

    1. Hi Evelyn,
      Yeah Micheal covers many strange experiences in the book but manages not to ever sound skeptical on any subject – he was very much a believer in these types of subjects and researched a lot of them for his novels.

  7. This review is great! you really went above and beyond dissecting not only the book, but the author as well. You write with a passion, very pleasing to your readers. You caught my attention. Suspense is my usual read, but I may pic this book up seems to be a great read. Swell job!

  8. I’d consider myself a skeptic when it comes to the unexplained, and yet I think it’s a fascinating topic! I guess it’s because you can’t definitively say whether the unexplained is 100% true or. It, so there’s always that possibility that it is! The book does sound interesting, will do a bit more research on it. Thanks.

  9. This is a cool site. My dad got my onto horror books and I realize now that I see your site that I haven’t read a good mystery book in a while. I like how you’ve really thrown a good outline around this without spoiling it.I haven’t heard of this guy but you’ve made me want to look him up. Great review.

  10. I totally love Crichton books, his loss was very tough to me, because he was the mastermind behind of so many books, movies and TV series I love 🙁

    However, we will always had his books right?

    Believe it or not, I had no idea of this particular tittle (and I call myself Crichton fan… shame on me!), so this is a pleasant discovery.

    I’m eager to see Michael’s scientific mind navigating through unexplained phenomenons.

    Thanks for the recommendation! You really hooked me in!



    1. Yeah I know what you mean Fito – a great and talented writer with a wonderful vision 🙂
      Hope you enjoy this book.

  11. Hi Chris, what a great review. I really enjoy with this kind of books. I am a sceptic by nature, but I always love to read something mysterious like this. It doesn’t matter do you believe in supernatural or not, each and every one of us has right to have an opinion. I think that I will put this book on my reading list. Keep up the good work.

  12. Great review and great find, I have read 7 or 8 of Crichton’s books and really love his writing style. I’m so glad I stumbled on your review, I never knew he wrote a book about his traveling and the fact that it’s not just about traveling but more about his own views of science and of the supernatural makes me want to rush to get this book.

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      You’d be surprised at how many Crichton fans haven’t heard of this book – I was one of them until about a year ago! It’s a great read, you’ll enjoy it 🙂

  13. I really love your website, especially this post in particular. This is a book I might be interested in reading. I’m quite interested in the supernatural and Michael Crichton’s book seems appealing enough for me to read. I also find your website to be really interesting, talking about the paranormal, conspiracy theories, and other things.

  14. This book seems right up my alley.
    I do enjoy reading about travel, as well as I enjoy reading about the mysteries of the universe. So this must be the perfect combination of both 🙂

    I’m wondering how his writing style is.. Looking at your quote it seems like he writes out of a very personal perspective?
    Do you feel like you become that person while reading his memoires?

    Thanks for this great review,


    1. His writing style was quite engaging throughout this book Maarten, he did an excellent job of feeding us as much information as possible. Yes, at times I did feel like I was witnessing things for myself 🙂

  15. This book sounds pretty good with the way you have gone into describing the author Michael Crichton Travels – The Unexplained World and this book with some background on some of his other stuff he has done.

    Reading books based on experiences with a twist is always better than some typical travel book as you put it in this case that are on the boring side.

    Sounds like “The Unexplained World” would make for a good read that keeps things interesting for the reader.

  16. I love Micheal Crichton Books! It sounds like it’s very different from his other books, but at the same time really interesting. I am surprised that I have not heard of this one, as I am a fan of his. I think his stories sound great, and the supernatural too. Do you know when this book came out?

    1. I don’t know the exact year of it’s release Liz but bare in mind that Michael passed away a few years back now ( in 2008 I believe! )

  17. Thanks for an excellent and thorough review of this book! I like you started reading Michael’s books years ago, and as is the case with most author’s books, find they translate better than Hollywood movies (witness Stephan King)…

    When I saw who the author was for this book, then went on to read your detailed review, I was again swept up as I was years ago. You write very effortlessly yourself I think by the way…

    Because I stopped by here tonight, I will definitely be buying this book. I am not dissimilar to Michael in my travels over the years (certainly do not have the same money lol), so this will be a reat treat to read.

    Kudos to you effort on this one, you covered it well without giving the whole story away, providing just enough to whet the appetite of the reader lol! Thanks a bunch!

    1. That’s great news Dave – and thank you for the compliment on my own writing style 🙂
      I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

  18. I have never read any of Michael Crichton’s books, but I have to say this may be one that I pick up and read. I think you do a great job with your reviews and it is really helpful for people when they are looking for a breakdown to decide if they would like to read the book or not.


  19. I think I might be the opposite to you….I often read books on travel, because I am a big traveller, and I love to hear about other people’s experience. I also loved Crichton’s work on Jurassic Park many years ago, so this sounds like something totally different, but just as interesting. Thanks for this review. I will be checking it out.

    1. That’s great to hear Todd – please feel free to pop back here and leave your own review on the book after you’ve read it 🙂

  20. Hi Chris – I read your Bigfoot article and got very sidetracked watching the documentary. Was supposed to be leaving a comment on your Bigfoot page – that was excellent. My husband thinks I’m daft for being interested in the unexplainable – he always spoils my stories by making up some plausible, logical explanation for the unexplainable. I prefer to remain a believer in the mysterious – it’s way more fun!
    Regarding this review – I too, love Michael Crichton’s writing – ‘Prey’ is another good one and I couldn’t put ‘State of Fear’ down either. So I’m kind of thinking I may be off to buy his travels! I’m not a fan of travel writers either, except the incorrigible Bill Bryson!
    Well done – this is an excellent site – I’ll be back to read some more of your mysteries!

  21. Not the kind of book I’d have expected from Michael Crichton either. Looks really interesting. I have an open mind and am always interested in other peoples experiences whether you believe in the supernatural or not. Very well written post on Michael Crichton Travels The Unexplained World so thanks for the insight.

  22. Hi Chris

    This is a great article and a fantastic review!

    I myself am incredibly sceptical when it comes to the supernatural, I am not a believer at all. However, I love travelling and find the fact that he has written about the rare and exotic wildlife in jungles and climbed Kilimanjaro and the Mayan Pyramids incredibly interesting.

    I am a born traveller, I love reading about travelling, talking about travelling and anything to do with travelling really, so on this account alone I might just invest in the book!

    Thanks for the review!

    1. Hi Stacey,
      I also like traveling but two young sons have sort of slowed that part of my life down these days!
      Glad you like the book review – hope you enjoy the book!

  23. Interesting webpage I always did have a fascination with the supernatural and the like and I found this webpage to be quite interesting overall. Could have used some more imagery but the layout and text in my opinion was designed great. Keep up the good work and keep doing what you do best. I was kept very informed by all this I thought.

    1. Well thanks for the breakdown John – who are you, the website police? 🙂

      We tried to keep the imagery down to a minimum so people could scan through the review a bit easier to find the info they want. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your opinion though.

  24. Its hard to believe that Michael Crichton has passed on. Thank you for this review of “Travels”. I never really knew he was interested in mysticism. But I suppose it really does make sense with his sense of curiosity with the unexplained esp. with Jurassic Park. Great read. I think I’ll buy this book.

  25. Hi there Chris,
    I’m big into supernatural things but actually from a biblical perspective. Are you familiar with Steve Quayle’s work? After checking out the different things you’ve got going on with your site, I can tell you if you haven’t already checked him out, you’d like many of the things he turns up. He’s on Coast to Coast AM all the time.
    As far as this book in particular that you’ve reviewed, I can see that it’s probably not for me, but would probably never had know it if it weren’t for your great review! Buuuuuut that’s where you were coming from before you actually read it so…
    Thank you for the info!

    1. Hi Brian,

      I have heard of Steve Quayle’s work but I haven’t looked into it properly yet – thanks for the heads up, it’s on my ‘to do’ list for today! 🙂

  26. I’ve been looking for some of mysteries book and landed here on your website. This book is quite good. Is it contain the ‘normal’ adventure of Michael Crichton but he try do dig some of supernatural / mystical experiences in his journey? I found it is interesting that you said that he always includes life lesson in each story.

    While this may not relevant to the book review, do you have a reccommendation for world’s famous mysteries and theories behind it such as Bermuda Triangle? Thanks 🙂

    1. If you use the search bar at the top right of this site and type in ‘Bermuda Triangle’ you will get a book review as your result. This is the book we recommend to ALL visitors interested in the Bermuda Triangle 🙂

  27. Hi Chris,
    This is really cool. I love the work of Crichton since I was a kid and saw Jurassic Park. I hated reading until I started reading his books. I love the idea that there is a book of his out there that I have not discovered yet. I had no idea that he wrote about mysticism or the supernatural. I always thought he was a scientist kind of guy who would have never believed in such things. I am going to have to check this out.

  28. I actually enjoy travel books if they are more about the person’s journey and self-discovery. I don’t enjoy the travel guide-type books though which a lot of them turn into. This book might be something I will look into. I think I might enjoy it. I am not so into si-fy type supernatural (something way out there) as I spiritualism so that might be an interesting piece to see if it is too much. But it sounds like a great book and you did a good job of explaining the plot line. Thank you for a great review!

  29. Wow, sounds like a really good book. Your enthusiam for the book comes across in the review, its almost like im reading the book with you through your description. Im reading alot right now too, a lot of stuff like Eckhart Tolle, but this sounds like it would make a nice break from that sort of reading into more story telling while its still in a way connected by the expansion of consciousness theme.
    Thanks for bringing Michael Crichton to my attention.

  30. Hi Chris,
    This is a very well-balanced book review and kind of intriguing. I am usually a very scientific person, but I do also enjoy hearing experiences of others about supernatural experiences and how they impacted on them. Perhaps because of this very scientific nature I am intrigued to read this book, purely on the basis I want to know what the medical scientific lies are! I’m an avid reader, so think I’ll give this one a go.
    Thanks for sharing this book.

  31. Sounds like an interesting book for certain – Very well put together review. I consider myself a skeptic in many ways, but am still open minded about the potential existence of supernatural phenomena if the evidence is compelling enough. I’ll likely give this one a read sometime in the near future, just to broaden my understanding of the supernatural.

    Thanks for the helpful review!

  32. Sounds like an interesting book. I only thing of Michael Crichton and Jurassic Park together. Never read any of his other books. This seems like one I would like to read, its different and would keep my attention. I might be a bit skeptical about the supernatural aspect, but I am always interested in reading about that, even if I’m not sure I believe it. Thanks for the review

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