Interesting story and Crichton's books are always action packed. But it's not one of his best books. He gives "clues" throughout the whole book to let the reader know what is truly happening. Yet the main character (who is supposed to be a very intelligent) doesn't pick up on any of the clues until it's too late. Then Crichton decides to insult the reader's intelligence at the end of the book by explaining all the clues. He could also use a little more character development of the secondary characters in the book.
The thing I like about this book (and all Crichton books for that matter) is the premise is just close enough to reality to make it thought provoking and interesting. This is a book that my wife and I discussed after we both read/listened to it. Crichton is very good at developing possible answers to "what if" questions.
Excellent mystery, mixed with sci-fi - great for those long drives to work, and cleaning the barns - surprises -
The "gimmick" - an intelligent microorganism cluster killing off scientists was much better and more intelligently discussed in a famous much earlier book- "Invincible", by Stanislaw Lem (see also "Solaris"). Entertainment, but there are better ways to use your time even for that.
I've been a fan of Mr. Crichton's previous books but this one was just awful.... Besides inconsistency in the story line.. the plot itlsef was weak. The flow of the fiction was off at best.. I hope that the author would go back to what he used to do to write books that capture the reader.
I have long been a fan of Crichton and was excited to see this book available on audible. What a disappointment. The book was predictable and boring. Through out my listening to this book, I kept wondering if this was truly one of his books as most of them have been awesome reads. I hope that he doesn't produce more like this, but returns to his more credible and interesting plots. Read/listen if you must, but definitely not one of his betters, best, or even good ones.
unrealistic. In fairness, I love a sci-fi that is very believable and doesn't require any leap of faith. I had to do a lot of leaping here. But I found myself stealing any possible minute to listen to see what happened next -- I guess that's a recommendation. If you want to find out the likely near-turn possibilities of nano-technology, this is not your book. If you want a cool mystery, this is it.
A great story. Yes, you know from the beginning that the protagonist will survive because the book is written in the first person. Nevertheless it kept my interest all the way to the end.
This audiobook features weak pseudo-science, an infuriatingly milquetoast main protaganist, and a narrator with overactive saliva glands. If that's your bag, this one's a winner. I barely managed to get through this one... it was the first Audible book that I very nearly abandoned.
Interesting concept but fails to deliver in the end, could have been much better. All the characters are cardboard, and easily identifiable. Falls back to a standard good guy versus villains action sequence at the end, and the final "prey" idea (which I will not spell out) is ridiculous. Why these nanobots would decide to mimic this form is never satisfactorily explained. The book would have been better if it had finished with the conclusion at the end of the preceding chapter, rather than the final junk ending. On a final note, the prologue (where the principle is nervously at home waiting on his wife stopping something) did not seem to match the ending either.
After a slow start, the book captured my imagination and wouldn't let go. The descriptions were so graphic that I easily saw everything in my mind. The idea is fresh and beautifully presented. This will be a gangbuster on the big screen.