Just a guy who likes to read... errr... listen.
I was a little worried when I heard the first ten minutes of the book, but it was only the author setting the tone for the technology he was talking about in the book. Phew!
Once I got started with this book, I found it really difficult to put down. I would listen as I drove, as I worked, as I was going to bed; I just couldn't put it down. This book was very enjoyable and kept me on edge until the very end.
Another great book by Crichton
Never EVER will I get another audio book read by George Wilson. Imagine if you had to listen to a conversation where there was a five second pause after each person finishes his/her statements. It felt like I was hitting every red light in San Francisco! Plus, he didn't have enough distinct voices to seperate the different characters. I felt that the reader read too slow, as if he were reading a children's story to some kindergarteners.
Now for the story...I read and loved Jurrasic Park. But in this book the author felt it was necessary to explain fairly simple technical bits in five minute narratives, often repeating many of his ideas throughout the book in five or more places. There were suspense "scenes" that were drawn out too long where you knew the author was just trying to prolong the uncomfortable suspense simply for the purpose of increasing the length of the book. Couple that with the slow pace or the reader and you end up with suspense scenes that seem to go on for hours, with very little progression of the story. Finally, there were WAY too many "[character] said" clauses at the end of converstation phrases.
"Bla bla bla bla", (2 sec pause) May said (2 sec pause).
"Ble ble ble ble", (2 sec pause) Ricky said (2 sec pause).
"Bli bli bli bli", (2 sec pause) I said (2 sec pause).
"Blo blo blo blo", (2 sec pause) Ricky said (2 sec pause).
"Blu Blu Blu Blu", (2 sec pause) I said (2 sec pause).
Oh the humanity!
It's not 1 star because the story was at least interesting, and the ending was slightly better written (and read), though as predictable as any action-disaster movie you've seen.
The main thing that I didn't like about this audiobook is the reader. His voice is tremendously annoying, though you kind of get used to it after a while. The book itself is ok but is really predictable. The way the characters interact is not realistic and is frustrating.
The idea of the book was good but the book just didn't come together very well. It was good enough to listen through all the way through (thus the 2 star rating instead of just one).
This book has some interesting ideas about ways in which nanotechnology might develop. On the whole, however, the plot did not grab my attention as I had expected, and the impetus of the story was not sustained throughout its length. The hero seems to make amazing jumps from being "only a contractor" to being the only one who can save the situation, and the ending did not leave me wanting more.
I have to agree with many who have indicated the main character's believability is in question. I expected better from this author. I was most amazed at the third person reactions our hero had to his wife's bizzare behavior. It just seemed to me that a smart software engineer would be more on the ball when faced with a wife who didn't go to the emergency room when their child was extremely ill. This and other examples kept the characters short of plausable and I don't think this represents the authors best work. The books concept was very interesting, too bad it wasn't exploited better.
If you're a Crichton fan you'll love this story, there is no doubt in my mind. The only gripe I have is that the narrator has apparently never heard a teen girl whine and argue. There are some particularly tedious moments where he reads dialogue between the main character and his daughter that are just ridiculous. All in all, though, it is certainly worth your money.
The science was very interesting, but I guess I was in Grisham mode when I listened to it. I was hoping it would have had more of a twist at the end. It felt a little predictable, but it still was gripping.
I have enjoyed this author's other books. This one lacked creativity and gripping tale his other works have had.
If you like science fiction, this story will satisfy you. The science behind the story is logical and almost believable. Characters are well defined, and the conflict is suspenseful. I personally do not care for even one bad word, but to most people this story would seem only moderately laced with vulgar language. I found myself identifying with the characters and believing in their motivation and their actions. While I do not believe that this tale could come true, the action was so real, and the science so well explained, that I was left with the feeling that something like this COULD happen in a year or so! It was a creepy feeling. The story begins slowly as the author attempts to help us understand and to bond with the characters, but once the story action begins, there is little letup in the suspense. You will probably not want to put this one down until it ends. The male narrator is easily understood with clear diction and a deep, growly voice; I liked the narrator's expressive reading as he portrayed different characters.