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.
This is a good read. The premise is interesting and, while at times pretty farfetched, still entertaining.
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.