While the book was very suspenseful and enjoyable at times, there were a few things that really bugged me. How many times did we hear "The swarm was ACTUALLY LEARNING!". Why does this and other things continue to surprise the main character? Okay, yes, it's "emergent behavior". We got it. Also, the lack of concern for his wife when she was in injured early on was hard to swallow. And finally, after hearing tremendous narrating work on my last few listens, I thought this was mediocre work. Okay, Chrichton's dialog isn't his greatest strenght, but I could actually hear the reader licking his lips and swallowing constantly - which just grossed me out. :) Also, he just had a very grating voice for the main character. Just didn't work in my mind.
I was impressed initially with this book -- it started out well, and was holding my interest until about 5 hours in... Then it started to just "slow down" and bit and get bogged down into mundane charachters. The end was terrible in my opinion. It was all Chrichton until the end, which o me, felt like he didn't know how to give it an ending, so he just "trew one together". Once was enough for this book, and the only reason I made it through all the way was my past faith in Crichton; I personally felt it was ultimately a waste of time once I finished the conclusion. The technical details were fascinating, but it got a bit carried away with fantasy in my opinion.
The initial promise of this book rapidly dissipated in a fog of weak characters and a silly plot which could have been a lot of fun. In the end I couldn't care less what happened to them all. The ending is so rushed you wonder if Crighton was as fed up with it as I was by the end.
A warning - there are more obscene expletives in this book than any other I have ever listened to. It is offensive, unnecessary and very unpleasant.
The big thing that Michael is great with is plot lines but he's weakest at character development. This book, however, was alot better! He's actually starting to create some depth with his characters. It had me on edge in a couple of scenes and made me contemplate of the dangerous possibilities that are in store for nano-technology.
While alot of the book seemed outlandish and the characters a bit flat (but alot better!), it kept me very entertained. If you liked the saterday afternoon sci-fi thrillers, you'll like this:)
I try to stay away from big name authors...but I was pleased with this book. It started slow with the character backgrounds...but once it got going I couldn't put it down. Great read!
Could hardly put down. I listen to while exercising and I got a lot of exercise with this book. I couldn't wait until the next workout! The ranks with some of Clancy's best, though different style and subject. Nevertheless, it was a book I didn't want to put down.
I judge some of the books by how interesting they are while I am running. I run 4 to 6 miles a day and the books should help me get through the run. If the book is boring then the run is tough but if it holds my interest then the run does not seem long enough because I want to hear more of the book and will have to wait until the next run. This book allowd me to runm the max every day. Good research on the material.
This was a very exciting book. A times it grasped your imagination, at times it shocked you, and at times it scared you! This IS a thiller! It molds your mind and then hurls you across the room! When our star feels pain. You FEEl pain!
Let's see, you wanna have "monsters" and you want to have them escape from thier holding facility and then you need specialized talent to get a hold of them again. Haven't we done this plot before?
This book was more aggrivating than interesting. Throughout I had the overwhelming urge to smack the main character. I have no idea how such a supposedly smart guy can be so throughilly stupid! I would never have put up with the double-talk his wife gave him. The instant I suspected someone was lieing to me, I would have gotten to the bottom of it. But this guy just takles it in stride and ignores every single warning sign.
The heart of every good book gives you a character or group of people whom you can identify with and (hopefully) like. It's increasingly hard to like people who do the stupid thing every single time and then the author pawns that off as action.
It's like saying "Well, we're in a house with a raving homicidal madman...I know! Let's all split up!" How many times can someone almost die from thier own foolish behavior and on some level you think that they probably deserve thier fate. This book wasn't all bad, but it was far from what I hoped it would be. I think that for this book, Crichton forgot that describing cool technology is not enough. You need to tell a strong story or all the techno-babble means nothing.
The only downside to the book was that I DID feel like smacking the guy in the head a couple of times, but hey, ITS A BOOK FOR GODS SAKE! Anyway, This book is definately better than the average Crichton yarn. Way better than Timeline or Sphere, or even Eaters of the Dead (13th Warrior). Needless to say, I really liked this book. Loved it even. I will definately read it again soon. So do yourself (and your ears and eyes) a favor and READ THIS BOOK!!!