Pretty much all of it.
Write a story that he is truly able to do like his other great novels he has written.
George made a poor story worth listening to the end. At least he added excitement in his telling of the very ordinary story.
Yes only if the movie script could repair the lack luster story.
No Jurassic Park Excitement Here In This Book!
Great suspense, good narration...a little out-there at times, but I certainly kept finding reasons to listen often! Didn't love the ending, seemed a bit rushed, but otherwise a good listen.
This is a great book.
I'm listening with my Droid-X using the Android app for audible.
I'm not sure where the problem is, but several times in the first hour, the audio was garbled.
I enjoy Crichton's books for the way he breaks complex science into manageable little bites. Unfortunately, complex isn't a word that can be used to describe his characters. One-dimensional is probably more accurate. Even so, the story moved quickly and the enemy/threat was interesting and exciting. A fun light read.
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 like to read about wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey... stuff.
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.