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.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book. The premiss was fascinating, the technology both interesting and scary. However, I couldn't help but wonder if the editor even bothered to read the book. Has Michael Crichton risen to such a stature that his publisher simply takes what he writes and publishes it? The plot has more holes than a block of swiss cheese. Characters ask questions that have already been asked and answered and sometimes act unlike any human I've ever met. But then, some of them aren't truly "human". I've always enjoyed Crichton's fiction and I look forward to more to come. I just hope the next one is much "tighter".
Loaded with Crichton's trademark technobabble, but this time the characters are flat, dull, and behave like plot devices instead of human beings. The protagonist is a bore, and his marriage is an afterthought. He has no discernible attachment to his wife other than to serve the plot. His kids are annoying and superfluous to the story, interrupting the plot flow to whine over the phone every few chapters. The technohorror element is derivative and the protagonist ignores major clues to the mystery ala the "Idiot Plot" syndrome. A major disappointment considering how much I have enjoyed other books by Crichton.
I feel one of Michael Crichton's greatest talents is that he presents things in a way that makes you really believe that something impossible is possible. I read Jurassic Park in 6th grade, and again many years later. I still love it. As I got my degree in Biology I realized where the holes in the science were, but it was still very inventive. In State of Fear, the science was extremely unlikely, but somehow he made it believable.
This book did not do that however. This book was a complete assault to my intelligence, (as little as that may be). The story about nano particles was someone interesting at first. The dialogue about him being a stay-at-home father was interesting and even compelling as he belives his wife is having an affair. But once he starts off on the adventure it is just ridiculous. Completely unbelievable. He tries to make connections between computer programming, robot behavior and biology which are beyond absurd.
Did you ever see that awful movie A.I.? Imagine somebody reading you that as a book on tape, and here you are.
Can't recommend it.
After some very good science and good plot and character writing, (Andromeda Strain, Jurrasic Park) you would think that Crichton would get better at writing science fiction, not worse.
This book starts out well, with a plausible plot and believable, but unlikable characters. However, it quickly progresses to the quite ludicrous plot that computer programmers are trapped at a remote desert facility and being attacked by swarms of intelligent nano-robots of their own making. Predictibly they are killed off one by one, and predictably at least one of the programmers is really a fake person working against the rest and was created by the swarm of evil nanorobots. OK, right. This is a plot that has been used over and over again.
This is a mediocre listen, and there are better ones you can download.