I think there are a lot of rough edges that Crichton would have sanded down...the villains are ridiculous, and the stock lefty coward character is pretty two-dimensional. Pretty cracking adventure, though.
Sure - I love Michael Crichton's work.
I enjoyed the revelation at Tantalus, the stuff with the wasp's den was cool.
Somewhat. The science and ideas behind the story were reasonably good, and realistic as far as you could expect given the storyline. My biggest complaint is the characters. They are somewhat annoying and are treated by the authors in a cold, "survival of the fittest" manner ." This is fine to a point, but the story comes across too mutch as a study on human behavior than as an enjoyable piece of fiction.
People who are unthinkingly anti-environmentalist.
Gotten rid of the part at the beginning (only part I listened to) where Crichton rants about how it's impossible to understand the environment. It would have been tolerable if I didn't know he had been a strident climate change denier, but since he was, it ended up being pretty offensive to me as an ecologist and Earth system modeler. I ended up stopping playback after just a few minutes, and then returned the book (thanks, Audible).
Interesting concept, but seemed to be missing something. Understandable since it was not completed by Mr. Crichton. I think it needed a few more edits and re-writes to get it to the level of story telling we've come to expect from Mr. Crichton.
Probably not. The micro world is cool, but the villain is predictable, and the resolution is unsatisfactory.
The book was set in Hawaii, which was exciting for me. However, the narrator needed to learn to pronounce the Hawaiian words. It was excruciating listening to him butcher Hawaiian place names and common words. I was surprised he didn't take the time to consult with someone prior to the performance.
If it did, I wouldn't spend the time reading or listening to it unless I got an incredible review from a trusted friend.
You can't win them all.
After the dreadful "State of Fear" and mediocre "Next", this one is a bit of a redemption. The main difference is that in addition to exploring scientific topics and sitting on his ivory tower and proclaiming judgement on everything, there is actually an entertaining story in Micro. That seems to be a skill that Crichton lost along the way, but perhaps with the contributions of Richard Preston, was much better in this book.
To me "Micro" is a lot more like "Timeline" and a lot less like "State Of Fear", which is a great thing!
I think this book could still be for some sci fi fans, but it just wasn't for me.
No, I don't think it has, but it might have turned me off from Michael Crichton.
N/A. I think he was pretty good.
I thought John Bedford Lloyd was good, and the concept of nanotechnology was cool.
The narrator is one of the most bland readers I have encounters in the numerous books I have listened to.
Just one of the slowest books I have ever listened to, I'm not finished yet and I don't really think I will...
My next Listen? Is this my next Type?
I love Crichton's stories but I do need to believe the science just might be possible someday. There are movies I enjoy that have this 'science' in them, one a comedy, one a great old movie, but we aren't starting out thinking this could really happen if only we understood how. We are being entertained. That's not, for me, what I seek from this author.
The World According to JimG944
I rate the Audible version of the novel Micro by Michael Crichton 4 of 5 stars. The only reason for not giving five stars is that the plot seemed like a rerun. Think of this book as TV's the Land of the Giant's meets the movie Fantastic Voyage meets the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids. While interest, it was hard to suspend the belief in the ability to shrink people and equipment. While it was a solid suspense novel, I'll give it a mild recommendation.