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.
The book is interesting and exciting but lacking in likable characters. The science is full of holes but I think the author(s) aren't pretending otherwise. In fact, one of the characters reflects on all the implausibilities of the situation and seems to be ok with unanswerable questions and impossible results. As to the characters themselves, this novel falls flat. The few characters that generated interest were either very minor characters or left the story surprisingly early. I looked upon the final cast of this story with the same lack of emotion or sympathy as the critters in the "microworld" might look upon them. The other issue I have is the theme of the novel, as it can't quite decide between being an adventure story or a horror story. I think if the author(s) had pushed harder in one direction or the other the quality of the book would have been better.
The strength and saving grace of this novel is the setting. The description of the micro world itself was fascinating and scene stealing, keeping me hooked despite my frustrations with plot holes and weak attempts at character development.
As it stands, Micro had its moments, and despite the above mentioned issues, I found myself always wanting to listen just a little longer...
I liked the micro world best. Its the same story line though as some of his other work-- a group of people go into a new and strange environment and have to figure out how to survive.
Less detail in some of the scientific minutia!! Way too much time spent talking in scientific terms, and not enough time spent telling the story.
Included some more action/excitement and less technical stuff
Great portraying of different characters.
Great story, typical Crichton story.
Descriptive storytelling as a Crichton book does.
I don't know he played them so well!
The cliff scene when the boat stopped.
I like it!