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!
This book was not written by Michael Crichton - it couldn't have been. I'll believe he did the outline of this story before he died, but he didn't write the details. It was poorly plotted, the dialog was terrible, the pacing was all off, and it was not "believable". And to make it worse, the narrator was horrible. He didn't know how to read a story. He was reading like he was doing marketing ads. The tensing was all wrong. Michael Crichton writes exciting, well written books. Find one of the older ones and read it – don’t waste your money or points on this one..
. In "Micro" the characters were one dimensional, the story events were eccessively violent without any resemblence to realism, and there was no character I felt any sympathy for. I am glad noone will be able to use Crichtons name and reputation falsely again.
Characters and plot
More realistic. Make the characters act like real people and craft a realistic plot.
Crichton was superb at taking science and stretching its possibilities to create new environments with surprising challenges--and that is done really well in this book, but he never would have killed off nearly every character. Halfway through you are wondering if any are going to survive, and the evil characters are just stupid. Are we meant to think that an enterprise desperate for graduate students in science would take a blow-hard who only writes critiques about theory and would pay for him to come see a top-secret project? How in the world did it make sense to set up one character as the protagonist and kill him off, plus appear to kill off all but two of the "good guys"? We didn't even care about the ones who survived, and couldn't we at least have saved the surprise helper at Tantalus? This needed different plot points and better editing, plus a resolution that didn't make you feel that you had wasted almost the entire time you spent listening.
No, but I will be extremely careful ordering other books where another author (and this one is a good author, but he either didn't save Crichton or just didn't deliver on this book) has finished Crichton's posthumous material.
No, but I thought he did well.
Save your money and your time. If it goes on sale for $4.95, it will be worth that, but you will still be annoyed at what is a great start devolving into a frustrating experience.
First, I found the science behind the book to be incredibly flawed. The loss, of mass caused by reducing humans in size, was never considered in any way. But it is science fiction and I guess I wouldn't mind too much but the story was lacking. I felt like I was reading the pilot for a television series. And the author introduces a character half way through the book who ends up walking off with the only computer disk that contains the "micro-making" technology. Everyone thinks that all was lost in a fire. Why do that unless your looking to franchise the "idea" of the book?
Last of all, the author seems to have a problem with scientists who using modeling to predict "global Warming". He spent much of the book "State of Fear" talking this problem. While I hat any kind of "fear mongering", I think that the author's take is more like keeping your fingers crossed and hoping there are some good scientists out there that will figure this all out.
The Andromeda Strain - excellent
The Terminal Man - excellent
Congo - good
Sphere - very good
Jurassic Park - excellent
Rising Son - good
Airframe - excellent (probably my favorite)
Timeline - very good (shared some of the flawed science of "Micro" but a much better story!
Prey - very good
State of Fear - fair (good story but way too much proselyting!)
Excellent voicing of characters. Good pace and easy to understand.
No, I don't think that I ever get over the lack of any scientific possibility of this occurring.