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  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (655)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "Not My Favorite Crichton Novel"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston before, how does this one compare?

    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!)


    What does John Bedford Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent voicing of characters. Good pace and easy to understand.


    Do you think Micro needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think that I ever get over the lack of any scientific possibility of this occurring.


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