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Micro: A Novel | [Michael Crichton, Richard Preston]

Micro: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In Jurassic Park, he created a terrifying new world. Now, in Micro, Michael Crichton reveals a universe too small to see and too dangerous to ignore.

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.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier.

But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

©2011 John Michael Crichton Trust (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Tanya 11-16-14
    Tanya 11-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, but heartless"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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    Sam Rabin Princeton, NJ 09-25-14
    Sam Rabin Princeton, NJ 09-25-14
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    "I knew he was a climate denier, just sheesh"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are unthinkingly anti-environmentalist.


    What could Michael Crichton and Richard Preston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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).


    What three words best describe John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

    (1) Fine
    (2) Didn't
    (3) Listen


    What character would you cut from Micro?

    Michael Crichton


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    Gretchen V. 05-29-14
    Gretchen V. 05-29-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Not what I've come to expect from a Crichton story"
    What did you like best about Micro? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Micro to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The micro world is cool, but the villain is predictable, and the resolution is unsatisfactory.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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

    If it did, I wouldn't spend the time reading or listening to it unless I got an incredible review from a trusted friend.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't win them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-07-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Certainly better than his other recent books"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Milton, VT, United States 06-18-13
    Jamie Milton, VT, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book could still be for some sci fi fans, but it just wasn't for me.


    Has Micro turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I don't think it has, but it might have turned me off from Michael Crichton.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Bedford Lloyd?

    N/A. I think he was pretty good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought John Bedford Lloyd was good, and the concept of nanotechnology was cool.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-04-13
    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The longest story ever told"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is one of the most bland readers I have encounters in the numerous books I have listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Just one of the slowest books I have ever listened to, I'm not finished yet and I don't really think I will...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melanie United States 04-04-13
    melanie United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Bio-fi great"

    I really enjoyed this story, and the narration. The micro world was an excellent setting for another sci fi great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara e Richmond, VA United States 03-19-13
    Tamara e Richmond, VA United States 03-19-13
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    "Oh Well"
    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and Richard Preston and/or John Bedford Lloyd?

    yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next Listen? Is this my next Type?


    Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Carlos, CA, United States 01-26-13
    Amazon Customer San Carlos, CA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Land of the Giants, again"

    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.

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    Chalkkdust 01-22-13
    Chalkkdust 01-22-13
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    "Falls a little short, but not a waste of time"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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