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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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    Donald A. Webber Los Angeles (area), CA 06-29-15
    Donald A. Webber Los Angeles (area), CA 06-29-15 Member Since 2014

    Hoge poge Man

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    "So Disapointed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! I do not, although Michael Chichton and Richard Preston tried to bring real science into the book Spoiler Alert! The main premise to of shrinking someone down to the size of an ant seems preposterous as our organs probably would not function because of surface tension of liquids, size of air molecules in our lungs etc. It was like a bad 40's- 50's scifi movie ala "the incredible Shrinking Man" and "Dr Cyclops". The writing is monotonous with too much detail for everyday actions and lame conversations. Also like many of Chichton stories it's too convenient that audio and or video just happened to be recorded to expose the culprit. I tried to get through it, but couldn't... I couldn't suspend my believe on this one (Although I was a Marvel Comics" Ant Man" fan in the 60's.


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

    No, I like many of Chrichton's earlier writings. I like good scifi, but as I have aged I have become more jaded, as I have read or seen the same themes done over and over and usually rather poorly. So a story has to be really good to get my interest. I did like "Prey".


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

    I didn't particularly like or dislike his voice, The material would make it hard to listen to anyone.


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

    No leave it alone. Of course I didn't listen to the end so I don't know if the story was left open to have a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend "Andromeda Strain", Jurassic Park", "Disclosure", "Airframe" and "Prey"from Chrichton, but you might start seeing the same kinds of plot props throughout his work. On the positive side I did and do still enjoy the above mentioned books although formulaic as they maybe. He was a smart man - May he rest in Peace.

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    James Barrett Fishers, IN 06-06-15
    James Barrett Fishers, IN 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good finish for Crichton"

    Micro is your typical Michael Crichton book. Venture capitalist with enormous wealth develops new technology. Group of outsiders converge and are introduced to new technology. Outsiders experience the negative ramifications of the technology and those who developed, profit, and defend it. If you like Crichton's books, you'll like this one.

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    Anil Vootukuru 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book and narration"

    The narration was really good and fully successful in capturing the correct tone of the story . Really enjoyed listening to the book. Definitely recommend it

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    JJG Los Angeles, CA 03-31-15
    JJG Los Angeles, CA 03-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictable and simple - Fell short of expectation"
    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and Richard Preston and/or John Bedford Lloyd?

    The narrator does a fine job telling the story and other books by Michael Crichton have been really good. I assume that this book was not largely written by Mr. Crichton as it falls short of my expectations of his literature. I will not be trying another of these co-authored projects anytime soon.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    All were good


    Was Micro worth the listening time?

    Ultimately, no.


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline will too predictable and simply written. I don't normally take the time to write reviews, but I felt I owed my fellow listeners this feedback.

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    THENAPSTER 03-09-15
    THENAPSTER 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, nice book"

    Really liked the story itself however it could have been performed better.
    Great book anyway full of knowledge about nature. I enjoyed it

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    Christopher B. Behrens Kennedale, TX USA 01-16-15
    Christopher B. Behrens Kennedale, TX USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth listening to round out Crichton's work..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston again?

    Sure - I love Michael Crichton's work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the revelation at Tantalus, the stuff with the wasp's den was cool.


    Was Micro worth the listening time?

    Yes


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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 Member Since 2014
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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 2008
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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.

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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!

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