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
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.
The reader was good. I enjoyed his voices and interpretations of the characters. The story kept me interested.
I liked all of the students.
I love stories such as this and appreciate Michael Crichton's scientific take and meshing it with fiction--he is missed.
Imagine being smaller than an ant? This book takes you inside the terrifying world of, what if this were possible!! Great story line and actually very believable. I could not put this one down. Enjoyed tremendously.
The details about the technology used for shrinking objects.
Look up, there's an Ant above you!
Wish I could review better, there are many moments of this book that was captivating. I enjoyed and got totally immersed in it. The story telling Author, unabridged, is fantastic. You could truly visualize what was happening!
It was imaganative but a little corney.
Very good performance
No, I don't know where you would go with that story.
It was light, entertaining but not the best science fiction I've read.
The great story
Hard to tell
Very well done
The whole book moved me
A great book from two of my favorite writers!
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
I totally enjoyed this, though not a mind bending concept. Very entertaining. I would get up thinking about my commute, e.g. whats happening now.
This is the first audiobook I didn't actually finish. I've listened to LOTS of books thanks to Audible. Some great, some mediocre. But I've finished them all.... until now.
I'm a big Crichton fan, and maybe that's the problem. Micro just doesn't cut it. All I could think of is "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!"
Save your credits / money for something else. I enjoyed Pirate Latitudes, but not Micro
Coffee is a food group right next to chocolate, right?
Just when I thought a favorite author couldn't sink any lower after "Next", Michael Crichton proves me wrong. For someone who has written some of the most creative books and had some of the most brilliant movies produced from his books, its sad to see him produce a silly piece like this that harkens back to the bad b-movies like Empire of the Ants.
First off, I am a great fan of Michael Crichton. He came up with incredible concepts and his work was always fast paced. Yes, he demanded a lot of suspension of disbelief, but once past that, his work never failed to entertain. Same is true here, on steroids. There are gaping flaws in logic and execution, so much so that it becomes distracting at times. This applies both to the prose (how it was written) and to the plot (what was written). Like Stan Lee's comics of the 1960's, there were many instances when the description of the scene was promptly followed by a character regurgitating the same exact words. (The sky was blue. "Oh, the sky was blue," said Mary.) Distracting and pointless. Flaws in logic, again like the comics of the 1960's to present day, include a villain with technology amazing enough to make incredible profits, yet used for mundane things. (Victor Von Doom could have solved world hunger with his inventions, but decided to use them all to bother Reed Richards. A genius, indeed.)
Sorry, my inner dork digressed.
I do not want to give out spoilers, and won't. This book has several things going in its favor. It is entertaining and fast-paced. It has several jaw-dropping moments where you have to stop the tape and say "Holy $#%, did that just happen??" and you have to rewind to hear it again. So few books have this and it was a delight to get shocked like that. After those moments, the story seems to get new life.
John Bedford Lloyd was a bit wooden for my tastes, but I've heard worse.
In summary, it's like a bag of jelly beans. Some great parts, some bad parts, not nutrition by any means, but satisfying for a while.
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