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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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    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 07-18-12
    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 07-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not My Favorite Crichton Novel"
    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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    CSG Brentwood, TN United States 07-15-12
    CSG Brentwood, TN United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Carole Guinane

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    "Great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Micro the most enjoyable?

    The reader was good. I enjoyed his voices and interpretations of the characters. The story kept me interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all of the students.


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    His voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love stories such as this and appreciate Michael Crichton's scientific take and meshing it with fiction--he is missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Wilson 07-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Cookenstein

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    "What would it be like"
    Would you listen to Micro again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details about the technology used for shrinking objects.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look up, there's an Ant above you!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri A. Stinson Allen, TX, US 07-03-12
    Sheri A. Stinson Allen, TX, US 07-03-12
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    "FUN BOOK!"
    What did you like best about Micro? What did you like least?

    It was imaganative but a little corney.


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

    Very good performance


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

    No, I don't know where you would go with that story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was light, entertaining but not the best science fiction I've read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "A great read"
    What made the experience of listening to Micro the most enjoyable?

    The great story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to tell


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    Very well done


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved me


    Any additional comments?

    A great book from two of my favorite writers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JSH 05-28-12
    JSH 05-28-12

    Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science

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    "Very well done for this subject, enjoyable."

    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.

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    Andrew F. FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 04-02-12
    Andrew F. FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lame"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TravelGal Redmond, WA, United States 03-30-12
    TravelGal Redmond, WA, United States 03-30-12

    Coffee is a food group right next to chocolate, right?

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    "An all time low"

    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.

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    Rob Burgess 03-29-12
    Rob Burgess 03-29-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Good book but..."

    It was a good listen but there were a few too many impossible situation where the heroes emerge.

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    cdr219 03-22-12
    cdr219 03-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ambivalent"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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