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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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    J. Beardsley LA 01-21-12
    J. Beardsley LA 01-21-12 Member Since 2007

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    "If you are going to read words in other languages."
    What disappointed you about Micro?

    For crying out loud - how hard can it be to learn how to pronounce words in other languages correctly?

    I lived in Hawaii for many years and I was totally disappointed at the mis-pronunciation of the Hawaiian place names in this book. Hawaiian is not that difficult. That mountain range on Oahu? It's pronounced 'Ko-O-lau'. Not 'cool-lau'. Every vowel is pronounced in Hawaiian. And that was just one example. I believe it was just laziness on the part of the narrator to not have double checked that his pronouncement was correct.

    This totally detracted from the enjoyment of this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Crichton and Richard Preston ? Why or why not?

    See above.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Bolton, MA, United States 01-12-12
    Patti Bolton, MA, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2005

    i buy at least one hundred books a year. of all types. just want a good story with a good reader. not so complicated.

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    "a waste of a credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was hoping that this would be great. Michael Crichton's last book and all. I read all the reviews and thought what the hell. I cannot finish this drivel.


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

    no


    What character would you cut from Micro?

    they are all pretty bad


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhenda Olympia, WA, United States 01-04-12
    Rhenda Olympia, WA, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Honey, I Shrunk Your Credits"
    What disappointed you about Micro?

    The storyline was trite, predictable, and unoriginal.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Crichton and Richard Preston ’s story?

    Richard Preston cannot touch Michael Crichton's style or imagination. What a shame he was allowed to finish Crichton's final work.


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

    Nothing really.


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

    It helped me fall asleep at night.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you miss Crichton as much as I do, save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shuree CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-02-12
    Shuree CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-02-12

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    "fantastically believable!"
    Would you listen to Micro again? Why?

    I would DEFINATELY recommend this book and will enjoy experiencing it again. Lots of science and adventure...just suspenseful enough. Felt like I was listening to a hollywood blockbuster! Hope they make a movie of this. Great narration too!! Cool concepts for story! Loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer believability of this. I was glad my biology experience was limited...because it helped for the concepts to be more believable.


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

    Smoothe. Not forced..not annoying. He is one I will look for again. The narrator makes or breaks and audiobook. He made this one. I really enjoyed it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my eyes pop open!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. TAYLORSVILLE, UT, United States 12-29-11
    J. TAYLORSVILLE, UT, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Michael Crichton"
    Where does Micro rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Conflict resolved, without any loose ends.


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

    I enjoyed the narrator, handled the weird noices of the micro world without being distracting.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe not Michael Crichton's best work, but very enjoyable all the same.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 12-28-11
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "A great way to learn"

    I enjoyed this novel and will miss Crichton's gift of teaching us while we learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Huntsville, Alabama 12-25-11
    Lisa Huntsville, Alabama 12-25-11

    Huntsville, Alabama. Language and Literature College Faculty.

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    "What a Gift"
    What did you love best about Micro?

    I loved being given an unexpected taste of the flavor of the intellectual who was Michael Crichton. I hadn't expected another novel by Crichton. Richard Preston added verve and a pleasing authenticity to this after-the-loss, Crichton, Techno-Bio-Thriller. I appreciated the robotics story all-the-more, having just volunteered in a youth robotics contest in Huntsville, Alabama, a city housing the Army's Redstone Arsenal. I appreciated Crichton/Preston typical insights into Biology, from the perspective of my being a former state Communicable Disease Intervention Specialist-III. I learned about Entomology while listening to this nonstop intrigue and action blast. It was educational, true to Crichton, imaginative, and a combination of two extremely capable authors' brilliance. What a gift. I adored it. I still grieve the loss of Michael Crichton. What an unspeakable loss to the world. So lovely to have experienced Crichton again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brian cedar rapids, iowa, United States 12-15-11
    brian cedar rapids, iowa, United States 12-15-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Shouldn't have released this..."
    Any additional comments?

    They should have left this story as an uncompleted manuscript. I have a feeling even M.C. had reservations about writing and finishing this story. It is impossible not to feel like its a Honey I shrunk the Kids meets Jurassic Park concept. Forced, bad, dialog... and half the time you are wondering just how small are the characters exactly? Moth sized... Microbe sized, ant sized... Never quiet sure I guess. It is just not a satisfying listen at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha sacramento, CA, United States 12-14-11
    Samantha sacramento, CA, United States 12-14-11
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    "Don't waste a credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so excited for this book, but it was total letdown. It was


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    Douglas United States 12-14-11
    Douglas United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Boring"

    I had to fast forward through this book. It's not worthy of Michael Crichton's name, and, I can only imagine that he had minimal creative influence on this predictable, outlandish tale. Save your money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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