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Micro: A Novel

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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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    Erin Ruel 01-07-13
    Erin Ruel 01-07-13
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    "Similar to his other books"
    What did you like best about Micro? What did you like least?

    I liked the micro world best. Its the same story line though as some of his other work-- a group of people go into a new and strange environment and have to figure out how to survive.


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

    probably not


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Bedford Lloyd?

    sure


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

    no


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    Christopher Pickerington, OH, United States 12-21-12
    Christopher Pickerington, OH, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narrator, bad book"
    What would have made Micro better?

    Less detail in some of the scientific minutia!! Way too much time spent talking in scientific terms, and not enough time spent telling the story.


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

    Included some more action/excitement and less technical stuff


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

    Great portraying of different characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Christopher Melbourne Beach, FL, United States 10-31-12
    Christopher Melbourne Beach, FL, United States 10-31-12
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    "Easy to use!"
    What did you love best about Micro?

    Great story, typical Crichton story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Descriptive storytelling as a Crichton book does.


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

    I don't know he played them so well!


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

    The cliff scene when the boat stopped.


    Any additional comments?

    I like it!

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    Bobi California 09-09-12
    Bobi California 09-09-12

    duneplay

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    "Not worth the money or points"

    This book was not written by Michael Crichton - it couldn't have been. I'll believe he did the outline of this story before he died, but he didn't write the details. It was poorly plotted, the dialog was terrible, the pacing was all off, and it was not "believable". And to make it worse, the narrator was horrible. He didn't know how to read a story. He was reading like he was doing marketing ads. The tensing was all wrong. Michael Crichton writes exciting, well written books. Find one of the older ones and read it – don’t waste your money or points on this one..

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    Carol Renton, WA, United States 08-07-12
    Carol Renton, WA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I was so dissappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    . In "Micro" the characters were one dimensional, the story events were eccessively violent without any resemblence to realism, and there was no character I felt any sympathy for. I am glad noone will be able to use Crichtons name and reputation falsely again.


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

    Characters and plot


    How could the performance have been better?

    More realistic. Make the characters act like real people and craft a realistic plot.


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    Anne Overland Park, Kansas, United States 07-28-12
    Anne Overland Park, Kansas, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Missing vital Crichton elements"
    What would have made Micro better?

    Crichton was superb at taking science and stretching its possibilities to create new environments with surprising challenges--and that is done really well in this book, but he never would have killed off nearly every character. Halfway through you are wondering if any are going to survive, and the evil characters are just stupid. Are we meant to think that an enterprise desperate for graduate students in science would take a blow-hard who only writes critiques about theory and would pay for him to come see a top-secret project? How in the world did it make sense to set up one character as the protagonist and kill him off, plus appear to kill off all but two of the "good guys"? We didn't even care about the ones who survived, and couldn't we at least have saved the surprise helper at Tantalus? This needed different plot points and better editing, plus a resolution that didn't make you feel that you had wasted almost the entire time you spent listening.


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

    No, but I will be extremely careful ordering other books where another author (and this one is a good author, but he either didn't save Crichton or just didn't deliver on this book) has finished Crichton's posthumous material.


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

    No, but I thought he did well.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money and your time. If it goes on sale for $4.95, it will be worth that, but you will still be annoyed at what is a great start devolving into a frustrating experience.

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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.

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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!

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    Sheri A. Stinson 07-03-12 Member Since 2016
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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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