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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. 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..."
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    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 2015

    Urgyen Menla

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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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    Cyndi McNeill 02-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste your credits."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A very young listener might enjoy this one. The science is bad, the story is bad and the narrator is bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was awful. His reading style was extremely distracting and fake sounding.


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

    Disappointment, irritation, disbelief


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually write reviews, but had to take a minute to warn people not to waste their credits. The story was poor, the writing was bad and the narrator was just awful. Very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis 01-25-12
    Phyllis 01-25-12

    Phyllis Ahmadia

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is the first time I've ever written a review although I've listened to


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

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bedford Lloyd’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Micro?

    I would have tightened up the whole plot, stop pretending I knew Hawaii, and stop spinning the talk back and forth as often on the time line to allow for more character development.


    Any additional comments?

    So sadly disappointing, especially from Preston. He broke my heart with this one.
    Retired attorney, university lecturer and avid reader/listener from Hilo, Hawaii

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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