An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton’s greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research.
Three men are found dead in a locked second-floor office in Honolulu. There is no sign of struggle, though their bodies are covered in ultra-fine, razor-sharp cuts. With no evidence, the police dismiss it as a bizarre suicide pact. But the murder weapon is still in the room, almost invisible to the human eye. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up company. Nanigen MicroTechnologies sends them to a mysterious laboratory in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open up a whole new scientific frontier. But this opportunity of a lifetime will teach them the true cost of existing at the cutting-edge…The group becomes prey to a technology of radical, unimaginable power and is thrust out into the teeming rainforest. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, the young scientists face a hostile wilderness that threatens danger at every turn. To survive, they must harness the awe-inspiring creative – and destructive – forces of nature itself.
©2011 Michael Crichton, Richard Preston (P)2011 HarperCollins
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Yet again Michael Crichton has managed to keep me entertained like no other writer the whole way through this gripping novel. From page one you don't want to stop till you know they are safe?
Brilliant book personally I would give this 11 out of 10. Not surprised by how good it was.
Not one of his best books but a very clever idea that still holds your interest right to the end. Another "what if" concept that harks back to the technophobic paranoia first introduced by Westworld. Hope you don't have a spider or a wasp in the room while you are listening to this.
Derivative and formulaic, adequately read (but no better). I found no excitement or tension, no engagement with any characters and so had little interest in the outcome, which was largely predictable. Some of the science was interesting but somehow did not fit seamlessly with the narrative. All in all, a bit like the scipt of a B movie, written in an awful hurry. Disappointing to say the least - I only stuck with it because I was on holiday - and knew that if I lost concentration and missed a chunk, it really wouldn't matter!
Fans of Crichton's previous books will be sorely disapointed with this pathetic effort.
He'd written a third of the book and was discovered in his archives after his death.
After that it was downhill all the way because, unfortunately, his publishers hired Richard Preston to complete it!
An amateurish writing style and crudely described plot with 2 dimensional unbelievable characters.
Padded out with repetitions of the same point being made several times
The dialogue is stilted and childlike - made even worse by the narrator!
Its a shame because the premise of the story is a good one and will, undoubtedly, make a good movie (if they use someone with more talent than Preston to write the screenplay).
I've given it one star as it wouldn't permit me to leave a zero.
Really, really awful!
"Broadly speaking: Disappointing."
I suppose this is ok as a bit of a yarn. I can also see the link between Timeline, and also with Prey - but unlike these two - Micro never fully engages the reader/listener, and seems content to dawdle along at a very slow pace. The plot is predictable, the twists are very pedestrian, and importantly the narrative suffers from a seemingly total lack of pronouns, making it sound like this book was written by a seven year old. Once you notice this persistent absence of pronouns - it's all you can hear; and like waiting for David Beckham to say "obviously..." the absence of this vital literary device severely detracts from the overall experience. Add to this, the 'padding' here certainly outweighs the good stuff, definitely more filler than killer. It almost feels like a short story packed out with enough ballast to justify releasing it as a fully fledged novel. The cynic within me might think that this fairly mediocre story arc was sketched by Crichton before he died; the publishers pounced on it seeing a potential cash cow, and then promptly hired Richard Preston to fill it out? Oh, and to top it off, John Bedford Lloyd's voice is at best, difficult to engage with, and at worst soporific. Do yourself a favour: don't bother.
I've read all of Michael Crichton's books and they've been a mixture of exciting, informative and compelling.
This was none of these. From the outset the poor dialogue, even worse characterisation and ham fisted plot twits make this an extremely disappointing listen.
I can only assume that the publishers payed a child to flesh out Crichton's plot. None of the adults behave in any kind of rational way and it gets to the point that it's thoroughly distracting.
It's a shame because the premise of the book isn't bad.
"Utter drivel and painful to follow"
Please do not buy this audiobook or the paperback version......this utter drivel should not be encouraged in any shape nor form whatsoever.
I purchased this audiobook using my audible monthly credit and within 1hr of listening i promptly deleted it from my Audiobook folder and spent the remaining hours of the day wondering how i could purge the turgid storyline from my memory, you would encounter a more convincing story and plot if you gathered up a months worth of shopping receipts and gave them to a chimpanzee to organise into a flip book and as for the narrator? - i'd rather listen to the aforementioned chimpanzee shriek his way through a particularly painful bowel movement.
Audible.....I want my money back!........ or at the very least the 67 minutes of my life that i devoted to the story in the vain hope that "perhaps it gets better".
Quite honestly the worst audiobook i have ever had the misfortune to listen to.
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