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Nano | [Robin Cook]

Nano

Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.
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Publisher's Summary

After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She's warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute's research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC's human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the 21st century - a treatment option for millions - or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?

©2012 Robin Cook (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Martin FREDERICK, MD, United States 01-30-13
    Martin FREDERICK, MD, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Nano Near Bottom for Robin Cook"
    What would have made Nano better?

    A female narrator for a story with a strong female protagonist.


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

    No! Not even Robin Cook books.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    He wasn't female. For me, a female narrator works better for a strong female lead.


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

    As Robin Cook's editor I'd say: This story is too much like Coma. The first half is very good. The second half is pretty much "Are the bad guys going to get her?" "Like Alien!"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 01-30-13
    Karen 01-30-13
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    "Waste of time!"
    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    I did not like his voice at all, and he seemed to rush through the reading. Maybe he was as bored with it as I was!


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

    I could not recommend this book to anyone. The story was weak, the characters unappealing, and the ending - wasn't! I slogged all the way through this and then found the author chose not to bring the story to a close.


    Any additional comments?

    I keep thinking I will give Robin Cook's novels another chance because I enjoy medical thrillers and he is so well known. But this is the last one. Not worth the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mesmer2011 01-08-13
    Mesmer2011 01-08-13
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    "Totally Believable with a great subplot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nano to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    The New, New World of Science Engineering Meets Reality in 2013


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the creative visuals including the descriptions of Colorado.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchel Augusta, GA, United States 01-07-13
    Mitchel Augusta, GA, United States 01-07-13
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    "not worth a credit"
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    Maybe but I would be wary. I tried to like this book. I listen to app. 15 books a month and this would not make the top 100.


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

    no


    What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

    nice voice


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I expected a better book given the reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arnie Pensacola, FL, United States 01-07-13
    Arnie Pensacola, FL, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Expectations disapointing ending"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    an ending that was a bit more satisfying. Only excitement was in later few chapters


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Cook again?

    probably.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    well presented


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

    Should have expanded the lead in to the ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Pittsburgh, PA, USA 12-26-12
    Debora Pittsburgh, PA, USA 12-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Implausible"

    The longer the book goes on, the more implausible the storyline becomes. The characters and their motivations just don't make sense. We're ultimatly expected to believe that the heartless CEO is so overcome by lust for the young scientist that it interferes with his business decisions.

    The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. It appears to be an opening for a sequel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Au Gres, Mi, United States 12-23-12
    Nancy Au Gres, Mi, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "don't bother"
    What disappointed you about Nano?

    the narration...the story..the beginning was so boring...


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

    no


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    he just isn't easy to listen to


    What character would you cut from Nano?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    I only got into about 4 chapters..not worth it..was a struggle to listen that far

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Pringle 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A winner"

    Excellent read and entertaining science fiction without being completely unbelievable. I hope there's a sequel in the works!

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    Frank O. Parsinitz Gibbsboro, NJ, US 02-15-15
    Frank O. Parsinitz Gibbsboro, NJ, US 02-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not happy with the ending."

    I love audible books. The performance was great but the end just ended. I hope there is another book on the way for the characters sake. There has been a lot of character development and now I feel like I know them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 12-01-14
    Robert 12-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great sequel!"
    Where does Nano rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very high


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nano?

    It is all good


    Any additional comments?

    this was a great sequel to Death Benefit, taking Pia Grazdani to a new level of her hair brained and very dangerous investigations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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