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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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    Jessica CORDOVA, TN, United States 01-30-13
    Jessica CORDOVA, TN, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Eh."

    I haven't read a Robin Cook book in years, and got this one as a gift. Overall, it was just OK. I kept wanting the story to move faster. It was a little hard to get into the characters, maybe because I hadn't read the other book with the same protagonist. Like many have said, the ending was a bit abrupt. There were many characters left hanging. I have no problem reading books where the "bad" guys win, or where there is some ambiguity, but this one seemed very rushed and unfinished. I guess I would call this a generic thriller that passes the time, but isn't worth a re-listen.

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    William FREDERICK, MD, United States 01-22-13
    William FREDERICK, MD, United States 01-22-13
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    "OK, not great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Didn't feel the book had an ending.


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

    Only if you like Robin Cook.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration OK


    Was Nano worth the listening time?

    If you have the time then it's worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RITU Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01-16-13
    RITU Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not a very good story"

    I liked the first spinoff from the Jack Stapleton/Lori Montgomery Series but this one wasn't as well written. The Pia Grazdani character is well developed but she and her sort of sidekick George Wilson don't seem to have gelled as a team and this is Book 2. While I can handle an ending that leaves one in suspense, this book went a little too far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Los Gatos, CA USA 01-02-13
    John Los Gatos, CA USA 01-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Unfinished Novel"
    What disappointed you about Nano?

    Cook didn't finish - He just stopped writing before any plot elements were resolved.


    What could Robin Cook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cook could have been more professional and finished the story instead of just letting everything drop unresolved.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator does a credible reading job, but I find his voice irritating - just a personal preference.


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

    Not any worth mentioning


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure I'm done with Robin Cook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ramona DOUGLASVILLE, GA, United States 12-30-12
    Ramona DOUGLASVILLE, GA, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice Story but Predictable"

    I usually enjoy Robin Cook and this was no exception but it wasn't as enjoyable as previous books. It felt too formulaic and there weren't any real surprises in it, i.e., nothing unexpected happened. Not bad just not great.

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    Russell Port Colborne, ON, Canada 12-30-12
    Russell Port Colborne, ON, Canada 12-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Left me hanging"
    If you could sum up Nano in three words, what would they be?

    Timely, fast paced and tense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pia, by far. She is very perceptive and willing to believe that all is not well, then to pursue the truth, with little regard to the consequences.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He is one of my favorite narrators! More, more!


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

    Furious quest for truth in a hostile setting.


    Any additional comments?

    I rated this four stars because of the ending. As it stands, we are left wondering, and anxious, about the whereabouts and welfare of the three protagonists. This is unlike the other Robin Cook novels I have read. It is, in short, a cliffhanger. Is a third novel in the works?

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    Thomas Frame 12-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "What a disappointing bore"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This had the capability to really get into the nano science, fast forwarding to how different ways the nano science will change our lives for better or good. Less sexual pandering and more saving the world.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

    The book teases you with excerpts from Discover or Science Times facts and leaves it at that. Then it puts you through some really boring detective stuff and all the sexual icons such as a beautiful, smart but headstrong young woman scientist, a dumb boyfriend, a gay pal, a ganster father and a monsterous CEO lusting after said woman to his ultimate downfall.

    Then it really gets bad. The evil empire wins, the girl sold into slavery and the boyfriend and gay pal drift out of sight. THE BOOK ENDS. Where is nano?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    Only the reader. I'm surprised he didn't nap part of the time!


    Any additional comments?

    This is possible the worst book I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas R. Henderson Asheville NC 12-22-12
    Nicholas R. Henderson Asheville NC 12-22-12 Member Since 2004

    Adam Smith

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

    Anyone who enjoys a really depresssing ending with the "good guys" losing and the "bad guys" winning will find this a real charmer.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

    It starts out as very interesting, but fairly quickly turns very dark, and ends up in complete blackness. It was no fun at all, just depressing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Sure, narrator was fine.


    What character would you cut from Nano?

    The characters were okay, the story was not.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you enjoy being bummed out, read something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Cooper City, FL, United States 12-19-12
    Jaime Cooper City, FL, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not his best work"

    The story is not fully developed and the main characters are kind of annoying- especially Pia.

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    Thomas United States 12-14-12
    Thomas United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Cook's best, but worth the listen."

    The tech medical wording was a little hard to follow, but the premise was interesting. Some of it will probably come to pass in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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