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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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    Dave Wolff Ann Arbor, MI 03-25-13
    Dave Wolff Ann Arbor, MI 03-25-13 Member Since 2015

    I love listening audio books. I listen to between 20 and 25 per year while I work. Sure makes the days go fast.

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    "The Ending... Wasn't!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book would have been for me had it had an ending. Another five or ten minutes could have wrapped things up, but instead it just quit! I couldn't believe my ears!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was good as were the characters. I must admit though, I really feel cheated by the ending.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    George Guidall is the Master of Masters! He could read a telephone book and make it a great read.


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

    I wouldn't have cut any, but I sure would have added at least one more to the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. Robin Cook and his editors blew it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edna Roanoke, TX, United States 02-23-13
    Edna Roanoke, TX, United States 02-23-13
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    "It was just ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I tried and tried to really get into this book and found myself forcing myself to read hoping it would get better and it did not. I LOVE Robin Cook's books but this one just did not do it for me. Sorry


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Cook? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think he's a great author!


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

    It moved very slow.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd look at his other books, this one did not impress me at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Selma, IN, United States 02-18-13
    Carolyn Selma, IN, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't believe I wasted my time"

    I normally enjoy Robin Cook's medical thrillers, but this one was a bummer. I was into the plot until it became so ridiculous. I am not into science fiction. I replayed the last 3 minutes thinking that my iPod had malfunction or that my download was corrupted. No such luck. That was the end of the story. After listing for hours with the most minute details given, the end just happened! No explanation, details, etc. Wasted time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Rozhon 02-09-13
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    "Horribly disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Cook again?

    No. This was quite possibly the most disappointing book I have ever read.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Sure


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

    The story could have been excellent with better treatment and most definitely with an ending, not just hanging


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely positively DO NOT recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica CORDOVA, TN, United States 01-30-13
    Jessica CORDOVA, TN, United States 01-30-13
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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 01-16-13
    RITU 01-16-13

    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 2014
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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 12-30-12
    Ramona 12-30-12
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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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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