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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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sad. just sad

this is just an adult version of "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids"....just could not sit thru it.

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One note narrator

Love the story, although the narrator was extremely monotone, which made listening to the story tiresome. It was hard to pay attention to the story or follow which character was speaking.

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I hope Crichten writes a sequel.

As a science major and avid nsture enthudist this book is right up my alley.

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It's clear M. Crichton is gone

What would have made Micro better?

I think it must be very difficult to match an author to a deceased author of great stature.<br/>The only thing wrong with Micro (at least the audiobook) is it seems way too shallow, like whoever tried to finish the novel was trying to write and match an actual Michael Crichton screenplay, instead of finish the story as a readable novel.<br/><br/>The worst inconsistency was that the lady murder co-conspirator first can't bear the thought of the helpless youth being murdered, yet becomes willing to drown them later, without remorse. Wierd.

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

No probably not.

Did John Bedford Lloyd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes the narrator did a pretty good job.

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

Disappointment, frustration that Preston could not have delivered something more readable.

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It should have stayed unfinished.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Absolutely nothing. This book was doomed from the start.<br/><br/>It was highly recommended by a friend. My friend was wrong, oh so wrong.

What could Michael Crichton and Richard Preston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was good enough. He didn't have much to work with.

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

Every scene except when Peter, the leading character, was killed - LOVED THAT!!!

Any additional comments?

The story line is completely implausible. The bad guys have such incredible technology, but can't come up with a better way to kill someone than a cellphone activated device or to push a car into a ravine? Seriously, you're going with that? It just goes on and on and on with random "scientific" drool and amazing coincidences that allow them to survive or be killed as needed. Its a bad story from the start that just gets worse.<br/><br/>It should have stayed unfinished.

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great book great narrator

it was a very good book. The narrator was great. So far I have not been disappointed with a Michael Crichton book.

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microbe

a little slow to begin with but is the book continues the plot thickens and it's becomes a excellent book great story and performance I really liked it.

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Another solid performance by JBL

Very entertaining. At present, Micro is the last of the Crichton books, posthumously co-authored by Richard Preston.

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Amazing that it is happening.

2 Nobel Prize winning Scientists just invented a machine that is smaller than a hair. Gives new meaning to this science fiction.
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Just make it through chapter one!

The first chapter is very dry but PLEASE get through it. This book is absolutely amazing. I was literally yelling NO, DON'T! by myself in my vehicle while listening to this book. SO good!