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Micro Audiobook

Micro: A Novel

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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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    hgpilot - MM Lookout Mountain, TN 01-13-12
    hgpilot - MM Lookout Mountain, TN 01-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, but definitely not Crichton"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too many loose ends - Crichton wouldn't have left soo many holes (I'm sure he would have loved to finish it)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable, loose ends


    What three words best describe John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

    very good


    Did Micro inspire you to do anything?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    The book is definitely worth listening to - especially if you are a Crichton fan. But its definitely not his best. Lower your expectations a bit and you'll be fine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-30-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-30-15 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "3 stars is being very generous!"

    Micro was published almost three years after after Michael Chricton's death and was completed by Richard Preston. The genre is medical thriller. The book falls into the"barely worth one credit" category. My advice is skip Micro in favor of another novel. Nevertheless, for serious Chrichton fans it is likely worth listening to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER LISTENED TO"
    Would you listen to Micro again? Why?

    Yes, this book I would listen to again. Although I know the ending, this books is so scary and so awful in its insides, it's just one of the top books ever, and over 75 years I've read and listened to plenty of books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's so scary in that its something that really could happen in our lifetime. A wonderful story that asks us to believe whether or not it could happen in our lifetime. Awesome listening.


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    He is very smooth in his narration. He can make you feel that you are part of this book. He is wonderful, so good that I would pick HIS narration over many of the readers who miss the mark in tone and and in creating a world that's truly possible.


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

    Is this our world to come?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm unable to read books any longer, but I know a good listen when I hear it. The author and narrator are both on the same page. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Mount Hawaii 01-30-12
    John Mount Hawaii 01-30-12 Member Since 2017

    divama

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    "OK story bad narrator preparation"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am a big fan of Michael Crichton. I love the way he makes his listener examine the real science of a subject that popular culture has ignored.This is not his best work but it is still an engaging story. What spoiled it for me was the bad preparation the narrator did before recording this book. The story is set in Hawaii and therefore full of Hawaiian names and places. The narrator mispronounced and over pronounced almost every Hawaiian word. Admittedly, I am a long time Hawaiian resident and use many of these words daily. However almost any tourist who has been to Hawaii knows that the main street through Waikiki is pronounce


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

    same as above


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bedford Lloyd’s performances?

    ??? Good voice and good characterizations. Needs better prep on location


    Was Micro worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Roseville, CA, United States 12-23-11
    David Roseville, CA, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Trite and Ridiculously Implausible"
    What was most disappointing about Michael Crichton and Richard Preston ’s story?

    The premise and the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audio book that I could not finish listening to. The narration is good but the story is so implausible that it is just silly. And I’m a Crichton fan. I have loved all of his previous books because the stories, while being futuristic, were plausible and even prescient, but Micro is no Prey or Jurassic Park. Add to that the frequently trite writing, especially the dialog, and I found the well-narrated book to be unlistenable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 12-17-11
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 12-17-11 Member Since 2017

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Exciting! I'll go to the movie!"

    What a wonderful movie this will make! I can imagine the images, but special effects could go wild. I'm tempted to say how believable this micro-world became to me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    goddess_of_pipework Roswell, GA United States 01-15-12
    goddess_of_pipework Roswell, GA United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2006

    goddess_of_plumbing

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    "Warning!"

    This isn't so much a review as a warning. The author(s) take an exquisite delight in the gory details - especially of the deaths of several of the characters. If you're squeamish, you might want to pick another book.

    Otherwise, the book was entertaining and a bit thought-provoking. You'll never look at your lawn in the same way ever again!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-09-11
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    "Waste of time and money."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, this should never have been published.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nobody could narrate this piece of trash.


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

    The entire book


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or time. The plot is ridiculous. The dialogue is stilted and insipid; no one talks like this.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Myron Heil 05-04-17
    Myron Heil 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    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.

    It should have stayed unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-22-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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