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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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    JJG 03-31-15
    JJG 03-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Predictable and simple - Fell short of expectation"
    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and Richard Preston and/or John Bedford Lloyd?

    The narrator does a fine job telling the story and other books by Michael Crichton have been really good. I assume that this book was not largely written by Mr. Crichton as it falls short of my expectations of his literature. I will not be trying another of these co-authored projects anytime soon.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    All were good


    Was Micro worth the listening time?

    Ultimately, no.


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline will too predictable and simply written. I don't normally take the time to write reviews, but I felt I owed my fellow listeners this feedback.

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    THENAPSTER 03-09-15
    THENAPSTER 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, nice book"

    Really liked the story itself however it could have been performed better.
    Great book anyway full of knowledge about nature. I enjoyed it

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    Christopher B. Behrens Kennedale, TX USA 01-16-15
    Christopher B. Behrens Kennedale, TX USA 01-16-15 Listener Since 2005
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    "Worth listening to round out Crichton's work..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think there are a lot of rough edges that Crichton would have sanded down...the villains are ridiculous, and the stock lefty coward character is pretty two-dimensional. Pretty cracking adventure, though.


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

    Sure - I love Michael Crichton's work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the revelation at Tantalus, the stuff with the wasp's den was cool.


    Was Micro worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Tanya 11-16-14
    Tanya 11-16-14
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    "Interesting, but heartless"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Somewhat. The science and ideas behind the story were reasonably good, and realistic as far as you could expect given the storyline. My biggest complaint is the characters. They are somewhat annoying and are treated by the authors in a cold, "survival of the fittest" manner ." This is fine to a point, but the story comes across too mutch as a study on human behavior than as an enjoyable piece of fiction.


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    dondiego87 Bavaria 09-25-14
    dondiego87 Bavaria 09-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I knew he was a climate denier, just sheesh"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are unthinkingly anti-environmentalist.


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

    Gotten rid of the part at the beginning (only part I listened to) where Crichton rants about how it's impossible to understand the environment. It would have been tolerable if I didn't know he had been a strident climate change denier, but since he was, it ended up being pretty offensive to me as an ecologist and Earth system modeler. I ended up stopping playback after just a few minutes, and then returned the book (thanks, Audible).


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

    (1) Fine
    (2) Didn't
    (3) Listen


    What character would you cut from Micro?

    Michael Crichton


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen V. 05-29-14
    Gretchen V. 05-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what I've come to expect from a Crichton story"
    What did you like best about Micro? What did you like least?

    Interesting concept, but seemed to be missing something. Understandable since it was not completed by Mr. Crichton. I think it needed a few more edits and re-writes to get it to the level of story telling we've come to expect from Mr. Crichton.


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

    Probably not. The micro world is cool, but the villain is predictable, and the resolution is unsatisfactory.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The book was set in Hawaii, which was exciting for me. However, the narrator needed to learn to pronounce the Hawaiian words. It was excruciating listening to him butcher Hawaiian place names and common words. I was surprised he didn't take the time to consult with someone prior to the performance.


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

    If it did, I wouldn't spend the time reading or listening to it unless I got an incredible review from a trusted friend.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't win them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-07-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Certainly better than his other recent books"

    After the dreadful "State of Fear" and mediocre "Next", this one is a bit of a redemption. The main difference is that in addition to exploring scientific topics and sitting on his ivory tower and proclaiming judgement on everything, there is actually an entertaining story in Micro. That seems to be a skill that Crichton lost along the way, but perhaps with the contributions of Richard Preston, was much better in this book.

    To me "Micro" is a lot more like "Timeline" and a lot less like "State Of Fear", which is a great thing!

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    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 03-19-14
    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 03-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The master slipped"

    I love Michael Crichton and was delighted to find a book of his that I had not yet read.
    Woops! The master has slipped. The plot is really stupid. The science is really bad. The characters are caricatures. Skip this one. Reread "The Andromeda Strain" instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Milton, VT, United States 06-18-13
    Jamie Milton, VT, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book could still be for some sci fi fans, but it just wasn't for me.


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

    No, I don't think it has, but it might have turned me off from Michael Crichton.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Bedford Lloyd?

    N/A. I think he was pretty good.


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

    I thought John Bedford Lloyd was good, and the concept of nanotechnology was cool.


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    Brian 06-04-13
    Brian 06-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The longest story ever told"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is one of the most bland readers I have encounters in the numerous books I have listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Just one of the slowest books I have ever listened to, I'm not finished yet and I don't really think I will...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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