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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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Don't waste your money. Bad for a Robin Cook book

What would have made Nano better?

Not wasting time giving constant time. date, place updates. implausible story line.Book has no ending. It just stops and goes to short epilog.

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

Finished it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Would have given it a "0" if it was a choice.

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  • john
  • Doylestown, PA, United States
  • 04-14-13

A true rip-off

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

I don't think anyone wants a book without an ending!

If you’ve listened to books by Robin Cook before, how does this one compare?

The worst!

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I always enjoy him.

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

A good story, a bit slow in places, but good concept.

Any additional comments?

I should have paid attention to the reviews. I have never been so let down by a book. I even cued back to see if I missed the ending somehow, but no, there simply is no ending. If you want to avoid frustration, DO NOT order this book.

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sorry I bought it

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

This is the first book by Robin Cook I thought was boring and not worth the money. They characters are flat no emotions and you just are trying to find someone to care about. The book just ends. Terrible listening you were glad when it was over.

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  • Suzanne
  • ponchatoula, LA, United States
  • 04-06-13

Wat da?

The ending was terrible. It was like the author tired of the story and didnt finish it leaving George and Pia's father just hanging. It is like the author was just transitiioning to a sequel.

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  • RICHARD
  • NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA, United States
  • 03-26-13

not one of his best

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

kids, people working on bio-science, physicians, hospital workers, anyone associated with the future science of disease

What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

villain gets away with it

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

it was ok, nothing outstanding

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

i still like Robin cook

Any additional comments?

no

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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!!!

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  • Edna
  • Roanoke, TX, United States
  • 02-23-13

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.

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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.

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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

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  • Jessica
  • CORDOVA, TN, United States
  • 01-30-13

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.