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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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First time review

What would have made Nano better?

An ending.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. I have a few books that I've already purchased

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

George Guidall always does a great reading.

Any additional comments?

I should do more reviews. I just finished this book and I am angry. The ending is abrupt. No conclusion. I guess Robin Cook thinks he is writing a series so he thinks he can get away with this. Because of this ending, I may never read another Robin Cook novel, and I have liked him in the past. It is always obvious in a series that there will be more to the story, but there is some type on conclusion to the book. This one just stops. Period. In the middle of the action. I feel like I wasted my time. It's sad when a good author decides to short change his/her readers to make another buck. That's what I feel like here.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • RK
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 12-14-12

This better be part 1

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

11 hours of listening only to have absolutely nothing resolved and see the ending fall flat on its face. Even if there is a sequel, not enough here to spend time listening. I have never asked for my money back, but I am now. Don't waste your money on this one.

What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

He forgot to make one.

What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

good as always

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • PLACITAS, NM, United States
  • 02-19-13

The Pia Trilogy?

Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

I will never read another Robin Cook book about Pia Grazdani. The first Pia book was interesting but one of Cook's weaker novels. This last book was a total waste of time and obviously designed to get you to read his next one. No chance!<br/><br/>George Guidall is an excellent narrator and I have no complaints about him.

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

Not necessarily.

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

George did well; it was the book itself that was weak.

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

It was interesting to learn something about nano technology. That was the only redeeming quality because the story line was non-existent.

Any additional comments?

I've read almost every one of Robin Cook's novels. The previous Pia novel, Death Benefit, was the weakest of his books up until this one. The character of Pia is difficult to believe or understand and her boy friend, George, is equally difficult to believe. Nano is obviously leaving the door open to a third Pia novel. I won't consider reading it.<br/><br/>It appears that Robin Cook is spending all his time researching and writing about interesting new medical technology at the expense of character and plot development. Well, it just won't sell books! Robin, give it up.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 12-21-12

Nano-talent

Avoid, avoid, avoid!!! A definite waste of a credit and of the way-too-many hours I spent trying to finish this trash. In the end, despite attempts at double speed and even fast-forwarding, I could not find a reason to get past the final hour. It was just too BORING!

The first three quarters of the book go kind of like this: protagonist believes something (she has absolutely no idea what and neither do you) is amiss in her place of employment. She tries implausible plot A to find out what that might be (involving this Columbia Med School graduate to act like a stripper); plot A fails (at least the outcome was realistic!); she tries implausible plot B (involving Columbia Med School graduate to act like a stripper yet again); plot B fails....She elicits the aid of handsome medical doctor who finds her annoying (also understandable) but, for some incomprehensible reason, irresistible...She gets kidnapped for the second time in her implausible life (she was apparently kidnapped in the previous book...The lover from the previous novel makes many appearances -- which seem merely pathetic and do not advance this story at all). But, alas, I am giving the "story" away. Maybe something amazing happened in the last hour of this novel. I doubt it.

This is the third novel in a row I have downloaded (#1 The Racketeers, #2 Two Graves) where it seems that the best-selling authors are paid "by the word." Please, sirs, you have developed a fan base. Do not abuse it. I pledge to stay away from "best-selling" authors for the time being.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • Toledo, OH, USA
  • 12-17-12

Too Bad, I really like Robin Cook, but this....

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

those who are having trouble sleeping

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

no

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

all

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, I really like Robin Cook, but I can't imagin how this got published (I know $$$). The theme was intended to be exciting, fast paced and all that, but it really fell flat. I feel that the actual story could have been told in about 30 minutes without all the fluff knitted in the mix. I will continue reading Cook, but I think before I waste any credits, I will wait for some reader reviews to come in.<br/> The story starts out slow and boring, so I kept "reading", waiting for all the action and suspence to grab me and put me in the mix as only a fine author like Cook can do. Unfortunately, it just never happened.<br/> Bottom line, unless you have a heart condition and can not take a lot of excitement, or maybe you have a hard time getting to sleep at nights, you could spend your hard earned credits on bigger and better reads.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • Pembroke Pines, FL, United States
  • 12-11-12

Good Book but unfinished

The book kept me intrigued until the ending. It ended abruptly with many issues unresolved. Will there be a sequel?

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 01-11-13

Unfinished

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I found the main character to be cold and unlikable. All but one of the men in this story were foolish. The doctor friend she met in Co. was my favorite character.

What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

George gave a decent performance...

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

Yes, but I probably won't bother with it...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a disappointment!

What would have made Nano better?

An Ending!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something without George Guidall

How could the performance have been better?

A more capable reader!

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

I would have a satisfactory ending

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. The subject is intriguing, but the characters are weak, undeveloped, and directionless.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debora
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 12-26-12

Implausible

The longer the book goes on, the more implausible the storyline becomes. The characters and their motivations just don't make sense. We're ultimatly expected to believe that the heartless CEO is so overcome by lust for the young scientist that it interferes with his business decisions.

The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. It appears to be an opening for a sequel.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Benbrook, TX, United States
  • 02-18-13

Trouble understanding reader

What disappointed you about Nano?

cannot clearly understand reader

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

He is fine, no recommendations

How could the performance have been better?

Use a different reader

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

None

Any additional comments?

I'm hard of hearing and I'm having trouble following this narration, I usually don't have any problem with this reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful