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by Michael Crichton (Author), Richard Preston (Author), John Bedford Lloyd (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 53 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Nov 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C1SJ18
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton's greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research.

Three men are found dead in a locked second-floor office in Honolulu. There is no sign of struggle, though their bodies are covered in ultra-fine, razor-sharp cuts. With no evidence, the police dismiss it as a bizarre suicide pact. But the murder weapon is still in the room, almost invisible to the human eye. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up company. Nanigen MicroTechnologies sends them to a mysterious laboratory in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open up a whole new scientific frontier. But this opportunity of a lifetime will teach them the true cost of existing at the cutting-edge...The group becomes prey to a technology of radical, unimaginable power and is thrust out into the teeming rainforest. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, the young scientists face a hostile wilderness that threatens danger at every turn. To survive, they must harness the awe-inspiring creative - and destructive - forces of nature itself.

©2011 Michael Crichton, Richard Preston; (P)2011 HarperCollins

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Michael Crichton and his fantastical and yet somehow believable technothrillers since I leapt on Jurassic Park back in 1990. Since then, I don't think there's been a title I've missed - with the exception of Pirate Latitudes (I have an aversion to books about pirates). Crichton's death in 2008 was a great loss. It was an unexpected pleasure, then, to hear that he left more than one novel in a near completed state. The first of these, Micro, was finished off by scifi writer Richard Preston and published yesterday. I've read it already and that's because I was counting the days until Micro came out and I wasn't going to let a little thing like work, eating, sleeping, communication with fellow humans, get in between me and this book.

I'm delighted to report that there are no pirates in Micro - at least, not the sort with one leg who sail around in boats. Instead, we're back to what Michael Crichton does so well: taking a hugely attractive and exciting idea (here deadly nanorobots - bots - and humans shrunk to about an inch) and putting them in an environment that catches the imagination (here the Hawaii jungle complete with every creeping, crawling and wriggling critter you could try not to imagine), all carefully slotted into a tight plot that will keep those pages turning.

Seven graduate students, including Peter Jansen, leave their studies (ethnobotany, arachnology, venomology, biochemistry, psychology) in the NE US to join Peter's brother Erik who is Vice President of a hi-tech company in Hawaii called Nanigen. They have been headhunted. Nanigen doesn't have enough scientists. It's not too long before we realise why. From the moment of their arrival, nothing goes to plan.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honey, I Shrunk the Postgrads 7 Dec 2011
As someone who enjoys the books of both Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, the potential offered by this team-up overrode my innate suspicion of posthumous novels as little more than craven attempts to cash in on a deceased author's popularity. Having felt that the first of those posthumous Crichton books, Pirate Latitudes, read like a half-finished manuscript tidied up and rushed into print, I was reassured by the fact that, this time, Preston would have filled out and finished off Crichton's work with a dash of style.


Micro just feels like someone has cobbled together a 'greatest hits' package from Crichton's earlier works: a bit of the nanotechnology from Prey, a bunch of the robots from his screenplay for Runaway, people being chased through the jungle by big beasties just like Jurassic Park... been there, done that. But whereas Crichton would have built up at least a reasonably plausible scientific basis for the story, here we just get told "Oh yeah, we've built this big magnet that shrinks people. Not quite sure how it works, but it's neat!" Except, of course, the shrinking process has weird physical side effects - just like the time machine does in Timeline.

All of which might have been forgiveable had there been even a shred of interest in the characters. But all we have are seven equally dull postgrads (each of whom luckily specialises in a narrow field of research that just happens to come in incredibly useful when they have to, say, repel a snake purely by smell or work out which particular spider venom will counteract the effects of a wasp sting) and a villain straight out of a lesser James Bond movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badley written and boring. 12 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Badly written and boring must be the worst possible combination of adjectives for a book and this one deserves both - it is utter rubbish and I suspect Michael Crichton is turning in his grave. The book comprises a sloppy plot with chunks of absurd science fiction (even by science fiction standards!)and biology lectures. I am an ecologist and the scientific bits that I read were pretty accurate, but just didn't hang together with the science fiction or the poor attempt at romantic interest. Absolutely terrible and I would give it no stars at all if possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Micro 19 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been a keen reader of Michael Chrichton books - this disappoints - appears written for a juvenile audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this book. I am a big Michael Crichton fan, but I love how he explores the medical world, genetics etc. Of course he was a medic himself. The premise for this story is so far-fetched at the moment, but scarily who knows how far we really are away from what the novel describes. 100 years? I loved the way that in the face of adversity, some characters teamed up and clung together, life became precious. Some even willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. The suspense in the novel, plus the twists and turns are excellent. The bad guy was a real bad guy and I hated him - so - well written. The way the students used their knowledge of the natural world was my favourite part, particularly as I am not in the least bit scientific, but this was truly inspired.
A truly excellent novel
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Happened? 17 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting Science Fiction / Futurology - you can see the film already in pre-production. The early chapters, especially the first free one (Kindle edition) are very good and then - it's as if someone else takes over the writing. Overall a great disappointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I would really Recommend it to all Crichton fans I really enjoyed it. Some parts dragged but worth every penny!
Published 3 months ago by NILESH
3.0 out of 5 stars Micro story, minimal interest
Firstly, I am a massive Michael Crichton fan, and was very sad to hear of his passing. 'Timeline' is my favourite book of all time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I refuse to write so much for each little object and do will cut and paste this into each section to avoid having to retype endlessly.
Published 4 months ago by janet quick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
As always a good read, exciting and a few twists and unexpected deaths. Gruesome in places
Not sue if there isn't a flaw in logic towards end, but perhaps I need to reread... Read more
Published 4 months ago by cara
2.0 out of 5 stars A sad way to remember a good author
This novel has picked up a few bad reviews on here along the lines of "It's a shame Crichton published this" and "he wouldn't have got away with it if he'd not been famous". Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. P. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Well written and worth the money. Michael is a very talented writer. would highly recommend, as with any of his works.
Published 6 months ago by fiarra
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read
Rather demanding but thought provoking and gripping.
Truly in the Micheal Crichton style
Couldn't put down even though it was demanding
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too far fetched, I was disappointed with this book
Initially the first few chapters were great but I soon as they all got shrunk into tiny human beings, the story just died and so did the plot. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NELLY
4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on some of his last few novels
This is the second of Crichton's posthumous novels, published as having been co-written by him and Robert Preston. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars A tiny disappointment?
Micro was never going to be the best of Michael Crichton, given that it was an unfinished project, completed posthumously by Richard Preston. But it is a lot of fun. Read more
Published 9 months ago by testedonpencils
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