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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton, Richard Preston Narrator: John Bedford Lloy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead, covered in ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot. In the lush forests of Oahu, trillions of microorganisms are being discovered, feeding a search for priceless drugs. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students are recruited by a microbiology start-up and dispatched 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 where 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vintage high-concept Crichton.”

    New York Times

  • “A nonstop fight for survival in the micro-world, where insects are as big as cars, bats the size of airplanes, and everything is hungry.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A jungle nightmare only Crichton could concoct. John Bedford Lloyd’s delivery is solid…Lloyd compellingly voices the psychotic CEO at the heart of the horror…Female characters are well voiced and differentiated from the predominately male cast. Crichton’s fans and sci-fi junkies will love it.”


  • “Preston sounds like a good matchup with the author of Jurassic Park, and fans of both authors will want this.”

    Library Journal

  • “Another high-adventure thriller that blends cutting-edge science with almost unrelenting suspense. Now completed by seasoned author Richard Preston, this thrilling novel traces the story of a group of biotech grad students stranded in the Hawaiian rainforest with only their wits to save them. Unputdownable.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Desiree | 2/3/2014

    " Fun but lacks the depth of a great Crichton novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holly | 1/31/2014

    " Couldn't finish the book. The writing was so bad. I've never read anything else of his, but it seemed like since he was talking about science and most people aren't scientists, he felt that he had to explain the dumbest stuff. "Venom was easily contaminated by bacteria; that was the reason for the alcohol swab and the container of ice the beaker sat on." He's clearly trying to set the scene, but it could have been done better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ricknash | 1/28/2014

    " Finished it, but just barely. OMG! Stupid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Odoyle | 1/27/2014

    " This is basically a twisted retelling of "Honey I Shrunk the Kids." The only reason I read the entire book is that I kept thinking "it has to get better." It does not. "

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