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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 Lloyd Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9780061760808
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/15/2014

    " I so very rarely stop reading a book - I just couldn't finish this one. It was simply boring and lame and forgetable. What a waste of my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 1/13/2014

    " Old school Crichton. A bunch of young scientists get in a jam, chaos ensues, some die, some live, great entertainment all around. A fun break from heavier reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Freeman | 1/13/2014

    " God, this was a stupid book. I read it because I'm a huge Richard Preston fan and I was extremely disappointed. Not only was the writing sub-par, the premise was banal and stupid and instead of letting it just be silly, they tried to scientifically explain illogical concepts away. Also, they got stuff wrong. Like how the sympathetic nervous system is "just the part that is under conscious control" um HELLO it's the thoracolumbar AUTOnomic. Sorry. This was not my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glory | 1/5/2014

    " All the bits about being tiny were interesting, skimmed through the rest of it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lien Delheye | 11/9/2013

    " In een namiddag uitgelezen dus 't moet zijn dat het spannend is. Ik vond het idee waar het hele boek om draait eerst wat simpel maar het is erg goed uitgewerkt waardoor het boek toch spannend genoeg was om me te blijven boeien. Aanrader voor een regenachtige dag. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Alves | 10/27/2013

    " I'm surprised I'm giving this book two stars. I want to give it one. However, the characters are well developed so I can't. This is essentially, "Honey I shrunk the kids" in the form of a novel. Ugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Joseph | 9/18/2013

    " A standard good quality, modestly educational for the non-scientific mind (mine), read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alistair Lamb | 5/19/2013

    " Badly written and the author(s) are unsympathetic to their characters. The science part is pretty good but the plot losses its way as key protagonists are dropped by the wayside. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis McMahon | 5/11/2013

    " Immensely scimmable. Too bad. Michael Crichton is one of my favorite authors. And 'The Hot Zone' was a great page turner and another book I enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/1/2013

    " The first part of the book was rivoting, then it moved along but didn't grab me, the end was ok... I wanted more. It did feel like it was not a full Crichton novel which is was not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adela | 11/23/2012

    " The story is entertaining. I don't think it conveys todays conflict of Nature vs Man as well as I expected from the intro. It'd be an awesome movie though!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Kass | 11/20/2012

    " This book gripped me from the beginning. Not sure how plausible the story line was, but I found it fast moving and intersting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Marie | 4/7/2012

    " At last I finished this book. It seemed to go on forever and so many people died. The deaths were described in great detail as people who were 1/2 inch tall dealt with beetles, spiders, wasps, bats, and birds. Lots of entomology detail and a creative premise, but too much death and too much detail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fai | 1/4/2012

    " I was sad to hear Crichton died in 2008 while halfway through this book. I think it could have used a lot more editing, and I'm not sure Preston ended it the way Crichton would have. Some arcs felt unfinished. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taufik Sujono | 1/2/2012

    " Keukeuh menyelesaikan novel satu ini, ditengah tengah udah putus asa, tapi berharap bakalan jadi lebih seru tapi ternyata tidak "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 12/27/2011

    " I wonder how much of the book was Crichton vs. Patterson. You could almost tell who was writing what parts. Could be a good movie, although at times it reminded me of Honey I Shrunk the Kids. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a filmmaker best known for Jurassic Park and ER. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. His books have been translated into forty languages and adapted into fifteen films.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others. He is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.