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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (664 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Cook Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781101579411
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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’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent…a perfect protagonist for a thriller—gutsy, tenacious, expert in the martial arts and willing to take risks to get to the bottom of a mystery. Nano is one of Cook’s best.”

    Associated Press

  • “The scientific details are fascinating.”

    Booklist 

  • “A by-the-numbers thriller with no surprises but with the usual satisfactions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory C. | 2/11/2014

    " Although we are given great insight into the main character of Pia and the protagonist, I found it difficult to develope any compassion for her. The ending falls flat ( and suggests a sequal?). Weighing the benifits and possible misuse of nano technology , was perhaps the 'throughline' of this book, an alert well founded. An alarm that might have been more successfully raised if we were to have any affinity to the characters within it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale | 2/11/2014

    " it was great, i didn't realise it was about Pia. cant wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Carter | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this book more than the first book featuring Pia. I don't like her at all, but I did enjoy the story line in this book. The characters were much more interesting and by the end I was anxious to find out what happened. Unfortunately, I still don't know. It was disappointing that we were left hanging with a blatant set-up for a third book in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 2/2/2014

    " Couldn't get into the story so decided to move on to another book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/29/2014

    " I truly do not understand how anyone could give this a rating of more than 2 stars max. This was absolutely the worst book I have ever read by Robin Cook. The main character is horrible and the ending was ridiculous... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 1/27/2014

    " I love Robin Cook's books but this story was not a good read. Save your time and money and read something else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Benjie Obera | 1/19/2014

    " Dragging story, one dimensional character, and worst of all I think this book has the most pathetic ending of all the books I have read. I still have a couple of Cook's titles on my to-read-next list but I'm seriously starting to doubt that he can still pull it off. Given a chance to give it a .5 star for the effort, I would. I don't understand why he has to drag it for too long where in reality everything could have been condensed in a few chapters?! And why give Pia a feisty character if eventually in the end she wouldn't fight back at all?! I think I'll skip Robin Cook for now and move on to my other list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/19/2014

    " I didn't read the first book so I was okay with Pia's character. Her difficult childhood made her more callous than some might be, but also maybe less than others. We all are affected differently by events in our past. The only thing that completely upset me is the cliffhanger ending. Save this book until the next book comes out so you don't have to wait 1-2 years for an ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 1/13/2014

    " I hate finishing a book and finding out the story isn't finished but it is a set up for a second book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia Rielley | 1/9/2014

    " It was ok, I don't really care for the main character so that makes it difficult. I expect more from Cook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacia | 1/3/2014

    " Interesting concept, same dusty characters - maybe new names - and a lame ending. This is not a spoiler because all Cook's novels have crap endings (if he bothers to put an ending in at all). All the same, not a bad way to pass an afternoon or two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pankaj Mullick | 12/15/2013

    " I think the formulaic medical thriller has done its run and Mr Cook should seriously consider inventing new ploys and plots. Finally, this ran almost in the same vein as Coma and was mildly annoying. The end was unspectacular and rather rushed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 12/10/2013

    " I love Robin Cook and I thought this book was awful. After I finished this last night I thought -WTH I missed something w all the trying to stay awake on NYE but no it just was lazy writing. Sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 12/8/2013

    " Enjoyed the book but agree with a lot of other reviewers the ending left a lot of unanswered questions. Certainly leaves the door open for another book in the "pia" series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Mccall | 11/29/2013

    " Typical Robin Cook story, if you like his style you will like it. Story was hard to buy into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/8/2013

    " Enjoyed following the familiar adventures characters Pia and George but found this book got tiresome in several areas. Overall plot was good but author spent a lot of time analyzing the behavior of main character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 9/3/2013

    " Gave up. Won't finish. I don't know how to unclick the "currently reading". But I'm over Robin Cook now, forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/28/2013

    " My least favorite book by Robin cook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 5/25/2013

    " Definitely not even a "good" Robin Cook book. Long, with too many meaningless details and not very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomerobber | 5/20/2013

    " Another thriller from Robin Cook . . . narrated by George Guidall. Polished this off in one setting . . . Cook never fails to provide the latest peek into medical technology and always drags me along until I've read/heard it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 3/25/2013

    " I didn't like the character, Pia, in Death Benefits and was disappointed to find her in this book also. And worse- there will be a sequel to this book also! I'm waiting for Jack Stapleton to return. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/24/2013

    " The ending felt unfinished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy Georges | 2/24/2013

    " unconvincing and with an unsatisfactory conclusion, Nano did not live up to its promises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Morgan | 2/13/2013

    " What started out with a potentially great story line collapsed half way through. DissappointedM "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Mueller | 2/9/2013

    " Pi returns, and with this cliff hanging ending, she will have to return . . . one hopes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terry | 1/17/2013

    " Robin Cook's medical background and impressive themes never seem to live up to the hyperbole. "Nano" is beset with stilted dialogue and mundane plot development. In fairness I've never been a huge fan of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/2/2013

    " Trade paperback "

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About the Author
Author Robin Cook

Robin Cook is a doctor and bestselling author who is credited with popularizing the medical thriller genre with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. His other titles include Death Benefit, Cure, Intervention, Foreign Body, and Critical, among others. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Florida. 

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.