• by Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Classic Crichton - engrossing & fast paced

Classic Cricthon, strongly reminiscent of Timeline. Fast moving, well read, with excellent vivid descriptions of the landscape and perils that face the shrunken scientists. I have read some reviews saying that this is copying other people's work, but I disagree. The idea of shrinking people is fascinating and this is a different approach, with this great author's personal take on the situation. I am not sure if the technical stuff re venoms & insect behaviour etc is accurate, but it is convincing and spellbinding for us non-scientists. A good engrossing story. The bad guy heads up a nano technology company based in Hawaii, and he micro shrinks a group of young scientist in a bid to kill them. They have to trek across the jungle to try to get back to HQ, but have only 3 days to get there. Thrilling stuff.
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- Suzy

Small Wonder (Part 1)

Received this audio book as a gift and had never read anything by Michael Cricton before, so had no pre-conceptions. I was not disappointed by this book at all. In fact, I thought it an enthralling and competently written story. I felt it reflected the classic adventure/fantasy genre well and didn't waste unnecessary complex or clever pros on something designed to be easily consumable and appeal to a broad audience. No one would claim that, for example, the Indiana Jones stories are highly sophisticated plots or characterisations, but they are successful and entertaining because they do what they are intended to do and do it without any pretensions. Having looked over a few reviews of other Cricton books on Audible, it does seem that people either like or loathe his stories, so I guess I should perhaps expect no different from this title. However, some of the overly scathing remarks made of this title are, I feel, unfair or excessively critical. I have read many books and have come across many far less enjoyable than Micro and which were far more lauded by the public. As always, any views on such things is subjective, of course, but when someone wants their money back after only listening to around 8% of the book, then I feel this is rather over the top. I checked out the position in the story that this reviewer said they gave up at and the adventure hadn't even started yet! So, to judge something as awful when things haven't really got going yet is a little unfair I think. Micro certainly leaves you with a greater understanding about the world of the small with all its beauty, wonder and terror and will make you think differently about the micro world all around us. I found this title to be very entertaining and with some unexpected elements and plot twists and well worth the read. Sure, one reviewer said it was hardly original. Well, most things aren't. True originality is very difficult as so many stories have been done before. ...
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- S. Morris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-11-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited