I got to the the end of the story, so it wasn't too bad, but definitely not one of Crichton's best stories. But it's also not his worst. Somewhere in the middle, below Timeline, above State of Fear, probably around Prey.The narrator was a bit monotone and it just sort of petered out at the end. Probably not worth a credit.
Airframe is a marvelous novel. With this book you will learn things about the aircraft manufacturing industry that most people never think of. Technically Crichton is dead on with his aviation research. His portrayal of the television news show, "Newsline" was slightly far fetched, but well within the realm possibility. Worse things then were portrayed occur in broadcast news.
This one is well worth the listen.
I have mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, I found it very interesting (being an engineer, I enjoyed the technical details). Much of the book seemed very factual, including a behind the scenes look at the making of weekly "news shows".
On the other hand, I guessed at the ending early on... this didn't bother me too much since I had to keep listening to see if I was right. What I most disliked was the unbelievable (at least to me)underlying conspiracy story (including murder attempts).
I've never read or listened to a book by this author and, because of the raves I've heard about other books, I was greatly disappointed and shocked that this was so bad. Maybe it was because my previous listen/read was The Fountainhead (which is hard to top) or maybe it's just because this story was, in fact, painfully slow from beginning to end with characters that didn't do or say anything remotely interesting. The first 6 hours could be summed up in about 2 paragraphs and you wouldn't have missed any plot development or interesting action. The "climax" was boring and was put together by your typical connect-the-dots format of displaying known facts in addition to the "surprise" facts that the reader isn't privy to. 2/3 of the way through I was thinking to myself that I really didn't care what happened in the end, but I should finish it because I had wasted so much time already, I might as well just finish it out. Not the sign of an interesting read. Anyway, save yourself 11 hours.
Expecting an effort similar to Timeline, I was greatly disappointed by Airframe. Timeline was one of the best audio books I have listened to and I had strong expections for Airframe. Long, boring with only a few moments of interest.
A very interesting look behind the scenes of the airline industry. This story is filled with a lot of technical details which some readers will love, and some will hate. Odds are if you're a fan of Michael Crichton's technique and writing style you will more than likely love this story.
I enjoyed learning about airplanes and the airline industry but the end of the story was too much of a easy happy ending. and who was the guy in the red checkered shirt?
I have read three books by Michael Crichton and they have all been extraordinary. These were State of Fear, Jurassic Park, and the Lost World. I fully intended to read Crichton's entire canon. However, I have changed my mind after reading this book. This book is amazingly well researched and I feel like I know more about airframe manufacturing than I ever - ever - cared to know. But that's just it. Unless you're an aviation enthusiast, the details of the manufacture and quality assurance of airframes is probably going to be pretty dry. And that it was. Dry. It was mechanical and it was forced. I read an interview with Michael about this story and he said that the real reasons behind airline accidents were really fascinating and surprising in some cases. The funny thing is, I don't think he picked a fascinating case for his novel. It was extremely anti-climactic and it was just dull. It was full of jargon and the only semi-interesting part were the dynamics of modern-day journalism. I think I will take a break from Crichton's work for a while after this. If you're interested in airline accidents, read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers instead.