British Broadcaster, Photojournalist and member of LDS living in Canada.
Frances Cassidy sets the bar with her narration of this gripping Michael Crichton novel bringing the book to life in a way few other actors or narrators could hope to emulate. As for Crichton, I feel this is his best work ever and I don't say that lightly. For anyone who has a background in aviation this is one audio book that will find pride of place in your collection.
So, like most Michael Crichton books, this one had me from the beginning. The story is compelling but some of the things are a bit dry to listen to, and you can miss out on nuances when things come to light and ask you to compare.
There are a couple of nitpick things I have with it overall though. First, this was a pure conversion from a cd, including the "this story will continue on cd #". There were a couple of sections that skipped/repeated because of the cd conversion. Also the narrator tried to hard to give the main character a distinctive voice. It made her sound like a breathless ditz, which obviously she is not.
No I would not consider it better than the print version. While the narrator is quite excellent, the recording is broken in section 92 and stutters. It was clearly ripped from a scratched CD and skips and pops through this section. Luckily, it is only in this section. Also, the book doesn't say "This book is continued on disc XX ... disc XX " and then repeat the previous one or two sentences. They could have gotten a different copy to rip the CD from, they could have also edited out the disc transitions. For these reasons I give the overall a 4 star on this book.
A female narration for a story written in the female perspective.
No reaction. Just a wish that my engineering career path had led me into aviation or engineering forensics. I've always been fascinated by both of those industries, I would do well with them. But the classes I took in school and the opportunities I had to take to continue my career didn't lead me into those industries. This book makes me feel like I'm actually there, like I was on that career path.
FIX SECTION 92, TIME INDEX 4:13ish
filled with alot of aviation industry jargon, this book is sometimes a bit hard to follow and borderline boring. However it has some great plot lines and conclusion based very much in reality.
This is Crichton as you never seen, no space microbes or dinosaurs. No swarming nanobots or speaking monkeys. This is just a great story that can happen to anyone, still it will keep toy wondering "What's going on"
In my opinion this is one of his best works.
The book struggles from the narrators performance. There's a detailed description of a violent airliner incident early in the book, and she has ZERO excitement in her voice, in fact she reads it softly. It's like she's reading a children's book, and that's what she should focus on doing.
She also reads out 'sounds' in a way that is very distracting. Like 'CLICK'. So there's sections with airline conversations over the radio, and she continues saying 'click' 'click' 'click' after each sentence. She doesn't even say the word quickly, she treats each occurrence like a independent sentence. And it goes on for over a minute.
The story is entertaining enough. Typical Crichton. I enjoyed it enough, despite realizing about 10 minutes in the narrator was no good.
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.