I had gotten the abridged version on cd-rom as a gift and really liked it. I was hesitant to get a download audiobook as I prefer to have the media as a backup, so I was happy to see I could do that with audible and the unabridged version is quite funny, though rater R, the unabridged was I realize now had quite a bit removed though I still enjoyed it. I now much prefer the unabridged version.
I just wish I had known that it was going to be a tech manual. Oh well, live and learn. Well written and a great narrator.
Although this was an interesting topic and an author I really enjoy I constantly found myself tuning out and having to back up to re-listen to what I had missed. There are lots of little details, it's told almost all in one tone of voice, the characters are hard to get to know, and then all of a sudden at the end it becomes engaging, interesting, suspenseful and worth listening to. It's your call if you're willing to go through the first half or more at a slow pace.
Good book but not great. There was no compelling story to keep you on the edge of your seat. Crichton is very thorough as usual. I would still recommend it because a fair book from Crichton is still better than most.
I was impressed with the detail that the Mr. Crihton wnet into. I am a cnc programmer/machinist and I relate to some of the problems in tracking a problem. Loved it
A good book but it dragged on about needless things. I recommend the Abridged version.
Look, I love Michael Crichton. Timeline kept me captivated. And Jurassic Park? Amazing. This was a humdrum story of corporate espionage with wooden two dimensional characters and read like a screenplay. The glimpse into the inner working of aeronautics was the only thing that made this not a terrible book. The narrator was a little flat and detached here, which only added to the workmanlike quality of this book. Prey, another Crichton novel, was almost the same feel.
I selected this book after listening to "Prey" thinking that another book by Crichton would also be suspenseful and well-written. Big mistake. This is a terrible book. To add insult to injury, the narrator is lousy. To preserve his reputation, Crichton should remove this book from distribution. I'm sorry I wasted my money and my time. I wish I could give this book a zero.