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.
The story is compelling and the performance is very good, only issues are with the way the chapters are split up. The chapters on the audiobook I downloaded were each around 2 mins long overall not an issue, however several times throughout the story when it changed audible chapters the story would repeat the previous 30 seconds. Although distracting, it did not take away from the overall performance.
This is a fabulous story that was hard to put down. Sadly, the recording was so unprofessionally produced that it was painful to listen to at times. The voice over was unexceptional, but the real problem was the long pauses (sometimes in the middle of a sentence), and the many repeated cuts. Shockingly poor quality control!
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.