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.
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