My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
This was a very good book. Crichton didn't skimp on the suspense. Full of "real" information and stats. Frances has a very sexy voice and a good grasp of character voices. My only complaint would be that she carried the sexy voice through suspenseful chase scenes which didn't work well for me. I would have preferred that she read these areas with a suspenseful voice to add flavor to the story. But instead it was read like a love scene. I was expecting the character to go into an orgasm rather than her escape from someone trying to kill her. Maybe on Frances's next reading of some book she'll get it right.
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.