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.
I enjoyed learning about airplanes and the airline industry but the end of the story was too much of a easy happy ending. and who was the guy in the red checkered shirt?
I have read three books by Michael Crichton and they have all been extraordinary. These were State of Fear, Jurassic Park, and the Lost World. I fully intended to read Crichton's entire canon. However, I have changed my mind after reading this book. This book is amazingly well researched and I feel like I know more about airframe manufacturing than I ever - ever - cared to know. But that's just it. Unless you're an aviation enthusiast, the details of the manufacture and quality assurance of airframes is probably going to be pretty dry. And that it was. Dry. It was mechanical and it was forced. I read an interview with Michael about this story and he said that the real reasons behind airline accidents were really fascinating and surprising in some cases. The funny thing is, I don't think he picked a fascinating case for his novel. It was extremely anti-climactic and it was just dull. It was full of jargon and the only semi-interesting part were the dynamics of modern-day journalism. I think I will take a break from Crichton's work for a while after this. If you're interested in airline accidents, read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers instead.
I liked the story but halfway through it started cutting in and out and I lost interest for a while had to struggle to get back into it because the worst choppiness was in a very interesting dramatic part overall is low because of that
It was usual Crichton, you will be smarter once you've come to the end. It was immersive and technical but, I am a Crichton fan so I'm a bit biased.
She was a bit weak but the story carried her through.
"You'll never fly the same way again"
As I said, I'm a Crichton fan, I love his style, which is kinda wordy and his stories follow similar path but that's not something different from a lot of other authors. I miss him, wish there were more...
I don't get it. I found this book to drag on and not hold my attention. I'm returning it for a credit because the author does not deserve to be paid for this level of work. I ran out of Preston and Child books to read and tried this one based on the reviews. What a disappointment!
Michael Crichton is an excellent writer. This is not a sci-fi book, rather it is a drama/thriller. I enjoyed very much but it had a couple loose ends which I will not disclose hence writing a spoiler. This is a 4 star book. It is not a classic, but it does keep your attention and with a great performance by Frances Cassidy. I would recommend this for a nice comfortable read. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.
You think there might be something crazy going on. It is so mysterious and intriguing, but close to the end you realize *spoilers* ABSOLUTELY NOTHING INTERESTING OR NOVEL HAS HAPPENED and you have been falsely lead to believe there is more to this plane crash than a dumb small pilot error.
Love Michael Crichton.
I feel like I learned a lot about the airline manufacturing industry and regulations than I ever thought I'd care to know. Crichton is a master of making science facts a joy to read about. Even though the book ends up feeling like a huge waste of time, it is an enjoyable listen for the most part.
This book is right in line with what you can expect from Michael Crichton, well planned out story, easily readable, and rich in technology.
It's a great formula for those like me that are eternally curious about the minute details of science or tech. But it might be a turnoff for someone easily bored by it.
I loved this book, and will probably read it again next year. But it's not a five star work. Just a really good story.
The narrator totally nailed it. Perfect performance. I hope they use her for many more.
Overall, this one earns a solid four-star rating.