At a moment when the issue of safety and death in the skies in paramount in the public mind, a lethal mid-air disaster aboard a commercial twinjet airliner bound from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a pressured and frantic investigation.
Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.
©1996 by Michael Crichton; (P)1996 by Random House, Inc.
This book is worth listening to even if you didn't like the author's earlier books. If you are like me, and you're interested in believable behind the scenes analysis of an airline crash, this is definitely worth your time. There is a significant subplot regarding TV news magazines like 60 Minutes which adds to the enjoyment of this book.
If you like aircraft and drama, then you'll like this book. It combines technical information along with a well laid out plot of "Why?" which drives the investigation. Michael Crichton does it again in this "page turner" (if there were pages!). Enjoy!
I listened to this book right after listening to Timeline. At first I thought that the pace of this book might be a disappointment, but as the characters developed I became more involved and eventually found myself really wanting to know what was going to happen next.
The story is very believable with lots of relevant historical references to air transportation events. The protagonist, a women, faces not only the challenges of finding the cause of a mysterious air disaster, dealing with an unrelenting press, and avoiding being set up as a fall guy, but also the stigma of being a women in a male dominated engineering environment.
The ending is clever and will catch you by surprise if you do not listen carefully. There are lots of insights into air travel safety. If you like your pace more like that of a mystery novel, with lots of technical background, you will like this book.
This book was much different than Timeline, more along the lines of Disclosure. The book centers on one character who I found very engaging. I was rooting for her to overcome the conspiracy against her and solve the problem facing her!
Crichton again includes lots of background info--scientific in nature--and he explains it in terms I was able to understand. For Crichton fans this is a must-read!
I confess to being a Micahel Crichton fan so I was pre-disposed to liking this, and it definitely lives up to expectations. I like the female reader, Frances Cassidy, - her voice could have been made for the lead character. I enjoyed Crichton's portrayal of television news media and their need to sensationalize and, as ever, Crichton is able to wrap up a good deal of technical detail in a compelling, can't stop listening plot.
This book is fantastic, Crichton at his best! I was hooked from the start, the intricate plot is just full of fine details that makes it very believable. The story twists and turns and is thrilling from start to finish, a great listen!
I really enjoyed the book. I couldn't quite understand the reasoning behind some of the physical threats to the main character. I don't think this added anything to the story. However, the corporate intrigue with its international implications really is a nice setting for the action. The way Crichton uses the media has a very satisfying feel about it. I thought the book started a bit slow but finished up very nicely.
I enjoyed this, and learned a great deal about the airplane industry, too. The characters were great. I was a little disappointed in the anticlimatic ending; however I guess this was based on a true story, so that's life!
Thought I'd submitted one already. The author makes very technical things understandable. I'll be looking for other Michael Crichton books I've missed after this one. Apparently the only reason this one isn't a movie is that it would be too expensive. You'll never see a plane the same way again.
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.
"AIrframe - Brilliant"
This is a brillaint book excellently told in audio format. Crichton keeps you guessing and the suspense is electric right to the end. His technical knowledge is phenomenal as is his story telling skills.
"Jet or glider?"
This story is somewhere in between ... but I certainly enjoyed the ride! Not too much concentration called for so perfect for long journeys or as a distraction to mundane tasks. The storyline has 'body' though not Arnold Schwarzenegger's, no less enjoyable for that! Suspense - give it a go!
I really enjoyed this story and didn't want to stop listening. I liked the narrator but there was a few editing issues where narration was repeated.
Really gripping story. Enjoyed it immensely. Nice plot twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
"Compelling read (listen!), lazy formatting"
Awful conversion from CD, announces when at 'the end of the disc' and has several glitches...fortunately none that completely spoilt the story.
"a great read!"
This story is interesting with enough twists turns and sub plots to keep even the most inquisitive reader hooked. Informative and interesting throughout - one of my favourite reads ever
"Airframe or aircraft manual"
Unfortunately this book sounded like an aircraft manual, good if you want to learn more about the inner working of an aircraft. Great book to fall asleep to, don't listen to it on a long drive
I gave up halfway through this one. I agree with the reviewer who described it as an aircraft manual - way too much technical detail interspersed with ridiculous conversations between the characters to explain further. Quite a bit of repetition, too.
This is the first book I have tried by this author - probably won't bother with another.
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