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.
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.
filled with alot of aviation industry jargon, this book is sometimes a bit hard to follow and borderline boring. However it has some great plot lines and conclusion based very much in reality.
This is Crichton as you never seen, no space microbes or dinosaurs. No swarming nanobots or speaking monkeys. This is just a great story that can happen to anyone, still it will keep toy wondering "What's going on"
In my opinion this is one of his best works.
The book struggles from the narrators performance. There's a detailed description of a violent airliner incident early in the book, and she has ZERO excitement in her voice, in fact she reads it softly. It's like she's reading a children's book, and that's what she should focus on doing.
She also reads out 'sounds' in a way that is very distracting. Like 'CLICK'. So there's sections with airline conversations over the radio, and she continues saying 'click' 'click' 'click' after each sentence. She doesn't even say the word quickly, she treats each occurrence like a independent sentence. And it goes on for over a minute.
The story is entertaining enough. Typical Crichton. I enjoyed it enough, despite realizing about 10 minutes in the narrator was no good.
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