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Airframe Audiobook

Airframe

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Publisher's Summary

Three passengers are dead. Fifty-six are injured. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane...


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.

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    Dean 11-05-11
    Dean 11-05-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Meh, a bit technical but at least its not preachy."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Daniels 02-11-10

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    "Perfect blend of tech and drama"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Stony Brook, NY, USA 12-09-03
    Marco Stony Brook, NY, USA 12-09-03
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    "Kept me interested... though somewhat unbelievable"

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Deming, NM, USA 09-29-03
    Robin Deming, NM, USA 09-29-03
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    "This book a must"

    This book has so many twists and turns.... I was dizzy by the time I finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Lisle, IL, USA 07-07-03
    John Lisle, IL, USA 07-07-03
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    "Terrible"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce E. Hawkins 05-07-03

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    "Huge Disappointment"

    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.

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    jamie s. 09-21-16
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    "great book"

    great book and a excellent story very well written kept you guessing until the end

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    Joseph Solomito 09-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book. Too Short."

    I read this book when it first came out in print but it was long enough ago that I had only a general recollection of the plot but I remember enjoying it so I gave it a try. As usual, Crichton does not disappoint. Well researched blend of technology and drama that makes it hard to put down. My only complaint is that it is so entertaining I wish it was twice as long. If you are a Crichton fan do not miss this one. If you have never read (or heard) one of his books (is that even possible?) cut your teeth on this one.

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    Amazon Customer 07-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, weird cuts for chapters"

    The story is compelling and the performance is very good, only issues are with the way the chapters are split up. The chapters on the audiobook I downloaded were each around 2 mins long overall not an issue, however several times throughout the story when it changed audible chapters the story would repeat the previous 30 seconds. Although distracting, it did not take away from the overall performance.

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    John M Simon 07-05-16
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    "Great story, lousy recording"

    This is a fabulous story that was hard to put down. Sadly, the recording was so unprofessionally produced that it was painful to listen to at times. The voice over was unexceptional, but the real problem was the long pauses (sometimes in the middle of a sentence), and the many repeated cuts. Shockingly poor quality control!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    9/21/11
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    "Boring"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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