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Airframe | [Michael Crichton]

Airframe

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.
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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce E. Hawkins DFW, TX 05-07-03
    Bruce E. Hawkins DFW, TX 05-07-03 Member Since 2002

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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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL 04-03-14
    Christopher Miami, FL 04-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book but, could have been deeper and better"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    linda fredericksburg, VA, United States 03-28-14
    linda fredericksburg, VA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Michael Crichton = Boring. Is that possible ?"
    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and/or Frances Cassidy?

    I love Michael Crichton, have read his books and enjoyed his imagination very much! Highly recommend him. Frances Cassidy is not my taste.


    Has Airframe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Frances Cassidy’s performance?

    I find her voice grating and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Airframe?

    All of them just give me a box of rocks, (which would be more interesting than this book).


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Crichton fan. This is not even a story. I didn't even finish it because I don't care what happens in the end. No depth to the book at all. Very disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaitlin SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-18-14
    Kaitlin SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-18-14
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    "Edge of your seat dissapointment"
    What disappointed you about Airframe?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton again?

    Love Michael Crichton.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Will Concord, MA, United States 12-27-13
    Will Concord, MA, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth a listen, for the right audience"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Stoughton, WI, United States 07-15-13
    Pete Stoughton, WI, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Technical"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    cut down on technical details


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How computers more or less fly the planes


    Have you listened to any of Frances Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes it compares


    Did Airframe inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    On a couple of occasions gave up listening due to the highly technical data

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 03-21-13
    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 03-21-13

    I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!

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    "Crash Course in Avionics..."

    I love Michael Crichton's work, especially the educational portions, and Airframe gave me some insight into the world of the airline industry. This one was typical Crichton, with lots of cool info, average character development (not unusual for this author), and best of all, it was a quick-moving, fairly short novel. Crichton completists, don't let this one fly over your head!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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