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.
No I would not consider it better than the print version. While the narrator is quite excellent, the recording is broken in section 92 and stutters. It was clearly ripped from a scratched CD and skips and pops through this section. Luckily, it is only in this section. Also, the book doesn't say "This book is continued on disc XX ... disc XX " and then repeat the previous one or two sentences. They could have gotten a different copy to rip the CD from, they could have also edited out the disc transitions. For these reasons I give the overall a 4 star on this book.
A female narration for a story written in the female perspective.
No reaction. Just a wish that my engineering career path had led me into aviation or engineering forensics. I've always been fascinated by both of those industries, I would do well with them. But the classes I took in school and the opportunities I had to take to continue my career didn't lead me into those industries. This book makes me feel like I'm actually there, like I was on that career path.
FIX SECTION 92, TIME INDEX 4:13ish
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.
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