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Airframe Audiobook

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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    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 10-06-14
    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 10-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Whew boy. Stinky!"

    I don't get it. I found this book to drag on and not hold my attention. I'm returning it for a credit because the author does not deserve to be paid for this level of work. I ran out of Preston and Child books to read and tried this one based on the reviews. What a disappointment!

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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 04-03-14
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Kaitlin SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-18-14
    Kaitlin SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2015
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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 2015
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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 03-21-13
    Cage 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!

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    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 02-02-13
    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "BORING"

    If you want a manual on how to build an airplane and don't mind 3 or 4 acronyms in one sentence then this is for you. Very disappointing. 3 hours into it - I returned it. Had to rate the performance a 1 but actually that was the better part of the whole book.

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    Nick Mosman, Australia 12-11-12
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    "Great book, well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An excellent Michael Crichton story - based on facts woven into a fictional company and anrcraft


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A very good 'thriller' well told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Airframe to be better than the print version?

    I have never 'read' Airframe the book, but I think based on other books I have read and listened to, Airframe would fall into the 'better performed than read' catagory.

    I am old enough to still remember sitting by the 'radio' and listening to mystery stories being performed. It really does release the creative imagination to create the scene from the words and the performers provide the emphasis & context that has to be decided on the fly while reading the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The book kept moving the story forward and held my interest from beginning to end. A good book always has you asking what will happen next and I want to find out.


    Which character – as performed by Frances Cassidy – was your favorite?

    All the characters were well differentiated by Cassidy and that made the telling more interesting and allowed the imagination to do its work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A top notch thriller in the classic tradition of story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book again, but I have no plans to buy and read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-13-12
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    "lacked suspence"
    If you could sum up Airframe in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, lacked Suspense


    Would you recommend Airframe to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's fun but no Jurassic Park. I would recommend as a somewhat suspenseful easy listen. But i was hoping for more.


    What about Frances Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Frances Cassidy gave an excellent performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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