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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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    Amazon Customer 07-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    ""Disclosure" with female lead."

    Audio has a few skips and "chapters" are absurdly short, so don't lose your place.

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    LJV 07-11-15
    LJV 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, terrible narration"

    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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    doG ma Denton, TX, US 06-22-15
    doG ma Denton, TX, US 06-22-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Not my favorite Crichton story, but very good!"

    A very interesting look behind the scenes of the airline industry. This story is filled with a lot of technical details which some readers will love, and some will hate. Odds are if you're a fan of Michael Crichton's technique and writing style you will more than likely love this story.

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    S. Praly 06-02-15
    S. Praly 06-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very much enjoyed both the story and reading."

    The narration is spot on to this great and entertaining thriller. Chrichton delivers again.

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    Marcos Martinez 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great technical - too tidy ending"

    I enjoyed learning about airplanes and the airline industry but the end of the story was too much of a easy happy ending. and who was the guy in the red checkered shirt?

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    Dalana 04-08-15
    Dalana 04-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Forced"

    I have read three books by Michael Crichton and they have all been extraordinary. These were State of Fear, Jurassic Park, and the Lost World. I fully intended to read Crichton's entire canon. However, I have changed my mind after reading this book. This book is amazingly well researched and I feel like I know more about airframe manufacturing than I ever - ever - cared to know. But that's just it. Unless you're an aviation enthusiast, the details of the manufacture and quality assurance of airframes is probably going to be pretty dry. And that it was. Dry. It was mechanical and it was forced. I read an interview with Michael about this story and he said that the real reasons behind airline accidents were really fascinating and surprising in some cases. The funny thing is, I don't think he picked a fascinating case for his novel. It was extremely anti-climactic and it was just dull. It was full of jargon and the only semi-interesting part were the dynamics of modern-day journalism. I think I will take a break from Crichton's work for a while after this. If you're interested in airline accidents, read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers instead.

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    monica 03-17-15
    monica 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "cutting in and out"

    I liked the story but halfway through it started cutting in and out and I lost interest for a while had to struggle to get back into it because the worst choppiness was in a very interesting dramatic part overall is low because of that

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    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 01-06-15
    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I miss you Michael"
    Where does Airframe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was usual Crichton, you will be smarter once you've come to the end. It was immersive and technical but, I am a Crichton fan so I'm a bit biased.


    What about Frances Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    She was a bit weak but the story carried her through.


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

    "You'll never fly the same way again"


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I'm a Crichton fan, I love his style, which is kinda wordy and his stories follow similar path but that's not something different from a lot of other authors. I miss him, wish there were more...

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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 2017
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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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