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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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    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.

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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

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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
    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.

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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


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    Todd Orange, Australia 05-28-12
    Todd Orange, Australia 05-28-12
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    "Not a "Whodunit?" But a "Whatdidit?" Excellent!"
    Would you listen to Airframe again? Why?

    Maybe. Once I've listened to something, no matter what it is, I usually won't go through again. I'm too eager to move onto something new. That said, it's a fantastic book well worth another listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Casey Singleton. I liked reading a book from a female perspective for once. She is an intelligent woman with a strong sense of integrity. Her persistence and resolve in struggling to find the truth of the flight incident made for a great character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the final interview between Reardon and Singleton. It was a scene that had been building all through the book and was always going to be a nail-biter in terms of which path Singleton chose to take. Her cleverness and battle of wits against Reardon made for a thoroughly entertaining finale.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I remember absolutely despising Jennifer Malone. Instead of trying to cut to the truth of the matter, she always let her emotions control her actions. That said, I loved every time she got put in her place by Singleton and anyone else who stood their ground against her constant barrage of misleading questions and questionable ethics.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the whole structure of the book in the way that it is kind of a murder mystery, but instead of trying to find out who the killer is, the investigative team is against the clock and trying to find what went wrong with the aircraft. I love how Crichton explained engineering and plane mechanics in Layman's terms so that the reader could follow along and be swept up in the investigation and burn to know the truth behind what went wrong. This truly is Crichton at the top of his game.

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    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 04-17-12
    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top

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    "Not as good as I thought it should be."

    Probably my fault but I was expecting more action. Instead I learned about the paperwork of an airline manufacturing company which a little goes a long way. I kept waiting for something to happen but it just never did.
    Ending was a let down - felt like I could have spent my time more wisely.
    This author is usually on my top 3 but not today with this one.

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    Kevin Bungowannah, Australia 11-09-11
    Kevin Bungowannah, Australia 11-09-11
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    "One of his best"

    I really enjoyed this one, having read most. A lot of - could this really happen - definitely exists in the book given corporate greed these days. MC has been writing before his time with technology and vents that could happen in most of his books. A really good read.

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