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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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    Todd Orange, Australia 05-28-12
    Todd Orange, Australia 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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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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    Tigger United States 10-20-11
    Tigger United States 10-20-11 Listener Since 2008

    Earthling

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    "Narration is absolutely the best"

    Well written story. The profanity could have been toned down a little bit. Frances Cassity is marvelous as a narrator. She does a voice for each charactor and when she reads the logs you can see it happening. She has a wonderful voice and is able to do so much with her voice. I can actually see the charactors talking and arguing in this book.

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-27-11
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-27-11 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Very intriguing!"

    This was a very good book. Crichton didn't skimp on the suspense. Full of "real" information and stats. Frances has a very sexy voice and a good grasp of character voices. My only complaint would be that she carried the sexy voice through suspenseful chase scenes which didn't work well for me. I would have preferred that she read these areas with a suspenseful voice to add flavor to the story. But instead it was read like a love scene. I was expecting the character to go into an orgasm rather than her escape from someone trying to kill her. Maybe on Frances's next reading of some book she'll get it right.

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    Carlos Santiago holtsville, NY, United States 05-07-11
    Carlos Santiago holtsville, NY, United States 05-07-11

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    "Better than abridged"

    I had gotten the abridged version on cd-rom as a gift and really liked it. I was hesitant to get a download audiobook as I prefer to have the media as a backup, so I was happy to see I could do that with audible and the unabridged version is quite funny, though rater R, the unabridged was I realize now had quite a bit removed though I still enjoyed it. I now much prefer the unabridged version.

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    Pamela Palmetto, FL, United States 02-22-11
    Pamela Palmetto, FL, United States 02-22-11
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    "Not my style"

    I just wish I had known that it was going to be a tech manual. Oh well, live and learn. Well written and a great narrator.

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    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-18-10
    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring till almost the end"

    Although this was an interesting topic and an author I really enjoy I constantly found myself tuning out and having to back up to re-listen to what I had missed. There are lots of little details, it's told almost all in one tone of voice, the characters are hard to get to know, and then all of a sudden at the end it becomes engaging, interesting, suspenseful and worth listening to. It's your call if you're willing to go through the first half or more at a slow pace.

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    rob 05-27-10
    rob 05-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fair"

    Good book but not great. There was no compelling story to keep you on the edge of your seat. Crichton is very thorough as usual. I would still recommend it because a fair book from Crichton is still better than most.

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    Michael McAlester, OK, United States 04-23-10
    Michael McAlester, OK, United States 04-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "great book"

    I was impressed with the detail that the Mr. Crihton wnet into. I am a cnc programmer/machinist and I relate to some of the problems in tracking a problem. Loved it

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