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 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!
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.
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.
Love Michael Crichton.
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.
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.
cut down on technical details
How computers more or less fly the planes
Yes it compares
On a couple of occasions gave up listening due to the highly technical data
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!
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!
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.
An excellent Michael Crichton story - based on facts woven into a fictional company and anrcraft
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.
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.
All the characters were well differentiated by Cassidy and that made the telling more interesting and allowed the imagination to do its work.
A top notch thriller in the classic tradition of story telling.
I will listen to this book again, but I have no plans to buy and read the book.
Fun, lacked Suspense
It's fun but no Jurassic Park. I would recommend as a somewhat suspenseful easy listen. But i was hoping for more.
Frances Cassidy gave an excellent performance
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