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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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    5 out of 5 stars

Try it, you'll like it.

This book is worth listening to even if you didn't like the author's earlier books. If you are like me, and you're interested in believable behind the scenes analysis of an airline crash, this is definitely worth your time. There is a significant subplot regarding TV news magazines like 60 Minutes which adds to the enjoyment of this book.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Vic
  • Calhoun, GA, USA
  • 06-26-03

A Good Listen & a Solid Story

I listened to this book right after listening to Timeline. At first I thought that the pace of this book might be a disappointment, but as the characters developed I became more involved and eventually found myself really wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The story is very believable with lots of relevant historical references to air transportation events. The protagonist, a women, faces not only the challenges of finding the cause of a mysterious air disaster, dealing with an unrelenting press, and avoiding being set up as a fall guy, but also the stigma of being a women in a male dominated engineering environment.

The ending is clever and will catch you by surprise if you do not listen carefully. There are lots of insights into air travel safety. If you like your pace more like that of a mystery novel, with lots of technical background, you will like this book.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Barry
  • BartonUnited Kingdom
  • 09-09-05

A must listen!

This book is fantastic, Crichton at his best! I was hooked from the start, the intricate plot is just full of fine details that makes it very believable. The story twists and turns and is thrilling from start to finish, a great listen!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Airframe Won't Disappoint...

If you like aircraft and drama, then you'll like this book. It combines technical information along with a well laid out plot of "Why?" which drives the investigation. Michael Crichton does it again in this "page turner" (if there were pages!). Enjoy!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Entertaining story

I really enjoyed the book. I couldn't quite understand the reasoning behind some of the physical threats to the main character. I don't think this added anything to the story. However, the corporate intrigue with its international implications really is a nice setting for the action. The way Crichton uses the media has a very satisfying feel about it. I thought the book started a bit slow but finished up very nicely.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Very enjoyable

I enjoyed this, and learned a great deal about the airplane industry, too. The characters were great. I was a little disappointed in the anticlimatic ending; however I guess this was based on a true story, so that's life!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lloyd
  • Spring, TX, USA
  • 01-10-06

Crichton at his best

I confess to being a Micahel Crichton fan so I was pre-disposed to liking this, and it definitely lives up to expectations. I like the female reader, Frances Cassidy, - her voice could have been made for the lead character. I enjoyed Crichton's portrayal of television news media and their need to sensationalize and, as ever, Crichton is able to wrap up a good deal of technical detail in a compelling, can't stop listening plot.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Kept me listening!

This book was much different than Timeline, more along the lines of Disclosure. The book centers on one character who I found very engaging. I was rooting for her to overcome the conspiracy against her and solve the problem facing her!

Crichton again includes lots of background info--scientific in nature--and he explains it in terms I was able to understand. For Crichton fans this is a must-read!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-09-13

an audio 'page-turner'

Thought I'd submitted one already. The author makes very technical things understandable. I'll be looking for other Michael Crichton books I've missed after this one. Apparently the only reason this one isn't a movie is that it would be too expensive. You'll never see a plane the same way again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Meh, a bit technical but at least its not preachy.

I got to the the end of the story, so it wasn't too bad, but definitely not one of Crichton's best stories. But it's also not his worst. Somewhere in the middle, below Timeline, above State of Fear, probably around Prey.The narrator was a bit monotone and it just sort of petered out at the end. Probably not worth a credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-10

AIrframe - Brilliant

This is a brillaint book excellently told in audio format. Crichton keeps you guessing and the suspense is electric right to the end. His technical knowledge is phenomenal as is his story telling skills.

Thoroughly recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 02-25-17

Should be boring...just isn't!

I love Crichton but had never tried this one before because it sounded dull compared to say Jurassic Park. I was surprised because although far fetched ( trade unionists trying to kill people) and what Crichton novel isn't i really found i had to know what had happened to the plane.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anushka
  • 02-27-09

Jet or glider?

This story is somewhere in between ... but I certainly enjoyed the ride! Not too much concentration called for so perfect for long journeys or as a distraction to mundane tasks. The storyline has 'body' though not Arnold Schwarzenegger's, no less enjoyable for that! Suspense - give it a go!


3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Just
  • 04-27-18

A Gripping Thriller

Would you listen to Airframe again? Why?

I would. A very good book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Casey Singleton, she is a very relatable heroine.

Any additional comments?

A classic, strong story from Michael Crichton, he wrote this after the Lost World, and gets back to his techno thriller basics after more dinosaur adventures. Corporate intrigue, media hype, false documents and competing personalities; Airframe has it all. And very well read by Frances Cassidy!

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  • MardiGras
  • 11-08-17

Good, could be great.

Love Michael Crichton's work, and own a lot of his books, but don't have the time these days to read them. An audio version is the perfect way for me to enjoy the books again.
This recording is ok. I particularly like that it is unabridged - a personal requirement for audiobooks. The narration itself is nicely delivered and easy on the ear. However, within the recording several lines are repeated. I looked at the text, and these usually appear where there is a page break/ new paragraph. I can't remember exactly how many times this happened, but I'd say 6 or 7. In an 11 hour book, this is not a massive problem, but it is why my review lost stars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-16

good book

Excellent book well read keeps you on the edge of your seat. Would recommend to all

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  • I Asimov
  • 11-04-15

page turner!

I really enjoyed this story and didn't want to stop listening. I liked the narrator but there was a few editing issues where narration was repeated.

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  • wookie_hunter76
  • 09-04-15

Enjoyable read

Really gripping story. Enjoyed it immensely. Nice plot twists that will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • C. Brown
  • 08-27-15

Compelling read (listen!), lazy formatting

Would you consider the audio edition of Airframe to be better than the print version?

No

Any additional comments?

Awful conversion from CD, announces when at 'the end of the disc' and has several glitches...fortunately none that completely spoilt the story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Beth
  • 04-13-13

a great read!

This story is interesting with enough twists turns and sub plots to keep even the most inquisitive reader hooked. Informative and interesting throughout - one of my favourite reads ever