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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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Great book, bad narration and editing of the audio

Would you listen to Airframe again? Why?

I might listen to this again because the story is excellent but the narration leaves something to be desired. Plus, I can't tell you how many times the audio had been spliced together poorly. You could tell that the narrator stopped to take a break and when she came back she started reading again from the previous paragraph. The overlap was never edited out of the final product.

What didn’t you like about Frances Cassidy’s performance?

I can't tell you how many times the audio had been spliced together poorly. You could tell that the narrator stopped to take a break and when she came back she started reading again from the previous paragraph. The overlap was never edited out of the final product. Also, she didn't really seem to try changing her voice much or putting very much emphasis into her reading.

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  • Lichtenburg, South Africa
  • 07-09-17

Excellent

Loved the detail and the obvious research. Thoroughly interesting, informative and enjoyable. Great book, great author

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Great narrator, great build-up, lackluster conclusion

Great narrator- she was enjoyable to listen to. The build up of the story was very good with interesting and thorough details of commercial airplane flight and manufacturing, and good character development. My issue was with the ending. I feel like the author had several exciting directions to take the plot and he went with a very bland and uninspired ending.

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Bad narration and average book

Too much flight detail left the storyline empty.
Narration faults irritating. This is a book that will far better received when read by yourself

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Book has some flaws, the end is fun though

Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and/or Frances Cassidy?

Frances Cassidy did a decent job. The characters were hard to tell apart but that's Crichton's fault for introducing secondary characters that had no role.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A particular scene of danger for the main character made no sense, had no repercussions, and the main character didn't seem to react to it at all. Either Crichton flaked or the editor insisted it be in there, but otherwise it was weird.

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Still waiting for the movie!

One of my favorite all time Crichton books. It reads very much like a movie and is highly entertaining.

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At his best

Airframe shows how well Crichton can make a novel out of something that would normally be quite boring.

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Story was a little slow, but still good

the story was hard to get fully engaged, I put it down a couple of times and started again later. I love Crichton, and this one was good, but not his best.

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Completely worth it

It was a little slow at points but it all came together at the end. Completely worth it.

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Great story some recording bugs

As an aviation nut I enjoyed the technically correct airplane jargon. The story walks you through very easily though if you aren't an aviation nut.

The story is like a crime thriller finding the cause of the incident.

The characters behave like real people trying to do their respective jobs.

Only hiccup is the chapters where very short and sometimes a couple sentences were copied from one chapter to the next. Not a big deal, but that's the most negative thing I can think of. Loved the rest of it.