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Airframe Audiobook

Airframe

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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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    Jack Daniels 02-11-10

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    "Perfect blend of tech and drama"

    Airframe is a marvelous novel. With this book you will learn things about the aircraft manufacturing industry that most people never think of. Technically Crichton is dead on with his aviation research. His portrayal of the television news show, "Newsline" was slightly far fetched, but well within the realm possibility. Worse things then were portrayed occur in broadcast news.

    This one is well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Stony Brook, NY, USA 12-09-03
    Marco Stony Brook, NY, USA 12-09-03
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    "Kept me interested... though somewhat unbelievable"

    I have mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, I found it very interesting (being an engineer, I enjoyed the technical details). Much of the book seemed very factual, including a behind the scenes look at the making of weekly "news shows".

    On the other hand, I guessed at the ending early on... this didn't bother me too much since I had to keep listening to see if I was right. What I most disliked was the unbelievable (at least to me)underlying conspiracy story (including murder attempts).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Deming, NM, USA 09-29-03
    Robin Deming, NM, USA 09-29-03
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    "This book a must"

    This book has so many twists and turns.... I was dizzy by the time I finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    linda 03-28-14
    linda 03-28-14
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    "Michael Crichton = Boring. Is that possible ?"
    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and/or Frances Cassidy?

    I love Michael Crichton, have read his books and enjoyed his imagination very much! Highly recommend him. Frances Cassidy is not my taste.


    Has Airframe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    I find her voice grating and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Airframe?

    All of them just give me a box of rocks, (which would be more interesting than this book).


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Crichton fan. This is not even a story. I didn't even finish it because I don't care what happens in the end. No depth to the book at all. Very disappointed!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl West Chester, OH, United States 03-01-06
    Cheryl West Chester, OH, United States 03-01-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Airframe (Unabridged)"

    A good book but it dragged on about needless things. I recommend the Abridged version.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Lisle, IL, USA 07-07-03
    John Lisle, IL, USA 07-07-03
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    "Terrible"

    I've never read or listened to a book by this author and, because of the raves I've heard about other books, I was greatly disappointed and shocked that this was so bad. Maybe it was because my previous listen/read was The Fountainhead (which is hard to top) or maybe it's just because this story was, in fact, painfully slow from beginning to end with characters that didn't do or say anything remotely interesting. The first 6 hours could be summed up in about 2 paragraphs and you wouldn't have missed any plot development or interesting action. The "climax" was boring and was put together by your typical connect-the-dots format of displaying known facts in addition to the "surprise" facts that the reader isn't privy to. 2/3 of the way through I was thinking to myself that I really didn't care what happened in the end, but I should finish it because I had wasted so much time already, I might as well just finish it out. Not the sign of an interesting read. Anyway, save yourself 11 hours.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce E. Hawkins 05-07-03

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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Expecting an effort similar to Timeline, I was greatly disappointed by Airframe. Timeline was one of the best audio books I have listened to and I had strong expections for Airframe. Long, boring with only a few moments of interest.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ria 05-16-17
    Ria 05-16-17
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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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    R.W. Tucker United States 05-10-17
    R.W. Tucker United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Mark 05-01-17
    Mark 05-01-17 Member Since 2015

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Miss C.
    2/24/09
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    "Airframe or aircraft manual"

    Unfortunately this book sounded like an aircraft manual, good if you want to learn more about the inner working of an aircraft. Great book to fall asleep to, don't listen to it on a long drive

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Irish Reviewer
    11/25/16
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    "Really enjoyed this!"
    What did you like most about Airframe?

    If you like other Michael Crichton books you will enjoy this. Great twists and turns and loved the narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    TADWORTH, United Kingdom
    9/21/11
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    "Boring"

    I gave up halfway through this one. I agree with the reviewer who described it as an aircraft manual - way too much technical detail interspersed with ridiculous conversations between the characters to explain further. Quite a bit of repetition, too.

    This is the first book I have tried by this author - probably won't bother with another.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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