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Airframe

By: Michael Crichton
Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
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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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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The story is very believable with lots of relevant historical references to air transportation events.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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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  • 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!


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  • Miss C.
  • 02-24-09

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

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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

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  • A
  • 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.

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  • Richard
  • 09-21-11

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.

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  • Ruddigore
  • 01-24-22

Licensing sophistry

How does a company the size of Amazon suddenly lose the right to provide something to me that is has provided for best part of a decade? Perhaps it is just a gentle reminder from those in charge that, despite what you might think and all that you have pod, THEY call the shots… utter nonsense

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  • Lucy Moss
  • 02-18-19

Brilliant

Superb narrator, brilliant story. I enjoyed every minute of this classic Crichton tale. Don't miss!

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  • Jim
  • 10-04-18

A top story

Even though the story is a bit dated it is still as relevant now as it was then

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  • Angela
  • 08-26-18

Yawn, useful if you want to build your own plane

Blah blah blah flaps blah blah blah button blah blah blah zzzz
Not for me this one, maybe just too much technical info

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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!