Airframe: A Novel

Written by:
Michael Crichton
Narrated by:
Frances Cassidy

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 1996
11 hours 10 minutes
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 is paramount in the public mind, a lethal midair disaster aboard a commercial twin-jet airliner bound from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a pressured and frantic investigation.

AIRFRAME is nonstop reading: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton landmark since The Andromeda Strain.
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Jerzy M.

An immersive account of an investigation into the causes of a flight accident - not dissimilar to the one conducted in 'The Rising Sun', though with slightly less suspence. The story dives deep into the daily life of an aircraft manufacturing company, with high volume of technical details and background data, characteristic of Crichton novels. There are also several quite insightful passages on modern media. The experience is very lifelike, at least to a non-expert in the field of aviation. The story is interesting if somewhat lacking in dramatic moments - not a thriller, closer to a courtroom drama. If you enjoy watching shows like J.A.G., you'll feel at home here. A masterful narrative, skillfully weaved - a model example of how to compose a story. Still, I found that two threads crucial to the investigation, a fact quite evident from the onset, are not pursued by the protagonist until very late in the story. As with many crime novels, certain facts are kept away from the reader only to be uncovered in the brillantly revealing denouement . A female narrator is not a bad choice for a novel with predominantly female characters, although some male parts come up a bit short.

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Stephen J.

A great mixture of fiction and reality. Very believable.

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