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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (Nov. 27 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679455655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679455653
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.5 x 12.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 172 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 492 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,566,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cruising 35,000 feet above the earth, a twin-engine commercial jet encounters an accident that leaves 3 dead, 56 wounded, and the cabin in shambles. What happened? With a multi-billion-dollar company-saving deal on the line, Casey Singleton is sent by her hard-driving boss to uncover the mysterious circumstances that led to the disaster before more people die. But someone doesn't want her to find the truth. Airframe bristles with authentic information, technical jargon, and the command of detail Crichton's readers have come to expect. Check out's Airframe feature and read an excerpt from the book! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like his role model, H.G. Wells, Crichton likes to moralize in his novels. In this slight, enjoyable thriller, the moral is the superficiality of TV, especially of its simplistic news coverage. Readers willing to overlook the irony of this message being broadcast by the man who created TV's top-rated drama (E.R.) will marvel again at Crichton's uncanny commercial instincts. The event that launches the story, conceived long before TWA Flight 800's last takeoff, is an airline disaster. Why did a passenger plane "porpoise"-pitch and dive repeatedly-enroute from Hong Kong to Denver, killing four and injuring 56? That's what Casey Singleton, v-p for quality assurance for Norton Aircraft, has to find out fast. If Norton's design is to blame, its imminent deal with China may collapse, and the huge company along with it. With Casey as his unsubtle focus-she's one of the few Crichton heroines, an all-American gal who's more plot device than character-Crichton works readers through a brisk course in airline mechanics and safety. The accretion of technical detail, though fascinating, makes for initially slow reading that speeds up only fitfully when Casey is menaced by what seem to be union men angry over the Chinese deal. But as she uncovers numerous anomalies about the accident, and as high corporate intrigue and a ratings-hungry TV news team enter the picture, the plot complicates and suspense rises, peaking high above the earth in an exciting re-creation of the flight. It's possible that Crichton has invented a new subgenre here-the industrial thriller-despite elements (video-generated clues, for one) recycled from his earlier work. It's certain that, while this is no Jurassic Park, he's concocted another slick, bestselling, cinema-ready entertainment. 2,000,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; film rights sold to Disney for a reported $8-$10 million; simultaneous large-print edition and Random House audio and CD editions.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
_Airframe_ is absolutly not his best novel to date, but it is a nice conclusion for his nay-saying 90s.

Since the _Jurassic Park_ in 1989, Crichton becomes an author that bashes a lot. He attacks biotech, and Japanese tycoons, and femm, so to get readers' attention. We now know why he did it. It is all about the power.

From the beginning of Crichton's writing career in mid-60s, he writes a lot on female issues. I have all 8 John Lange books, but only read two of them so far, so I can't say too much about this period. But started from his _A Case of Need_ (a book written under the psuedonym "Jeffery Hudson", a famous 19th century dwarf), Crichton wrote intensively on female issues. In this book, a young woman seeking for independence dies for malpractice of abortion, then illegal in the pre-Roe-vs-Wade United States. A doctor (written in third person, I remember) who wants to clear the bad name for his American-Chinese collegue started to investigate...

The dead body, Karen Rendall, is the mascot of a Boston-based medical family. She wants to escape from her reality, and failed. That's why she lost her life.

The movie _Carey Treatment_ is loosely based on this novel, and is lousy to death. It is just another seen-and-forget whodunit flick Hollywood made every year. If you want to read more about this issue, read Robin Cook's _The Acceptable Risk_. It mentioned about another Boston raised family girl. Her medical career, medical boy friend, and best-of-all, the Salem witchcraft trial that links herself and her 17th century great-...-grandmother. This is a nice book talking abot the forming of role model to a woman who does not know what to do.

Women in Crichton's books are evolving.
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Format: Hardcover
A trans-Pacific flight from Hong Kong encounters severe turbulence leaving several passengers dead and many more injured. Casey Singleton, who is in charge of Quality Control for the airplane manufacturer, is assigned to head the internal investigation into what went wrong. But it soon becomes apparent that someone doesn't want her to figure out what happened. Add to it a labor dispute, and not only is the future of the company in jeopardy, but Casey's life as well.
"Airframe" offers an amazing and interesting insight into several industries. I learned some very interesting things about how the airplanes are made and the tests and regulations required. While reading it I even felt a bit uneasy about flying, and found that I paid a lot more attention to the operations of the jet the next time I flew. But not only was the book informative (for a work of fiction, anyway), but it was also a lot of fun to read. Maybe not my favorite Crichton book, but I really enjoyed it.
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By A Customer on March 30 1997
Format: Hardcover
Poor Michael Crichton! He's fallen into temptation! Temptation of the big $$$ that the movie industry pays him to translate his latest novel into a screenplay. I remember Jurassic Park. It was a novel I just couldn't put down. I read it in 10 hours! Its sequel, The Lost World, was slightly disappointing after the tense thiller that proceeded it, and Congo, well, let's not get into that. I have many Crichton novels, and some are hit and miss, but none so disappointing as AIRFRAME.
I'm married to a pilot, and read aloud the situations in which Casey Singleton found herself. We had a good laugh at this one! And contrary to what some of your "book reveiwers" say, American aviation is safe... real safe, as Michael Chrichton knows and which is why he wrote about it. Unfortunatly this book followed the TWA Flight 800 disaster. I'm sure many of your readers expected something quite similar in plot. Must say though, Michael, that you hit it on the nail when you portrayed the press. BRAVO! I too enjoyed the chapter with the reporter tossing her cookies! (realistic to have her aboard? NEVER!)
Was so looking forward to this book, only to be greatly disappointed. (This book was a Christmas gift too!) Sure hope you can come up with something that is written for the reader (remember us, your loyal fans?) and NOT for the big screen!
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A good book must include many literary devices, to keep the readers attention and interests in a book. These devices must be used to end up with a good book as the finished product. In Michael Crichton's Airframe, like many of Crichton's other works, it seems as if he gets interested in a topic and says this will make a good book, disregarding most literary and writing devices. In this book Crichton dazzles the reader with superfluous details of the Aircraft industry, but he forgets the use of all-literary terms, but possibly imagery and tone. Crichton lays the story and characters out forgetting character and story development, theme, and nearly all plot structure. The only device he uses well is imagery, and he goes to great extents to use this. Airframe is filled with detail and imagery that makes the reader feel as if they are in the hanger with Casey going through the fuselage checking every wing panel and frame board, but again that's all the story has. This story has cookie cutter characters that don't develop, and are only described in vast detail, and not thought out in the least and a plot that is transparent, and is predictable from nearly the title of the story. The story suffers much from the lack of these key components, but makes up for it somewhat with the meticulous details and tidbits. Tone in most cases, should be used to help the reader better understand the novel, like most literary devices, however tone in this story is negligible, or having a negative affect. The tone in this story is one that you might call casual or informal. This tone doesn't change anything about the other literary devices, but again helping with the descriptions and imagery. Overall this book is lacking many of the devices it needs to be a compelling, well written novel, and instead is a mere thriller that might help one understand more about the aircraft industry along with its people.
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