Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: Blair Brown
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: November 1996
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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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.

Reviews (12)


Written by Stephen J. on June 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great mixture of fiction and reality. Very believable.


Written by Holly on August 10th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I was a bit disappointed in this one. I normally love Michael Crichton and this just didn't seem to be one of his better stories. It felt a little slow moving at times and the climax was a bit anti-climactic. I normally enjoy the techincal information Crichton displays in his books, but this time it lost something.


Written by Gee from Southfield, MI on January 6th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Decent story but should not have been abridged. Left a lot of questions in my mind.

Incomplete Set but...

Written by Ray from Pasadena, CA on May 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Originally received 2 of 3 CDs. Customer Service quickly responded with new (and complete) set. Thought that the story was good but the ending could've been expanded a bit. Perhaps the unabridged version would have been the answer. Found myself stretching out my drive home each night so that I could finish listening to it.


Written by Brad Schwartz from Charlotte, NC on August 1st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Recieved damaged set, waiting for new set, then I will present an objective review with regard to the Airframe contact.

Held my interest, but that's it

Written by andy h from Harrisburg, PA on November 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I was less than captivated by this abridged version. It's incredibly short, and I didn't find any of the edge of your seat aspect that others have mentioned. Each clue toward the ending was so obvious as it appeared that there was no surprise at the end. It's a decent story, and the narration was wonderful, but it just didn't thrill me.


Written by Anonymous on October 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a classic on the edge of your chair Michael Crichton page-turner. The only negative comment I have (and why I only gave four stars instead of five) is that since this is an abridged version I frequently felt like information was missing and some of the action was not fully motivated or explained. I think I would have preferred the unabridged version, but this one was still very good.


Written by Anonymous on March 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was very excited when I received the book. but I did not really enjoy the story. I did enjoy all of the technical infomation about the aviation field, though.

Exciting story!

Written by Anonymous from Brandon, MS on October 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This story helped reassure my fears about air travel!! Airframe was very interesting and the narration was wonderful. I enjoyed this audiobook immensely!


Written by Jeff Wesenberg on June 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, it kept me guessing until the end. Additionally, the technical information about the aerospace industry was enlightening.

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.