Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for years for the mission of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. Jack McCallum, Emma's estranged husband, has shared her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded and embittered him. He must watch from the sidelines as his wife prepares for her first mission to the international Space Station.
Once aboard the space station, however, things start to go terribly wrong. A culture of single-celled organisms known as Archaeons, gathered from the deep sea, are to be monitored in the microgravity of space. The true and lethal nature of this experiment has not been revealed to NASA. In space, the cells rapidly multiply and soon begin to infect the crew - with agonizing and deadly results.
A recovery attempt ends in catastrophe: the NASA shuttle crashes, killing all onboard, and the space station is left dangerously crippled. Emma struggles to contain the deadly microbe, while back home, Jack and NASA work against the clock to retrieve Emma from space.
But there will be no rescue. The contagion now threatens Earth's population as well, and the astronauts are left stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station - where they are dying one by one....
Written with an exacting eye, Dr. Tess Gerritsen ensnares the imagination with Gravity, her most steely, unforgettable thriller yet.
©2010 Tess Gerritsen (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"She is better than Plamer, better than Cook... yes, even better than Crichton." (Stephen King)
Audiobook close to eleven hours of listening, narrated by William Dufris. If you are looking for a book based on the movie of the same name, this is not the same story. The movie is regarding space junk slamming into the space shuttle. This book is the story of a deadly pathogen that has infested the International Space Station.
This is a worthy listen. Tess Gerritsen did a considerable degree of research, or if not, has a terrific imagination. Technical errors will slip right by the average reader (listener), or anyone not schooled in medical science or space station environmental detail.
The lead character is the team doctor, astronaut Emma Watson. Her husband has washed out of the astronaut program due to a minor health issue and has the typical male reaction … they’re in the process of divorce. In an effort to make the space station profitable, NASA is providing zero gravity experimental expertise to private companies. Astronauts conduct and monitor experiments in close collaboration with these companies and their scientists. One such project goes horribly wrong. Is this an accident, terrorism, a personal vendetta? Under the threat of a world pandemic and space station employees becoming infected, NASA fights not only the pathogen, but the United States military. From 19,000 feet below the ocean surface to orbiting the earth 250 miles above, thrills abound. Nice tension, unexpected events. Lots of goo and gore. Thus is the thrust of Gravity.
Very little profanity, always appropriately timed. No gratuitous sex scenes, a clean read.
Dufris is an excellent narrator. Great job with male and female voices alike.
Don’t hesitate to provide as a gift. Stayed up too late! Enjoy.
It was great to listen to a book that did not bore me to the point of death with minutiae of characters. It has a plot which is easy to follow and enough detail to make the plot plausible. It was fun and entertaining. Full of action, it was hard to put it down even though I anticipated the next misadventure in the story. The only drawback was that I could anticipate the next surprise.
No, I would not listen to Gravity again. It seems too far out of my realm and melo-dramatic. I certainly would not want to see the movie based on the book.
I have always enjoyed Tess Gerritsen before. This one just did not read like one of her books.
Perhaps that is the reason I did not feel attached to this book. I did not have a favorite character.
No, I listen when I am in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. Generally, I listen in 15 to 20 minutes spurts that way if no one interrupts me. Having said that, even if I had been listening while driving my quarterly year trip (four 20 hour round trips a year) I would have chosen a different book to keep me company for the long drive.
Although it has the same name as the Sandra Bullock movie and features a female astronaut lost in space, it bares no relationship. It’s a medical thriller set on the space station where a mysterious illness causes everything to go wrong that could go wrong. I read it because Stephen King listed it as one of his favorite books. It was solid and exciting from start to finish, but not great by any stretch. Bechdel test: pass.
Having worked on the Shuttle program this was a fun reminder of a really great job in my life!
I have not read the print version of Gravity.
So far, the plot is fine, not gripping, but would be a good airplane read.
The formatted review asks: What didn't you like about Campbell Scott's performance?
I bought the book specifically because the narrator is advertised to be Campbell Scott.
What I didn't like is that whoever the narrator was, he was definitely not Campbell Scott.
Another reviewer says that the narrator was William Dufris. Dufris is a fine narrator, a little bit nasal to suit my ears, but he read the story well.
When you are expecting Campbell Scott and get William Dufris it is kind of like taking a drink of what you think is going to be fresh-brewed unsweetened iced tea and getting a mouthful of instant sweet tea instead.
False advertising. Extremely disappointing,
I want my money back.
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