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Publisher's Summary

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

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"She is better than Plamer, better than Cook... yes, even better than Crichton." (Stephen King)

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  • M
  • 04-24-16

Ist Tess book, won't be last

Excellent audiobook with great narrator. He even handled female voices well. The action, mixed with science and mystery kept be hooked from the start.

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alien life?<br />

alien life, has to exist, this story gives us a might what happen, if it does realistically

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2nd time listening.

This book was a great listen and kept me interested. I highly recommend this author.

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Possibilities are endless.

Throughly enjoyed this book. It has timely information and current topic possibilities. The reader did a good job of keeping the interest up.

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Fast moving and funderful

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.

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Fantastic

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William Dufris gives an amazing performance - yet again! And Tess Gerritsen's story is brilliant. An unbeatable combination.

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  • Emily
  • Novelty, Ohio, United States
  • 02-03-14

Gravity too far out

Would you listen to Gravity again? Why?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Tess Gerritsen before, how does this one compare?

I have always enjoyed Tess Gerritsen before. This one just did not read like one of her books.

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

Perhaps that is the reason I did not feel attached to this book. I did not have a favorite character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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  • JACK
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 01-02-13

The Best

Would you listen to Gravity again? Why?

Yes I would, it was one of the best ever written by Tess.

What other book might you compare Gravity to and why?

It is hard to compare Tess's work with anyone else.

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

Ema

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

I have never been disapointed with anything written by Tess.

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  • tom
  • DERWOOD, MD, United States
  • 12-08-12

A great listen

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Having worked on the Shuttle program this was a fun reminder of a really great job in my life!

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GREAT STORY - SCARY IDEA

Not at all what I expected from Gerritsen. MUCH BETTER. I loved the premise, I loved the plot line and characters. If you liked Gerritsen before you will love her now.

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