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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Johan Harstad Narrator: Casey Holloway Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611134094
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A terrifying thriller for young adult fans of The Martian and paranormal space adventure that will be devoured in one heart-pounding sitting.

It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space--and change their lives forever. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space...no one is coming to save them.

In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thrilling read that deftly mixes horror and sci-fi in the tradition of the best space-based horror movies of the ’70s and ’80s.”

    Hollywood Reporter

  • “[A] chilling combination of science fiction and horror…Harstad effectively builds tension by moving among the perspectives of adults and teens on the Moon and on Earth…Creepy and bleak, Harstad’s story is both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Harstad combines the perfectly paced creepiness of classic Twilight Zone episodes with Battlestar Galactica’s chilling portrayal of the vast, unknowable emptiness of space. Sympathetic characters and multpile points of view keep readers engaged, but the absolute necessity of finding out what happens will keep you turning pages late into the night.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Varied accents for the three teens—who are from France, Japan, and Norway—and strong pacing showcase Holloway’s talent as a narrator. As panic sets in among the astronauts and the teens find their adult companions to be unreliable, Holloway easily delivers the rising tension, and her quiet intensity draws listeners toward the story’s chilling conclusion.”


  • “This irresistible premise is often intoxicating and occasionally downright terrifying…Ultimately, this downbeat novel offers few answers, just the cold, unfathomable depths of space—and that alone is pretty darn effective.”


  • “Gripping and suspenseful, 172 Hours will have readers constantly asking themselves how the characters can possibly. The smooth translation flows well, and, despite a somewhat slow-paced beginning, the story grabs readers and doesn’t let go…Original, creepy, intense, and quite violent, 172 Hours is page-turning sci-fi that will stay with readers long after the shocking and heartbreaking conclusion.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark All | 2/19/2014

    " This book was seriouslly scary, quite a pleasant surprise. The first part wasn't really necessary to the story, but once they reached the moon, this thing took off like Stephen King had suddenly taken over the manuscript, overdosed on caffeine and creepiness. Science-fiction horror at its best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophia | 2/15/2014

    " It was so scary but I could not stop reading. Once I finished I wished I had stopped earlier. The beginning is good with a little bit of suspense but once the story really starts it gets very scary with *spoiler alert* a lot of deaths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/2/2014

    " This book had me gripped from start to finish. Although the whole space theme may not be for some, the storyline was gripping. The suspense kept you going, not knowing and fearing, you felt the suspense yourself. Although the character building could be a little more in-depth.Overall, a very good book indeed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigrid | 1/13/2014

    " Well, I really liked this book at least for a long time. And it is very well written. So basically I liked it. And I am surely not gonna forget it. Still it was annoying in the end when I had problems finding out what had actually happened.. But except for the ending, I really liked this book. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/2/2014

    " What seems to be a publicity stunt for NASA lands a group of teens on the moon. This adventure becomes a struggle for survival against huge odds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 12/9/2013

    " This book creeped me out so much. Stupid aliens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 11/27/2013

    " Really good book, very creepy, but I enjoyed it! It'd be really cool to go to the moon! Too bad what happened in the book...otherwise, I'd really want to go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iman | 9/6/2013

    " The ending was a little creepy, not quite what I was expecting, hence the 3 stars. I liked the plot, though. And the feeling of suspense, it kept me on edge the whole time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 4/12/2013

    " Poor writing, Wikipedia-based science, completely unexplained premises, bratty characters whose behaviors make no sense from one scene to the next, and that ridiculous ending -- I could vomit on a ream of paper and produce a better novel. The whole thing is just insulting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crazy | 12/19/2012

    " this book was the best like scary story of survival. it scared me and it was an awesome story line that I had to "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikayla | 12/12/2012

    " the ending was not filling, and left me with hate, i was truly unsatisfied "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandee Terry | 9/6/2012

    " This book was pretty close to terrible. The dialogue was strange, the story had me bored out of my mind. "

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About the Author
Author Johan Harstad

Johan Harstad is the Norwegian author of Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, a Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2011; Hässelby; and DARLAH: 172 Hours on the Moon, for which he won the 2008 Brage prize in the children’s literature category. Harstad is also a playwright, graphic designer, and drummer. He lives in Oslo.

About the Narrator

Casey Holloway is an actor and voice-over artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning her BFA in theater performance from Columbus State University, she signed on as a company member and tour actor with the Lexington Children’s Theater. She is now a company member with the Sketchworks comedy troupe and is working in film, television, and voice-over. Her audiobook credits include How to Rock Braces and Glasses and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.