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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781442350083
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel’s detailed descriptions of life in space consistently ring true, and the progress of the breakout is satisfyingly horrific.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] gripping novel.” 

    Booklist

  • “A strongly plotted thriller about a plague-like epidemic on a space station.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Fenn | 2/18/2014

    " I've enjoyed Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles books before, but I'd heard that she could also deliver a spine-tinglingly terrifying tale - this is the first of hers that I've read that really delivered on that aspect. Some of the scenes in this story of a biological and medical catastrophe, on board the International Space Station, were truly shocking and horrifying. The emotional rollercoaster she takes you on, through the series of life and death decisions, not just for individuals, but the potential threat to humanity, both took my breath away and seemed way too close for comfort with the recent activity to allow commercial space craft to dock with ISS. A truly outstanding piece of literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine Causley | 2/5/2014

    " Read the blurb on the back of this book and didn't fancy it at all then I read the reviews on here so decided to give it a bash - absolutely gripping couldn't put it down and finished it in one day flat - an excellent read if you can overlook the far-fetched ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey Raehtz | 2/4/2014

    " Kind of a cross between Michael Crichton's Sphere and Jurassic Park, but not quite as well written as either one. Kept me interested throughout, however, and I'll probably read a few more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 1/29/2014

    " Pretty good, plausibly interesting sci-fi and medical suspense. Quick read along the lines of Crichton, but I liked this much more than anything Crichton has written in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 1/11/2014

    " Great brain candy. Very fast-paced. Creepy and suspenseful. Actually one of her best books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/24/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron xx stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 12/6/2013

    " AWESOME book! Especially enlightening now that the US is no longer launching space flight... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/3/2013

    " A MUST read for any science fiction lovers... a friend recommended the story and I thoroughly enjoyed its possibilities.... it could happen... and what would YOU do? Am now enjoying Tess's other works. I've discovered a new author to catch up on! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Kay Vogt | 10/27/2013

    " spellbinding, could not put it down. reminded me a little of Dan Koontz and Robin Cook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/5/2013

    " this if my favorite of her books that I have read. Its a real page turner and a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 10/2/2013

    " I thought the story was predictable and slow. In fact, I became bored and stopped listening to the audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda Elizondo | 9/23/2013

    " This woman can write a medical thriller!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 8/30/2013

    " Not one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Cooper | 6/2/2013

    " Probley, my most favourite book I have ever read. Even if I didn't understand the volcabuary, it would still keep my on edge. I cannot wait until it is made into a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lian Villareal | 5/3/2013

    " I finished it on one sitting. This book is VERY GOOD! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon Howard | 2/17/2013

    " This was a crazy, suspenseful story. I learned a lot about our space program and what can happen when someone tries to cut corners and get things done faster. You just cannot put this book down. Tess is a master of suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 1/28/2013

    " A decent medical thriller but nothing super special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Whiting | 1/4/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Every couple years I reread this and refall in love every time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 10/9/2012

    " This is a very entertaining book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/6/2012

    " Super fun, super gross, biology/sci-fi thriller. But also pretty predictable. Perfect for a vacation read, except that its so gross. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/7/2012

    " Kind of slow starting out but got better. "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.