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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John J. Nance Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The year is 2009. For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on American Space Adventure's first commercial spaceflight is a dream come true. One grand shot of insanity and he can return to earth fulfilled. It's a bittersweet moment of triumph, however, muted by his wife's terror over his accepting the prize. The day of the launch, Kip tries to reconcile his wife's and daughters' fears and even tries calling his estranged son, to no avail. He sets off, vowing to make amends upon his return. But a successful launch quickly morphs into chaos when a micrometeor punches through the wall of the spacecraft, leaving the radios as dead as the pilot.

In the blink of an eye, Kip Dawson is truly alone and has no way of navigating the ship home. With nothing to do but wait for his fate, Kip writes his epitaph on the ship's laptop computer, unaware that an audience of millions has discovered it and is tracking his every word on the Internet. As a massive struggle gets under way to rescue him, Kip has no idea that the world can hear his cries - or that his heroism in the face of death may sabotage his best chance of survival. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/1/2014

    " As more of us think about heading out into earth orbit and deeper space, I found this unassuming, prescient story a spot-on combination of modern themes, including space accidents, personal space travel, space-junk shoot-downs, and intimate personal dramas played out to a mass audience on the Internet (sometimes unknowingly). All mixed into a thriller with a really human touch to it. Memorable scenes, well-written, even down to the foibles. Can't wait for the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsey | 1/26/2014

    " Listen to this on CD with my husband. It was really interesting and entertaining and had some really good messages hidden in the craziness of it. The flow wasn't awesome and in some ways I finished it just to finish it but there was so many things that were intriguing, funny and entertaining but also that other part where it was immoral or boring or just not extremely truthful... I think if I told you about certain parts of this book, you would want to read it so bad but then you may be disappointed that the entire book didn't have that kind of power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lavada | 1/16/2014

    " very unique story. Man trapped in a space ship. "

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

    " One of those books the stress seeker has to read involving personal problems, a first interspace flight, a punctured spaceship struck by a meteorite and a seemingly slow passing of time waiting for your eventual death. While traveling around the earth the occupant begins to write his story on a computer totally unaware this is being broadcast to the entire world. His personal thoughts, loves, regrets, innermost thoughts, all going to the world setting up a massive attempt to save his life. The entire book is well written and weaves a piece of drama you just have to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/12/2014

    " The book has a number of elements, so could appeal to readers whose tastes are more inclined towards those. For my tastes, the elements of disaster and personal drama / introspection / reminiscence were too much. I'm inclined to want more plausibility in my fiction than most people - so for me, the unending series of crises ending up with such an unlikely safe & successful conclusion was not as convincing as I prefer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Wargo | 1/11/2014

    " This was a thriller. The premise of an average guy stuck in space with a deceased astronaut blogging to the world was clever and riveting. I did this book in the audio version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Eckert | 1/6/2014

    " I've been a fan of John Nance from the time I picked up his book, Turbulence, in the library. This book, I believe is his latest, and it follows suit as a great book. John takes his interest from aeronautics to astronautics, but doesn't lose any of his storytelling abilities in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Davis | 12/25/2013

    " Quick read, about a guy who wins a trip that gives him the chance to orbit the earth. It had a similar vein as the movie, The Truman Show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suni | 12/22/2013

    " Brilliant idea for a novel and well written. What would you do if you thought you are living out the last hours of your life? It turned out to be way much better than I expected. Happy that i got a chance to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonia | 12/18/2013

    " an interesting premise for a book, although the author clearly underestimated the year in which we would have civilian space travel. however, it did make me want to go into outer space even more myself. not really enough overall development of either the plot or the characters for my liking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Edwards | 11/28/2013

    " It's an alright little adventure novel, the premise really carries it through, as the writing is not all that engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/11/2013

    " I really loved this book. The ending is a little convenient, but I liked it all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/2/2013

    " Exciting read. Could make a fun movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy Ranieri | 8/1/2013

    " I enjoy these kind of fast read books. I laughed out loud (at - not with - the storyline) though at some of the impacts the main character had to the world. But, overall the book was entertaining and I would recommend it to friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 7/16/2013

    " Couldn't stop reading, had to find out how it ended. Very thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Kepner | 5/17/2013

    " Disappointing addition to my John Nance bookshelf. He should stick to aviation-themed writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim-mike | 3/7/2013

    " Not really a sci-fi, but more of a science-based fiction novel. The story is about a customer on a commercial space flight. Very well written, and a real page-turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deon | 10/27/2012

    " Not a very well written book and was a disappointment. Some sections drag on and some good sections are hastily written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SinisterAgentMulder | 6/9/2012

    " (Audiobook) Really enjoyed this one. Feel good sci-fi story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/27/2012

    " The main character gets the opportunity to experience a life dream, to travel into orbit on the new privately operated shuttle. While in space, a micro meteor punctures the hull and kills the pilot. Now the protagonist must find a way to bring the ship home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Nowlan | 3/18/2012

    " A great story with a moral to it. Fun Sci Fi coupled with real life issues. The action keeps you glued. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arbonboy | 11/1/2011

    " Really good book about the thoughts, and concerns of a man surely expecting to die in space. It is a creative mix of space technology and philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marymary | 4/23/2011

    " Fast paced story that was very enjoyable. A bit sci-fi that I don't usually read but very well written. Nance is a new author for me so I'm headed back to the library to check out more books by him. I will not be signing up for a space orbit contest in the near future, if ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonia | 3/31/2011

    " an interesting premise for a book, although the author clearly underestimated the year in which we would have civilian space travel. however, it did make me want to go into outer space even more myself. not really enough overall development of either the plot or the characters for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on CD and was riveted. Basically, a guy wins a trip into space and then gets stranded. I tells is story over a live feed and the whole world becomes mesmerized by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonda | 8/29/2010

    " Very exciting, suspenseful book! Man is trapped alone in orbit, on a flight into space that he won... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/6/2010

    " Great story, easy to read and understand. Pretty fast moving. Hope it’s made into a movie some day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/14/2010

    " Exciting read. Could make a fun movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim-mike | 1/8/2010

    " Not really a sci-fi, but more of a science-based fiction novel. The story is about a customer on a commercial space flight. Very well written, and a real page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/24/2009

    " Slightly cheesy but a fun read that let let my imagination have a good time even after the book was done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pegobrien | 9/12/2009

    " A real page turner about being lost in space. "

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About the Author

John J. Nance is a full-time writer, a veteran airline pilot, and an expert aviation consultant recognized worldwide by the print and broadcast media. He is the author of aviation-based novels and other nonfiction works. He lives in Seattle.