Gravity

  • by Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

More

What the Critics Say

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

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A different kind of Gerritsen

I've read/listened to a lot of Tess Gerritsen books and I do really like her writing. This was the first one however read by a man. At first I wasn't sure but when I got used to his voice, I began to really enjoy listening. The story itself was very different from Gerritsen's usual work, but I found her description of life on the International Space Station fascinating. The whole space theme was brilliant and brought a claustrophobic intensity to the plot. Well written and well read; I can thoroughly recommend this book.
Read full review

- Mrs

A riveting listen

I've enjoyed many of this author's detective Rizzoli novels and so was surprised at this completely different style of book. It's a fast-paced thriller with the characters in severe jeopardy as a mutant life-form contaminates the orbiting space-station. The multi-layered story encompasses the hazards of space travel, biological science, medicine, governmental secrecy and the power of human love. There is enough accurate medico-scientific detail to make the scenario scarily convincing and I couldn't stop listening as the riveting story unfolded.
The narrator conveyed the anxiety-provoking tale with panache,
Read full review

- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio