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SpaceMan Audiobook

SpaceMan

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Clayton Shepard is 249 miles above Earth when the lights go out.

He has no communication, limited power, and an unbreakable will to survive.

His one goal: find his way back to his family.

Shepard is an astronaut on his first mission to the International Space Station.

When a violent blast of solar magnetic radiation leaves him stranded in orbit, he's forced to use his wit and guile to find a way home.

He has no idea what he'll find when he gets there.

SpaceMan is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian tale that tells the survival story of a man and the family he left behind. It's written with the help of former astronauts, NASA team members, and well-respected astrophysicists that give SpaceMan a unique sense of detail and desperation.

©2016 Piton Press LLC (P)2016 Piton Press LLC

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    Norma Miles 05/12/2016
    Norma Miles 05/12/2016
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    ""Tell me this is a dream.""
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    The International Space Station is at half strength and two of the three astronauts are outside conducting emergency repairs when it is caught up in unexpectedly violent magnetic storm. So begins the nightmare for Clayton Shepherd, the one man left aboard. With all communication lost, he cannot tell if his companions are still alive, has no way to seek help from Houston, or even know what might be happening on Earth below him, and to his family there. For a short while he will be safe - but not for long.

    This is a remarkable reworking of the often-too-similar (even if excellent) post apocalyptic stories which tend to follow small groups of people battling to survive over time as the situations worsen and social breakdown as well as hunger force people into ever increasing barbarism. Instead, this book concentrates on Shepherd's dilemma in his isolation as his space station hurtles onward at five miles per second, and the experiences of his wife and two children caught up in the aftermath of the coronal mass ejection back on Earth. And it covers only the first few hours. The characters are fully three dimensional and the whole scenario feels very real. The confusion felt, the pain of loss and fear for loved ones who cannot be contacted is palpable whist the decisions made by the astronaut of only ten weeks experience are real hold your breath stuff. Kevin Pierce's narration adds to the feeling of verisimilitude, his impeccable reading, his distinctive voicing of the various protagonists and his perfect pacing of the book make this a superb performance, no histrionics just solid story telling.

    My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of Spaceman, via Audiobook Boom.. It was well written, informative, unusual, very exciting and perfectly narrated. Although complete in itself, there is ample room for another, continuing story and I will definitely be looking out for it. An excellent book and one I have no hesitation in recommending

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 23/02/2017
    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 23/02/2017 Member Since 2016

    Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.

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    "One for the newbies?"

    I love post apocalyptic fiction and I know its hard to not tread well trodden paths...... If I had listened to this at a future point when the full series is complete, I expect I would possibly have downloaded and listened to about the 3rd or 4th in the series of ten - just out of interest and then probably lost interest.... Actually this could be set in several series of post apocalyptic stories I have already done this with. It is not that this is a bad book at all, in fact if this was my first listen to the genre I would have loved it and been really keen for more, if you have not listened to a lot of post apocalyptic fiction and are interested - you will love it. If like me you have listened to many variations of the apocalypse, this one is a gap filler but nothing new here, I may possible download the next 1 or 2 but having been here before really I probably wont...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kanundra 06/12/2016
    kanundra 06/12/2016 Member Since 2016

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Excellent new spin on this genre!"

    I remember reading the synopsis in Audiobook Boom and having listened to a few of Kevin's narrations already I thought I'd request the book.

    I admit, I wasn't too sure about the 'space part' but this book was a very unique tale that I soon got behind.

    The fact is no one expects bad news, or something to happen so quick that you don't get to think, feel or react without severe consequences. What happens here for Clayton, his family and those who are close is very hard to swallow.

    The fact is it could happen, at anytime. And the more I listen to these kinds of stories from the authors that Kevin has narrated, the more I'm concerned. The realistic 3d characters that these writers portray, especially Tom are a joy to the ears. Everything happens for a reason, every character twist and turn is there because I can clearly see them as real human traits.

    The story is not without it's horrid situations, no one can see a plane crash and listen to people dying and not be turned off, but also feel... it's the feeling and the emotion that this story evokes in you, that really makes this one stand out in the crowd.

    I am not that upset that it ended when it did, but it's defo part of a larger story, that I hope won't be too long in production for the next one. Highly satisfied that I listened to this, and I thank both author and narrator for the experience. It was so different from most other Post Apocalyptic books, that it would stand out amongst the best. Very, very well done guys. And I really want the next one! like now! haha

    But, patiently will wait. :)

    This audiobook was provided through AudioBook Boom free of charge, and without obligation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    21/11/16
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    "The Martian & a post-apocalyptic tale have a baby"

    While I might compare this to The Martian (which I absolutely loved, FYI) -- Tom Abrahams' SpaceMan was different. Where in The Martian he was stranded on Mars because of a storm, this story follows an astronaut who is aboard the International Space Station when a massive CME (coronal mass ejection) plunges the station into darkness.

    The narration for SpaceMan was done by the amazing Kevin Pierce, who kills it as always. I've said it a bunch of times, but he really has the perfect Post-Apocalyptic voice. I was so pleased to find out that Pierce and Abrahams were teaming up again for this book (and hopefully series). Pierce is able to provide the perfect narration to Abrahams writing style.

    The story itself, as with all of Abrahams' stories was perfect. The pacing and writing just flowed so effortlessly. I put this audiobook on last night and wanted to listen for a half hour or so -- I ended up listening for almost 2 hours. And even today, I couldn't put it down. Listening on my way to work, on my lunch break, and any other time I could find time.

    The combination of a Post-Apocalyptic world and astronauts is such a fresh and unique point of view, I couldn't get enough. Thankfully, there will be more -- with Descent being written as the next story in this series. Also, if you're curious -- the entire story does not take place in space. You also get to meet his wife and child and a few other people who are around the family. The back and forth from space to Earth was also really different and made the book feel that much more real.

    The main character, Clayton, made me laugh numerous times throughout. The way that he kept himself from freaking out or from losing it was so humorous (I won't ruin it here, just know it's funny). And the ability to make a person laugh when the person they are reading about is in a dire situation is a rare commodity.

    Overall, the fresh take on post-apocalyptic fiction -- mixed with the humorous main character make SpaceMan an incredibly enjoyable book, and honestly easily a contender for the best book I've read this year (out of 150+).

    I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • CJKB1993
    10/01/17
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    "Good Book"

    This is a good book. Excellent narrating by KevinPierce, as always but it was very short! Let's hope the second book is longer!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • martina wearstler
    MEDFORD, OREGON, US
    31/12/16
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    "Ended too abruptly"

    Good story, little too real in how the world would behave in an apocalyptic situation
    loved the space station aspect
    the reader was awesome.
    But I hate the story was obviously divided
    Into two books, making this one to short.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lilyn G.
    15/12/16
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    "Mildly interesting story with a great narrator"

    Spaceman was a decent post-apocalyptic speculative fiction novel. I hesitate to call it science fiction because it very much seemed based in the right here and now. This book felt like it could happen tomorrow, with no adjustments needed to push the tech forward or back. I think the Martian has ruined me for any astronaut stories for a while, though. Because when one of my fellow reviewers mentioned this was kind of a cross of The Martian and Post-Apocalyptic work, I went into it with the expectation of much snark and geekery. Instead what I got was a more serious tale of human pluck.

    The more serious note of Spaceman isn't a bad thing. It's just not what I was expecting, and I think I did myself and the book a disservice by going into it with a certain set of expectations. Regardless, though, Tom Abrahams does a good job of telling the story of Clayton Shepard on the ISS. The steps that Clayton must take, the surroundings, and his frequent internal monologs all are believable. Considering the situation the poor guy is in, he does a remarkable job. Abrahams keeps the viewer aware of how close to losing it Clayton is without ever actually overdoing it.

    The author also does a good job chronicling the first few days after the solar storm, and how everything would play out. The chapters with Clayton are set against chapters talking about what is going on with his family down on earth. Both the tale of his wife and daughter, but also the separate tale of his young son, who was in a slightly different situation when everything happened. His wife and daughter are not quite as interesting as Clayton is, but they feel very real. His son is pretty much a nonentity. A character that's present only to allow the author to tell the tale of another set of adult characters.

    There is a good bit going on, but readers don't have to worry about keeping track of a lot of stuff. The novel covers only a handful of days after the initial event that throws everything into chaos. This is only part one of a planned series, so it's really more of an introduction to the characters than anything. That, and the tale of Clayton trying to find a way to get back to his family, of course.

    The pacing is decent. The dialogue is appropriate. You easily find yourself rooting for Clayton. The author wisely doesn't spend a lot of time burdening the reader with frivolous details. In terms of how it weighs up against other post-apocalyptic works - Clayton's struggles aside - it's not horrible. It doesn't exactly shine with originality, but it's not forgettable either. Clayton's struggles definitely make the book.

    My favorite part of listening to Spaceman was the narrator. Kevin Pierce does a fantastic job reading post-apocalyptic works. There's just something about the soothing tones of a grandfatherly voice that make you want to sit in rapt attention. The timbre of his voice makes up for the lack of range, because he simply doesn't need to be able to do a lot.

    Overall, I enjoyed Spaceman. Just not enough that I'll actively seek out more of the series in the future. However, I am definitely open to listening to more of Kevin Pierce's narration in the future.

    I think if you liked the idea of The Martian, but were intimidated by all the science and such, Spaceman might be more your speed.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the narrator for review consideration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Lawrence
    07/12/16
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    "Good narrator, story was 8/10"

    I got this book as a free gift from the narrator, Kevin Pierce. Related to that, I've reviewed other Kevin Pierce narrated novels and enjoy them a lot. Overall I like the narrator even when the actual book has some issues.

    Kevin did a great job on narrating this novel. I want to declare that first so that I can discuss the novel itself.

    At a high level, the level of detail of the ISS was pretty good. But the behavior of astronauts and cosmonauts wasn't. The main protagonist that gets sent to the ISS is under trained and LITERALLY would not ever qualify for being sent upstairs. The behavior of the people onboard is not representable by experience of the dozens of people that have been up on the ISS over the last 20+ years.

    Beyond that, the story is interesting and following along with an astronaut trying to get home is reasonable.

    Book is a 6/10, Kevin's narration is a solid 10.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JLee
    Clarkston, MI
    05/12/16
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    "Great start to a series"

    Good book that kept me interested and looking forward to the next book in the series

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JMcB
    02/12/16
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    "Love child of Apollo 13 and One Second After!!"

    Excellent. New twist on EMP that definitely entertains. There is only slight suspension of disbelief--knowing the resilience and intelligence of the men and women throughout the astronaut corps. Beware of cliffhanger--but not a horrible one--there will definitely be another book and I will definitely get it. Kevin Pierce was the perfect voice for Abrahams Spaceman. Abrahams merges two of my favorite genres flawlessly to create a story I will revisit.

    Highly recommend

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Mahoney
    Golden Valley, AZ USA
    01/12/16
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    "Post Apocalyptic Tale with a Twist!"
    What made the experience of listening to SpaceMan the most enjoyable?

    This was not the standard Post Apocalyptic Tale where a CME(coronal mass ejection) happens and the lights go out. The lights do go out but it starts in space at the International Space Station. That is what made this the most enjoyable. It added a whole new element to the normal story of the end of the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Clayton. He was an American engineer astronaut when the event happens and he wants to save the 2 others with him and get home to his family on earth. That is some deep blue hero stuff right there.


    What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

    Kevin Pierce knocked it out of the park again. He should be a national treasure for this genre. He brings a story to life like no other person can. I have picked up audio books based entirely on the fact that he is the narrator. He is just that good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Clayton was going outside the station to try and see if the others were alive and he missed his hook up to the next connection and was floating free from the station. I was utterly terrified for him.


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Audio Audits
    CHATSWORTH, CA, US
    01/12/16
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    "Post-Apocalyptic, Space Odyssey"

    Wow, what an amazing story and it marries two of my favorite sci-fi scenarios, being stranded in space and a post-apocalyptic thriller. Clayton Shepard and two fellow astronauts are docked at the International Space Station when a catastrophic solar blast hits the earth, taking the entire planet “off grid” and deals a fair amount of damage to the space station and its inhabitants. The story builds just enough tension in the space odyssey segment and then switches gears and paints a pretty terrifying picture of what’s transpiring at the same time on earth.

    Clayton Shepard’s wife Jackie has been holding down the fort at home when the apocalypse hits and she’s no wallflower when the going gets tough Jackie gets tougher and her only priorities are keeping her family together and reuniting with Clayton. Even though the connection between Clayton and Jackie is told strictly through flashbacks, the strength of their bond is undeniable.

    My favorite character in the book is Nikki, my shero, look up the word kick ass and her picture should be there! This is one woman you want on your side in the apocalypse. This Audiobook has stellar writing and great supporting characters that you care about, I can’t wait for the next installment.

    If you’ve ever listened to a Tom Abrahams audiobook, chances are you’ve heard Kevin Pierce narrating and there’s a reason, he’s one of the best, especially in the sci-fi genre. You know you’re going to get a first-rate audio production and he’s that rare narrator who does an outstanding job fully voicing all of the characters, you never get lost wondering who’s talking, each character is distinct and Kevin Pierce makes it sound so effortless.

    Buy or credit this book is a definite add to your library!

    This audiobook was given to me to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review, thanks, Audiobook Boom!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    06/03/17
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    "Apocalypse while on the space station"

    A solar CME (coronal mass ejection) leaves Earth and the ISS (International Space Station) without electricity. Clayton Shepard is an astronaut on his first mission on the ISS, and he will have to find a way to rescue his two colleagues who were on an EVA at the moment of the CME, and try to get back to Earth before life support fails completely. On Earth his wife Jackie will suffer the consequences on a different level but not less stressful, taking care of their daughter and part of the neighborhood, while their son is on a camping trip with a friend.

    The premises of this book is so good, and the blurb mentions that some NASA team members collaborated on this, that I was ready for a hard sci-fi book. The parts at the ISS were a bit, but I found them a bit confusing like they were somehow not very well described. I had problems to visualize what Clayton was doing and the space he was in. Even though the book is titled 'Spaceman' most of the action happens on Earth, where we see the rest of members of his family facing a post-apocalyptic world in which almost everybody has become selfish and cruel. The ISS part was a bit original, but not the part on Earth; we found the same stereotypes than in many other books. Nevertheless, I found that the riots started too early, while at the same time some people were still working at gas station stores. It just did not make a lot of sense.

    The action in the book is quite slow, and the several flashbacks, instead of helping us to know the characters better, make the story drag. I was not able to connect to any of the characters, and Abrahams failed at transmitting their emotions and Clayton's sense of urgency at the ISS. I found myself not really caring for any of them, which bothered me since the setup was really great.

    I have read comparisons between this book and the Martian, and even Clayton mentions Matt Damon during his ramblings while fighting for his life, but I would not put both books at the same level. As I have just said, I did not get the sense of urgency, nor could I connect to any of the characters. I just wanted to laugh at Clayton's sense of humor but couldn't.

    In the end, I felt cheated. Clayton's story, the one giving the title to the book, is just a small part of it, and it is not even finished. I understand that this will be a series, but the end was quite underwhelming.

    Kevin Pierce's narration was spot on, though, and he tried to transmit the characters emotions, even though they were not clear in the text. I am looking forward to other books narrated by Pierce.

    I have found this book basically anecdotal. The fact that part of it happens on the ISS makes it more interesting, but the rest of the material did not live up to my expectations. Just another post-apocalyptic story.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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