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.
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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
Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.
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...
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
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. :)
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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+).
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"WOW!! A great post-apocalyptic thriller!"
SpaceMan is the start of the SpaceMan series. We know the next in the series will be Descent and the third one will be Retrograde.
SpaceMan does well as a stand alone novel although there are some unresolved issues. This novel is set in the near future. An apparent natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) shuts down electricity and communications on earth. It also damages the Russian space station which is manned by two American and one Russian astronauts. The novel deals with both the situation on the ground and on the space station. The work of an astronaut on the space station has shades of fix anything by The Martian.
SpaceMan is an outstanding novel with superb narration. I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND SpaceMan.
"The Martian redux ( with Dystopia added !)"
Love? Not sure that is the word, but I did enjoy some of the technically correct aspects of the story. The reactions of the earthbound folks seem somewhat over the top, but that is not surprising, given the precept of the overall story.
The Martian, and most EMP related dystopian novels.
Any of the space scenes were entertaining.
Moved? The scene at the truck stop was interesting.
Not a bad offering, on balance. Derivate to be sure, and certainly fits the genre, but Kevin P does his usual fine job of performing, and clearly the author has done some research.
I did obtain my copy of this book in exchange for an objective review.
"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.
"Great start to a series"
Good book that kept me interested and looking forward to the next book in the series
"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.
I enjoyed the book more when the scenes were taking place on Earth. Kevin did another outstanding job. I'm interested to see how the next book unfolds. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
"Post Apocalyptic Tale with a Twist!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
"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!
This is a good book. Excellent narrating by KevinPierce, as always but it was very short! Let's hope the second book is longer!
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