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The Last Astronaut

Narrated by: Megan Tusing
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Summary

A huge alien object has entered the solar system and is now poised above the Earth. It has made no attempt to communicate.  

Out of time and options, NASA turns to its last living astronaut - Commander Sally Jansen, who must lead a new team in an old spacecraft to discover the object's purpose and hopefully make First Contact.   

But as the object reveals its secrets, what started as a mission of discovery becomes a struggle for survival - not just for Jansen's team, but for the whole of humanity.

©2019 David Wellington (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Timely and terrifying, The Last Astronaut propels us deep into the mysteries of space...breathless, compulsive reading." (Christopher Golden)  

"Gripping authenticity and an uncompromising white-knuckled pace...A terrifying tour de force." (James Rollins)    

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Famous 5 meets Rama

Not particularly impressed with this book, feels like an adolescent style of writing and I struggled to warm to any of the characters, in fact they’re pretty irritating. Plot wise It reminded me a of rendezvous with Rama mashup, although Clark’s book whilst dated is superior.
I also didn’t get on well with the narrators style.

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Great concept and narration.

I enjoyed this. Novel concept. Kinda like Heart of Darkness meets Event Horizon, although I think it petered out at the end. Certain characters felt tropey in places. Great narrator.

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I wanted to scratch my eyes out

The sheer horror of Jansen’s journey through the bowls of 2i are the stuff of nightmares. The story narrator really brought this tale to life, it felt like we were right there with Jansen, alone in the emptiness of space, side by side with her as she makes her way through the belly of the beast.

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replication

Repeat of an old story with poor narration. Not scifi just a tale of horror. Endless over dramatic voice which varied from a monotone to persistent repressed squeals. Suspect the author, as a child, found a maggot in an apple and his parents never explained.

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A slog from start to finish

I wanted to enjoy this book I love this kind of scifi but it fell flat for me in the end wasn't really gripped at any point and the narrators voice was annoying at times.

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70s teenager sci-fi

Reminded me of the sci-fi I read in the 70s as a kid but worse. Didn't finish.

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I wanted it to be more

I really wanted to love this. There's a lot to like - the basic idea is great, the plotting works well and the story has a good pace.

But the characters completely spoilt it.

They vary from flat out incompetent (and that's one of the main characters), to insipid and whiney, to bullying and aggressive. An underlying sexism shows through to me - with the men being 'real' men who dominate and bully, even if they're not in charge; or emotional women who can't perform like their male counterparts. They're all incredibly unlikeable, despite the narrator's best efforts to put some life into them.

The end result is that the potential of the story is wasted by not caring if any of them survive. I don't mind that it's an obvious copy of 'Rendezvous with Rama' or 'Eon' - both of whom are far superior versions of the same story - but when you can see how much the story could have been lifted by better characters, it feels like a missed opportunity.

Read it for the ideas but avoid it if you want to care about the people.