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Sunday, May 18, 2014

ORBIT (audiobook) by John J. Nance

Published by Brilliance Audio in 2006
Read by the author, John J. Nance
Duration: approximately 6 hours.

This near future science fiction book is actually a ¨near past¨ book now. Written in 2006 but set in 2009 (why would Nance set the date so close to the date he published it? I just ignored the date and went on).  

 The premise of the book is that private, simplified space shuttles are regularly flying back and forth to the international space station, to put satellites into orbit and to take space tourists for a day trip into space and back. Kip Dawson, a salesman, has won a trip to space - the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. His wife, however, is sure that this trip will result in disaster and has told Kip that if he goes she is leaving with the kids and going back to live with her father.

Kip decides to go anyway, figuring he will make up with his wife when he comes back. But, when a tiny meteor passes through the shuttle, destroying the radios and drilling a hole right through the head of the pilot Kip realizes that he has to bring the shuttle down all by himself with no outside help or just stay in orbit and die. Turn out his wife was right after all.

John J. Nance, the author, read this audiobook himself. I was a bit leery about this and was not encouraged when I first heard Nance. But, he grows on you and by the end of the story I was riveted (sorry, no details - I want to avoid spoilers).

I rate this audiobook 5 stars out of 5.

This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here:Orbit: A Novel

Reviewed on May 18, 2014.

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