SpaceMan : The SpaceMan Chronicles

  • by Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • Series: The SpaceMan Chronicles
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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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- Brian

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I hate books written about dumb characters doing what they do best (acting dumb) and this book is replete with them. Let's start with the concept of an EMP knocking out power to the world and the subsequent collapse of civilization as we know it. This is not a new concept, several books have been written about this idea (better books than this one) but the author treats the idea of an EMP as though it were a startlingly novel concept. A brief list of things that bugged me:

An astronaut, stranded in the space station after the event, has to painfully and laboriously reconstruct this idea, 'starting with what he knows about the sun' which is that the earth revolves around the sun. Seriously? This is where he starts? What is he, nine years old? I realize that an author has to be careful not to leave behind his audience when writing about scientific ideas but come on, does the author think that the kind of luddites who don't know the earth revolves around the sun are going to be reading his book?

A father out camping with his son and son's friend is asked to jump a stalled car. He gets out his jumper cables and walks all the way over to the site with the stalled car where the woman he's helping has to ask him where his car is. Apparently it never occurs to him at any point that he requires a power source to accomplish his task; perhaps he was going to fasten the cables to one of those current bushes my husband is always telling me about.

I found the relationships between the people in the book to be wooden and superficial; of course you can't expect in-depth characterization in a book of this type but I never felt an emotional connection with anybody, in fact as my annoyance increased, I sort of wished a gamma ray burst would follow up the EMP and wipe them all out.

Bottom line, I'd spend my money/credit on One Second After by William Forstchen or Aftermath by Charles Sheffield instead, both of which involve EMPs knocking out modern society but are just done better (IMO).
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-16-2016
  • Publisher: Piton Press, LLC