Orbit is the kind of book that is very good on CD because the story is intense and with few main characters, it is very easy to follow on CD. Kip is an unhappily married man, with strained relationships with his children and a lot of regrets about his life, who wins a lottery and a trip aboard a spacecraft orbiting earth. No one in his life seems to care very much about what he wants, and although his family bitterly opposes his taking this trip, he decides to go anyway.
Through a freak accident, he is marooned in space with no communication to earth and only a few days of oxygen. Kip decides to spend his last 5 days of life before the oxygen runs out composing a reflection on the most important events and relationships of his life on a laptop computer that he believes no one will see in his lifetime. Instead, his most private thoughts are getting through to earth via a web downlink - and around the globe millions of people are following his line by line dissection of his life, and how he wishes he could have changed it. It would have been improved with more reactions from his family and acquaintances on earth as they heard his most private thoughts, but all in all, a very good book on CD.
Imagine you are a civilian orbiting the earth in a space ship, and a miniscule particle pierces the hull and kills your pilot. There you are...all alone...no radio, but you do have a laptop computer. You decide to write your memoir as you wait for air to run out, and as you are writing down your memories, they are being transmitted to earth.
A little too much on the technical side for me, I would have liked more about Kip's life and how people in his past felt about reading about themselves; but it was a nice read.
Excellent read, hard to put down.
I really enjoyed this book and the way it featured an ordinary citizen being able to inspire so many others all across the world.
A layman wins a trip on a sub-orbital civilian flight that turns out to be a very exciting and unexpected ride. Holds your interest very tightly
a great thrill ride into space.