Grand Tour (Bova)
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  • 1
    Powersat: The Grand Tour Series | Ben Bova

    Powersat: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (14)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of spaceflight.

    Good stor (very poor edit)

    The story itself, I like a techno thriller and this delivered on that well. But I find Stefan Rudnicki's voice to be very mono-tone which makes is a h..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 April 2014 by Mr (Swindon, United Kingdom)
  • 2
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  • 3
    Empire Builders | Ben Bova

    Empire Builders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world's loveliest women. Acting as a 21st privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world's richest men in the bargain.

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  • 4
    Mars | Ben Bova

    Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    (40)
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    (30)
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    Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.

    What we could miss by not going to Mars

    I enjoyed the three books, I like the Idea that a native American is the driving force to mars, Red man Red planet etc.
    I only gave it a 4 star ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 October 2009 by Paul (Skelmersdale, Lancashire, United Kingdom)
  • 5
    Moonrise | Ben Bova

    Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    (23)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

    Classic Bova

    I'm a Bova fan as I like the combination of SCIfi with the relationship storylines that Bova writes. This is up to his usual standard and it seems you..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 March 2015 by G. Rutter (UK)
  • 6
    Moonwar | Ben Bova

    Moonwar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (14)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Seven years after the indomitable Doug Stavenger has realized his cherished dream of establishing a colony on the inhospitable lunar surface, Moonbase is a thriving community, a marvel of scientific achievement created and supported by nanotechnology: virus-sized machines that can build, cure, and destroy. But nanotechnology has been declared illegal by the home planet's leaders, and a powerful despot is determined to lay claim to Stavenger's peaceful city - or obliterate it, if necessary.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 7
    Return to Mars | Ben Bova

    Return to Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage.

    Worthy Sequel

    The prequel to this book, "mars" was my first Ben Bova read and I liked it. It engendered that sense of wonder, mystery and ever present dange..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 April 2015 by S. Morris (London, UK)
  • 8
    The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars | Ben Bova

    The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (17)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 9
    Jupiter | Ben Bova

    Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    Overall
    (24)
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    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    A good read, although not perfect!

    This book is a good read althougth the characterisation leaves a little to be desired!
    The plot is very interesting, the science seems plausible..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 July 2006 by Mr. David Drage (Aberdeen, UK)
  • 10
    The Rock Rats: Book Two of The Asteroid Wars | Ben Bova

    The Rock Rats: Book Two of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Ira Claffey, Amanda Karr, cast
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    (20)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead, but his protege, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her, for Randolph's rival, Martin Humphries, still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho, and, most of all, he wants his old flame, Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs's wife.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 11
    The Silent War: Book Three of The Asteroid Wars | Ben Bova

    The Silent War: Book Three of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Amanda Karr, Christian Noble, cast
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    (16)
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    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. Fighting escalates and the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom blur. And the keys to victory will include physics, nanotechnology, and cold hard cash.

    The Silent War by Ben Bova

    Ben Bova is a worthy successor to Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov,all his stories are brilliant and being on the verge of Science Fiction and of Scie..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 July 2010 by Joseph (Glasgow, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom)
  • 13
    Saturn: A Novel of the Ringed Planet | Ben Bova

    Saturn: A Novel of the Ringed Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki, full cast
    Overall
    (15)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    In the best-selling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries, Saturn.

    The New World

    The story starts slowly and it took me a while to get into it. It's a strange story in that the set up for the adventure seems unlikely to me.
    ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 July 2006 by Steven (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom)
  • 14
    Leviathans of Jupiter: The Grand Tour Series | Ben Bova

    Leviathans of Jupiter: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, and others
    Overall
    (14)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Ben Bova's novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter's planet-wide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant's team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet's depths. However, one of Jupiter's native creatures-a city-sized leviathan-saved the doomed ship.

    Not As Good As "Jupiter"

    Having read and enjoyed the forerunner to this story I selected "leviathans
    of Jupiter" as my next read so that I could find out more ab..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 April 2015 by S. Morris (London, UK)
  • 15
    Titan: A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery | Ben Bova

    Titan: A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    Master storyteller Ben Bova continues his multi-volume "Grand Tour" saga chronicling humanity's exploration of near space with Titan, a fast-paced thriller focused on the first manned mission to the Solar System's most intriguing world. Skillfully blending high drama, passionate characters, and daring speculation with the latest discoveries from the current Cassini/Huygens probe of Saturn's moon, Bova has crafted a heart-stopping tale of epic adventure on mankind's next frontier.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 16
    Mercury | Ben Bova

    Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (17)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space.

    Mercury, a great tale

    This book was brilliant, another great novel by the most excellent Ben Bova. I initially thought that this would be rather dull, but the author interm..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 February 2010 by Dean Wood ()
  • 17
    Mars Life | Ben Bova

    Mars Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Jamie Waterman has made an important discovery on Mars. A cliff dwelling reveals the fact that an intelligent race lived on the red planet 65 million years ago, only to be driven into extinction by the crash of a giant meteor. But now the exploration of Mars is itself under threat of extinction, as the ultraconservative New Morality movement gains control of the U.S. government and cuts off all funding for the Mars program.

    Brilliant

    Loved the continuing story line from Ben, read brilliantly by Stefan Rudnicki. I just so enjoy the the premises of there being life still on Mars just..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 August 2015 by Stephen (Mansfield, United Kingdom)
  • 18
    Venus: The Grand Tour Series | Ben Bova

    Venus: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (11)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go-or die trying.

    One of Bova's Best

    Having enjoyed Ben Bova's Mars series of stories probably the best out of the few others I'd read with his Jupiter stories coming a close second but n..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 July 2015 by S. Morris (London, UK)
  • 19
    The Return: Book IV of Voyagers | Ben Bova

    The Return: Book IV of Voyagers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (13)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    After more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to Earth to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 20
    Farside | Ben Bova

    Farside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    (25)
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    (24)
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    (24)

    Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth's radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon's solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 21
    New Earth | Ben Bova

    New Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    We've found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets doe sit hold? The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new, Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of water and a breathable, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to learn more, an exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.

    Not my kind of sci-fi. Engaging story, not precise

    Story trajectory was good, entertaining enough. But overall this book just did not agree with me.

    There were a few points that I'm afraid I h..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 October 2013 by MR (Newark, United Kingdom)