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.
©1992 Ben Bova; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey." (Kirkus Reviews)
Mars is a great story, engaging, believable and descriptive. Close your eyes and you can join the crew and be a part of the atory. wasy to visualise the narrative.....well presented. I found it difficult to 'put down'. Would like to see more by this author and presenter....
Storyline is very believable even with today's technology and the narrator changed his voice and accents appropriately to each character. The only part that was a little hard to believe was the use of film and video tape (not digital) while they were on Mars but then, it was written back in 1992. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
Only one of the characters was at all likable.
Jamy's Grandfather and his strong belief and willingness to stand up for his Navaho upbringing were awesome.
This is a story about an expedition to Mars. And thats it. No surprises, no plot twists, no major highlight or peak. Mild drama and depressingly obvious plot. And what is the deal with Bova's personal "dossiers"? Too lazy to write a story that encapsulates the backstory and eloquently describes the different characters - just write a "dossier".
This book does not have a real ending ... mostly because it never gets started.
A huge dissapointment.
It wouldn't be on the top of my list to listen to again, but it was enjoyable.
No, but he did a great job on this one.
No, but it kept you interested in what was going to happen next.
Ended kind of abruptly. I thought there was more the author could have done with the end of the book. There were so many plot lines left hanging.
I've listened to several other books by Ben Bova, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, so I was pretty excited going into this new book. That excitement was quickly short lived when I realized that there was very little detail into the science-fiction aspect of the story. The technical jargon that I have come to expect from Bova was relatively absent. Not to mention that the first hour or so of the book is told through various characters, leaving no clear protagonist. I was slowly getting lost in my expectations of the book when right around the 1 hour mark, the protagonist introduces himself. It's done very surreptitiously, and you almost don't even notice it. However, once the leading character steps to the forefront of the story, that is when and where, the story comes to life!
Well, not the story story, but the backstory. You know, the little nuiansces of events that have already happened, that provide a more comfortable atmosphere for the present tense......Well, not so much here. In a very short period of time, you come to the profound realization that the backstory is so much better than the story itself! Yes, it does make the present tense infinitely more interesting, but the backstory is filled with drama, anxiety, suspense, mystery, politics, and most importantly, the darker sides of human nature. Bova really does a superb job of getting you into the minds of alot of different people, spanning the globe in terms of cultures and habits, and what he shows you is quite intruiging.
Stefan Rudnicki again does a good job in this audiobook with his wide range and his seemingly authentic accents.
In the end, the backstory detailing the human side of the Mars expedition is more compelling than any technical detail!
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
A very enjoyable look at the political and scientific challenges involved in a program of exploration of Mars. Rudnicki is great, as always. He did a more than respectable job of voices and accents.
Some of the technological references are dated and the characters take actions that I found a bit unlikely, but I enjoyed it overall. If you like your SciFi near-future and with predictable technology, then you will consider Mars to be time and credit well spent.
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