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Return to Mars | [Ben Bova]

Return to Mars

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 - all of which could doom the mission to failure.

But there are still great secrets to be uncovered on this cruel and enigmatic world, not the least being something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet's carmine cliffs...a dwelling that only an intelligent being could have built.

Listen to Ben Bova's complete Mars trilogy, including the first book, Mars, and the third book, Mars Life.

©1999 Ben Bova; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Bova makes the speculative hard science aspects of this novel vivid and appealing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    jsakeo Upstate NY, USA 10-07-13
    jsakeo Upstate NY, USA 10-07-13
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    "Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues"
    Where does Return to Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack. It was a fun continuation of the first book, Mars, but it ends kind of abruptly and there are some serious quality issues with the presentation. Any editing that was done is so painfully obvious.


    What other book might you compare Return to Mars to and why?

    Mars, the original book in this trilogy.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    Very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story was captivating and kept you wanting to listen but it started to get a little political which would push you away.


    Any additional comments?

    Rudnicki's performance was great but the editing absolutely sucked making any editing very obvious and actually obnoxious. I can't ding Rudnicki for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 08-09-13
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 08-09-13

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Unrealistic characters and plot"

    The worlds best and brightest behaving like children and arguing about mission issues that would have been decided long before launch. Professional astronauts and scientists refusing orders. I couldn't believe it.

    Rudnicki was great, as always, but not even Stefan could totally save this one.

    Book 3 is off of my future list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Toronto, ON, Canada 08-07-13
    David Toronto, ON, Canada 08-07-13
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    "Absolutely AWFUL editing"

    This is a good story but the editing of the audiobook is very poor. There are frequent jumps in level, changes of the readers voice tone and at least one place where the same sentence was read twice.

    There have obviously been a number of attempts at reading the volume and it's a slice and dice - but the recording settings and the acoustics of one of the versions were dreadful. A complete retake didn't stop someone from cobbling together a mess.

    Plainly put, the quality control was non-existant. Someone should be shouted at... which is a pity because Stefan Rudnicki's performance was pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Gouverneur Amherst, MA United States 05-04-12
    Elizabeth Gouverneur Amherst, MA United States 05-04-12
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    "Nice story, leaden reader"
    Where does Return to Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On an A-F scale I'd give it a B or B-. It was a good story though it repeated several of the characters and elements of the first book, Mars. Unfortunately the reader spoke in a monotone throughout, which was a drawback.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead, Jaimie. I liked the concept of a Navajo astronaut, and his commitment to science rather than the commercialization of the planet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was flat and inexpressive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, but I was drawn into it. The descriptions of the planet were vivid. The conflict between the powers back on earth was believable and the resolution was clever and satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    The sexual tension was overdrawn and not really necessary. I can't believe that real Mars explorers with such personality flaws would have made it past the screening. But it was an enjoyable book nonetheless.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 06-12-14
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 06-12-14
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    "Exciting"

    Mix of politics and tech. Probably would reflect factual expectation of Earthly politics if humans went to Mars. Contains a love story; exciting exploits and discoveries not before seen. Fun read. Where's my next Bova book?

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
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    "same, but good"

    nothing much new...same as the first MARS book. I enjoyed it..mostly because the narrator is stef rudnicki

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 05-02-09
    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 05-02-09
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    "It's not about the cowboy's and indians"

    It's not about the cowboy's and indians.
    I don't think that there should have been so much Plot put on the Navajo part of this book ..

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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