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  • Death Wave: The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 2 | Ben Bova

    Death Wave: The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    When Kell and his team return to Earth many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart.

    Joseph A. Zamarripa says: "A must for every one ."
  • Voyagers | Ben Bova

    Voyagers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Ben Bova
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    Stoner knew. The fiery object hurtling toward the Earth was an alien spacecraft. But the world might never know. He was trapped in an iron cordon of secrecy, for the discovery had shattered the world power balance, setting off a brutal struggle for supremacy that raged from the sacred halls of the Vatican to the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. The forces of fear and treachery would use any weapon at their command, from mind war to sabotage, to keep the world in darkness.

    Noe says: "Not Quite "Rendezvous With Rama""
  • Apes and Angels: The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3 | Ben Bova

    Apes and Angels: The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Humankind headed out to the stars not for conquest, nor exploration, nor even for curiosity. Humans went to the stars in a desperate crusade to save intelligent life wherever they found it. A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy's core 28,000 years ago and now is approaching Earth's vicinity at the speed of light. Every world it touched was wiped clean of all life. But it's possible to protect a planet from gamma radiation. Earth is safe.

    Joseph A. Zamarripa says: "Another great book ."
  • 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
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    Performance
    (192)
    Story
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    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.

    J says: "Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues"
  • Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card: The Audible Interview | Ben Bova,Orson Scott Card

    Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card: The Audible Interview

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
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    Acclaimed science-fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Ben Bova, along with their shared audiobook producer and occasional narrator Stefan Rudnicki, discuss audiobooks and their works in a joint interview. The authors touch on their thoughts on audiobooks vs. print editions, the effect of technology on literature, religion, science, and many other fascinating topics sure to intrigue both Card and Bova fans, as well as all audiobook enthusiasts.

    Flashotron says: "Fun"
  • Voyagers III: Star Brothers | Ben Bova

    Voyagers III: Star Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    Keith Stoner lay frozen in an alien spacecraft for 15 long years. During that time he came to be something more than just an astronaut, or just a man. Stoner became partly alien himself, merged with an alien intelligence embodied in the nanotechnology that lived inside his body.

    Jacqueline says: "A most enjoyable listen"
  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus | Ben Bova

    The Sam Gunn Omnibus

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (459)

    A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

    Elsie MacGregor says: "Quaint collection of short stories"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    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.

    Patricia says: "Great story"
  • New Earth: The Grand Tour, Book 18 | Ben Bova

    New Earth: The Grand Tour, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it 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.

    mahoneko says: "Interesting plot, dated and simplistic writing."
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    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.

    Greg(Austin) says: "Great book but substandard recording"
  • 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
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    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.

    L. says: "Excellent Bova"
  • Moonwar | Ben Bova

    Moonwar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    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.

    John Pierce says: "Didn't see it coming, not for a second!"
  • Voyagers II: The Alien Within | Ben Bova

    Voyagers II: The Alien Within

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    When Keith Stoner awoke, he found himself in a world changed almost beyond recognition. Eighteen years before, Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to capture an alien ship. The Soviets had to pull out, but Stoner persisted, and while on the strange ship, he fell into suspended animation.

    David says: "i love this story"
  • Mars | Ben Bova

    Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (403)

    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.

    Ben says: "Solid Near Future Sci-Fi"
  • Vengeance of Orion: Orion Series, Book 2 | Ben Bova

    Vengeance of Orion: Orion Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Orion finds himself thrust back to the ancient world of Greece and must prevent the Greek army from destroying the citadel of Troy. If he fails, he will lose the only woman he has ever loved. But if he succeeds, the history of the world will be changed forever. The stunning sequel to Orion (Book 1).

    Professor says: "VENGEANCE"
  • Jupiter | Ben Bova

    Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    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.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 4 | Poul Anderson,Ben Bova,Fredric Brown,Philip K. Dick,Harry Harrison,Damon Knight,Robert Sheckley,Clifford Simak

    Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Fredric Brown, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts, Cindy Killavey, Emmett Casey
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This fourth volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories contains 22 more gripping tales.

  • Moonrise | Ben Bova

    Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    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

    Brian says: "A worthy read / listen"
  • Farside | Ben Bova

    Farside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (315)

    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.

    Gordon says: "Not super impressed to be honest"
  • Mars Life | Ben Bova

    Mars Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    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.

    Lady Pamela says: "Science or Religion?"
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