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  • 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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.

    Mobile says: "Really Different Couldn't Stop Listening"
  • 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
    (444)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (399)

    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"
  • 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
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    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.

    Ryan says: "complete let down don't waste a credit! !"
  • 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
    (240)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (225)

    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."
  • 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
    (750)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (353)

    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.

    Todd says: "Fun"
  • Moonwar | Ben Bova

    Moonwar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    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!"
  • 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
    (167)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    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"
  • 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
    (191)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    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 says: "Great book but substandard recording"
  • Mars | Ben Bova

    Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    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"
  • 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
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    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.

    Chris says: "Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)"
  • Gateways: Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl | Elizabeth Anne Hull (editor),Greg Bear,Gregory Benford,Ben Bova,David Brin,Neil Gaiman,Harry Harrison,Larry Niven,Vernon Vinge,Gene Wolfe

    Gateways: Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Anne Hull (editor), Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and others
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    It isn’t easy to get a group of bestselling SF authors to write new stories for an anthology, but that’s what Elizabeth Anne Hull has done in this powerhouse book. With original, captivating tales by Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Gene Wolfe, and others, Gateways is a SF event that will be a must-buy for SF readers of all tastes, from the traditional to the cutting edge; from the darkly serious to the laugh-out-loud funny.

    Kindle Customer says: "Sensawonda"
  • Orion and the Conqueror: Orion Series, Book 4 | Ben Bova

    Orion and the Conqueror: Orion Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    John O'Ryan is Orion - more than human, less than a god, cast away on the seas of Time to do battle among the Creators for the future of mankind. Now the eternal warrior finds himself separated from his great love, Anya, and marooned in Macedonia under the reign of Phillip - fighting alongside the young Alexander, and at the mercy of a Queen Olympias who is far more than she seems.

    john says: "My first Ben Bova book, and I loved it"
  • 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
    (275)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    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.

    jsakeo says: "Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues"
  • Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction | Ben Bova (editor),Eric Choi (editor)

    Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ben Bova (editor), Eric Choi (editor)
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
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    In Carbide Tipped Pens,over a dozen of today's most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries.

    Lisa Davidson says: "Actually Four and a Half for Provocative Stories"
  • The Winds of Altair | Ben Bova

    The Winds of Altair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Earth is an old planet, and her teeming masses are running out of resources - and time. It is up to men such as Jeff Holman to discover a haven for Earth’s millions. Altair VI is one such planet, and Holman is determined to transform this world into one where the human race can survive. Star probes long ago informed Earth that Altair VI had a flourishing ecology with one very tough beast at the top of the food chain, one that will have to be dealt with before the human colony ships arrive. The beast is not only tough, it is as smart as a man. Holman is faced with a soul-wrenching decision - for to make Altair VI habitable for humans, all native life must die.

    Chavous Camp says: "Before Avatar was Altair"
  • Orion in the Dying Time: Orion Series, Book 3 | Ben Bova

    Orion in the Dying Time: Orion Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (90)

    At the end of the Cretaceous Period, Earth is in the grip of the dinosaurs. Their leader is a reptile, worshipped by the Egyptians as a powerful god for thousands of years. His mission is to destroy the Creators - Orion's masters - and rule the planet.

    Stephen says: "Fun Continuation Of The Series"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    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.

    Steve Cross says: "A little disappointing"
  • Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy | Arthur C. Clarke,Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Ben Bova,Isaac Asimov,Greg Bear,Fritz Leiber,Connie Willis,Dan Simmons,Jane Yolen

    Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ben Bova, and others
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau, Ken Howard, Jack Carter
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Watch out - the Earth just fell into a dark sun's orbit! Or maybe you'd rather visit a theme park called Hell? These are just two of the strange and unnerving tales you'll find in this collection of great science fiction and fantasy stories.

    Noah says: "Cute stories, clunky format"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    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.

    Matthew says: "Someone turn on the air conditioning please..."
  • Empire Builders | Ben Bova

    Empire Builders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    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.

    Jan Saell says: "And excellent book and hard to stop listen to"
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