Grand Tour
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  • 1

    Powersat: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    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"
    Great book but substandard recording

    this is a great story Ben Bova has done a great job with it and the narrator Stefan Rudnicki does a fantastic job as always HOWEVER there are several ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 25 2011 by Greg (austin, TX, United States)
  • 2

    Privateers

    • UNABRIDGED
    • By Ben Bova
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  • 3

    Empire Builders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    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"
    And excellent book and hard to stop listen to

    This is the second book about Dan Randolph even if it was writte well before Powersat.

    The earth is heading towards a greenhouse cliff, a sud..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 05 2012 by Jan Saell ()
  • 4

    Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (269)

    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"
    Solid Near Future Sci-Fi

    This is a solid science fiction title set in a slightly dated near future. Ben Bova has written an interesting story about the first human expedition ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 21 2009 by Ben (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 5

    Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    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"
    A worthy read / listen

    Stefan Rudnicki

    Reviewed on September 03 2013 by Brian (Lansing, MI, United States)
  • 6

    Moonwar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    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.

    Tarike says: "Didn't see it coming, not for a second!"
    Didn't see it coming, not for a second!

    I snagged this audiobook based on it's highly acclaimed reviews. However, after the first few minutes of the book, I felt like there was an invisible..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 20 2013 by Tarike (Ocala, FL, United States)
  • 7

    Return to Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    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"
    Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 07 2013 by jsakeo (Upstate NY, USA)
  • 8

    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
    (301)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    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)"
    Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)

    The series is like 1950's style space opera like those from Heinlein and Norton. The free use of profanity, in a vailed attempt to make it "adult" ma..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 08 2006 by Chris (midvale, UT, United States)
  • 9

    Farside

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    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"
    Not super impressed to be honest

    I was a bit surprised when I read this book. It was my first Ben Bova story and I was expecting something a little better. Right from the start, I fou..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 12 2013 by Gordon (Dawson Creek, BC, Canada)
  • 10

    Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    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!"
    Great Stuff!

    I really enjoyed this book, great SF, i.e. the science is credible, but eerily futuristic and captivating, really makes you wonder... The story line i..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 12 2005 by Kevin (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
  • 11

    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
    (228)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    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"
    A little disappointing

    Where book one of this series (The Precipice)is a fairly entertaining space opera, The Rock Rats get uncomfortably close to soap opera. I generally p..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 04 2006 by Steve Cross ()
  • 12

    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
    (211)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    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"
    Excellent Bova

    Book 3 of the series is just as exciting and well done as the first two books, (And maybe even better than the books that came after this one).
    ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 29 2006 by L. (Travelers Rest, SC, United States)
  • 13

    The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.

    John says: "So Disappointing!"
    So Disappointing!

    I simply do not understand why an author forces me to spend time with people I have no reason to like. That's what every scene with the family was lik..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 25 2007 by John (Nashville, TN, USA)
  • 14

    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
    (170)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    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.

    Don says: "Enjoyed It"
    Enjoyed It

    Saturn is a good follow-on to Jupiter. It seems unlikely that nuts would ever be in charge of Earth as Bova proposes, but at least they provide a good..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 18 2004 by Don (Austin, TX, USA)
  • 15

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    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.

    Conker says: "Deeply Flawed"
    Deeply Flawed

    I'm quite sad that this novel isn't good as there are good ideas present within. The fact that I spent five bucks and wanted something worth my money ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 10 2012 by Conker (La Crescent, MN, United States)
  • 16

    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
    (245)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    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.

    J. Carpenter says: "Great voice tallent wasted on a lame book"
    Great voice tallent wasted on a lame book

    The voice talents were exceptional. I've heard them before reading other books and was impressed. However, this book was so awful, even they couldn'..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 25 2007 by J. Carpenter (Fremont, CA USA)
  • 17

    Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Daved Baker says: "One of Ben Bova's best"
    One of Ben Bova's best

    I've now read or listened to all of Dr. Bova's "Grand Tour" series and "Mercury" is second only to "Saturn" in my book. It has all the great themes an..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 18 2005 by Daved Baker (San Francisco)
  • 18

    Mars Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    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.

    jsakeo says: "By far the worst of this trilogy!"
    By far the worst of this trilogy!

    Being I was in the car and a captive audience, yes. I was very interested to see what Jamie Waterman would be doing in this book and how things would ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 07 2013 by jsakeo (Upstate NY, USA)
  • 19

    Venus: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    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.

    George says: "Hellish Hot"
    Hellish Hot

    Fun sci-fi read with family rivalries and loyalties that change as the read progresses. The penetration of Venus was believable and I hung on every wo..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 07 2014 by George (SANTA FE, NM, United States)
  • 20

    The Return: Book IV of Voyagers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    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"
    Great story

    Loved the book. So much of what he wrote about is right on target here, where I live. Religion rules the lives of many of these people here, most of..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 05 2010 by Patricia (Dora, Mo, United States)
  • 21

    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
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    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.

    Brian says: "Not my thing"
    Not my thing

    This book has a message that I agree with but it felt really heavy handed in its delivery. I felt like I was being brow beaten for quite a bit of the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 22 2013 by Brian (Oshkosh, WI, United States)