• Red Thunder

  • The Thunder and Lightning Series, Book 1
  • By: John Varley
  • Narrated by: Eddie Lopez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As Chinese and US spacecraft compete to be the first to land on Mars, a former astronaut, his cousin, and four teens from Florida decide to take matters into their own hands. If they can quickly build their own space-worthy ship using scrap metal, appliances, and power tools, they have a chance to come from behind - thanks to an inventive new power source that can propel them to the Red Planet within three days. No guts, no glory. 

©2004 John Varley (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Highly Enjoyable

Red Thunder is one of my favorite stories - thought provoking, very topical for today and just plain happy. Eddie Lopez credibly pulled off the Cajun accents and Jubal in particular.

If you loved the book, you will love the Audible performance.

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One of my favorites!

This book was initially given to me by a friend. Little did I know at the time how much I'd come to love it. I've been checking for audio versions for years. Imagine my shock when I finally saw it. Even better, the reader did an excellent job. too many great books have been butchered by bad narration.

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New spins on Classic Science Fiction with memorable characters

This story grabs you right in and takes you for quite the ride! ..and that’s just the beginning!! This series is one of my favorites, it’s got all the fun sci-fi adventure elements that keep you enthralled. John Varley is one the best living authors today, read all of his stuff as soon as you can -

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Enjoyed all the way through

This book is full of enough unique description to bring it to life, but not too much jargon. It is an easy listen, with events and characters trackable, though the narrator tended to slip a Cajun accent in to various characters at random rather than keeping it to a few people and occasional teasing but bothers it seemed designated for. There is also some dated language, but the story and sci-fi elements are still pretty solid.