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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
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    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.

    Roy says: "Inconsistencies kill the last quarter of the story"
  • 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
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    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"
  • Moonwar | Ben Bova

    Moonwar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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!"
  • Moonrise | Ben Bova

    Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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"
  • 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
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    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 ."
  • 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
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    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"
  • Colony | Ben Bova

    Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Kristopher Tabori
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    Island One is a celestial utopia, and David Adams is its most perfect creation - a man with a brain as advanced as any computer and a body free of human frailties. But David is a prisoner - a captive of the colony that created him - destined to spend the days of his life in an island-sized cylinder that circles a doomed and desperate home planet. Thousands of miles below him, a world trembles; its people cringe in terror and despair in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. And fate has cast one extraordinary human in the role of savior.

    GH says: "Complex Classic Sci-Fi Thriller -- Must Read"
  • 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
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    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"
  • Mars Life | Ben Bova

    Mars Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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?"
  • Titan: A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery | Ben Bova

    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
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    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"
  • Mercury | Ben Bova

    Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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"
  • 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
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    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"
  • 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
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    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"
  • The Immortality Factor | Ben Bova

    The Immortality Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Holly Hawkins, Rosalyn Landor, and others
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    Some see stem-cell research as mankind’s greatest scientific breakthrough; others, a blasphemous attempt to play God. Suddenly, the possibility of immortality exists. Two brothers, both doctors, stand on opposite sides of the controversy. To Arthur Marshak, his work is a momentous gift to humanity. To Jesse Marshak, it is a curse. And between them stands a beautiful, remarkable woman that both brothers will do anything to save.

  • 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
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    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"
  • 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
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    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."
  • 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
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    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)"
  • The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars | Ben Bova

    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
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    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.

    George says: "Space Opera"
  • The Best of Bova, Vol. 3 | Ben Bova

    The Best of Bova, Vol. 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Ben Bova, Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, and others
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    The third and final volume of the very best of Ben Bova, creator of the New York Times best-selling Grand Tour science fiction series, six-time Hugo award winner, and past president of the National Space Society - a grand master of science fiction storytelling. These stories span the five decades of Bova's incandescent career.

  • 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
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    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"
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