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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Christian Noble, David Warner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593974893
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A "leading light of hard SF and space advocacy" (Booklist) turns his sights to the largest planet in our solar system
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 censoriuous 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. What they don't know is that his loyalty to science may be greater than his loyalty to "The New Morality." But that loyalty will be tested in a mission as dangerous as any ever undertaken . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • Recalls the work of Heinlein in his Destination Moon mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity...It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently. Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com

  • “[David Warner] turns it into a work of art which is worth listening to for this reason alone...David Warner gives 'Jupiter' an extra dimension. SFCrowsnest.com

  • With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. Kansas City Star on Venus

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Ladouceur | 2/13/2014

    " Not bad. Interesting concept on alien life on Jupiter. Characters only so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Orchard | 2/12/2014

    " A great hard science fiction book. The aspects of the book focusing on exploration of Jupiter are brilliant. I did find the way he wrote relationships in this book a bit unbelievable, there are so many unpleasant people acting unpleasantly that it's kind of distracting, the characters seem at times stiff and unrealistic sometimes and the main character's inner conflict isn't as interesting as the exploration and even detracts (in my opinion) from the pace of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 2/9/2014

    " Grant Archer graduates from college and is sent to Jupiter as a spy. He meets a gorilla who can speak and gets caught up in mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/30/2014

    " Another good one by Mr Bova. Good adventure story of what we might find at Jupiter in the future "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahrcadia the Duck Tamer | 1/28/2014

    " Well, this is the third or fourth time I've read this, and it just gets better every time. I'm not a big fan of Sci-Fi, but Ben Bova books are always pretty good. Great read, and a refreshing break from some of the shoddy romances I've read recently. Highly recommended to everyone, even if Sci-Fi isn't your normal genre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 1/25/2014

    " I found the writing dull, the characters juvenile, the story uninteresting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 1/20/2014

    " Man's trip to the largest planet. part of the grand tour of the universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene Sheppard | 1/16/2014

    " Typical story telling by Bova. Spot on science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Sorensen | 1/7/2014

    " A very enjoyable book about the exploration of the Jovian Seas. Very fun to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 12/28/2013

    " The detail in Bova's planets are exceptional "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Franklen | 12/6/2013

    " A pretty fun read, but somewhat lacking in depth of characters and plot. Interesting journey into the atmosphere and ocean of Jupiter to find alien life. A fine time passer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 11/30/2013

    " i thought the book was really well put together. ben bova really captures the way humans might colonize the solar system. i was also impressed by a number of his ideas such as using the perfluocarbon in the ship, the talking gorilla and the leviathans in the oceans. a great read for any scifi fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/16/2013

    " One of the better Ben Bova novels. He seemed to pay more attention to character development in this one, not quite as wooden as most of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 11/5/2011

    " It was a really good book. It was slow in the begining and took a while to pick up but finished with a terrific ending and a great message. Overall, extremely well written and thought out...just too much time spent setting up the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatore Leone | 10/24/2011

    " Very good story, if you're interested in science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ulysese | 9/30/2011

    " Nothing to write home about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/25/2011

    " Excellent. Finished it in just two days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/25/2011

    " It was an interesting story. The characters were 2 dimensional, but that is common in hard SF books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/28/2011

    " Intertwined with a tail of greed and ambition, is the question of how do you communicate with an alien species. This is one of Ben Bova's better yarns "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 3/23/2011

    " What can I say about Ben Bova. Only that he keeps it crip, clear and up to date after writing for over
    fifty year.

    This is wonderful!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 3/20/2011

    " Devoured this book after Shane picked it up from a "new book" display at the library. Must find more Ben Bova to read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 3/7/2011

    " This is "the good stuff"! A great adventure in the clouds of Jupiter. Occasionally the science seemed a little wacky, and a few times the physical scale of things didn't feel right, but I can overlook that for such a grand and wild ride.

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About the Author
Author Ben Bova

Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.

About the Narrator

David Warner is an Emmy Award–winning English actor known for playing romantic leads and villainous characters across a range of media. He is most famous for his roles in films like The Lost World, Titanic, and Planet of the Apes, among numerous others.