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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date:
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This grand epic adventure from six-time Hugo Award–winning author Ben Bova tells the irresistible story of man’s first mission to that great unconquered frontier, Mars—a planet pocked by meteors, baked by ultraviolet light, and covered by endless deserts the color of dried blood. Technically plausible and compellingly human, Bova’s story explores the political, scientific, and social repercussions of our greatest quest yet: the search for evidence of life beyond Earth’s boundaries.

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 twenty-five 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.

Mars is an unforgettable portrait of space, politics, science, and humanity that captures for all time the mystery and wonder of an alien frontier.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bova re-creates for us much of that first excitement we felt in reading about the possibilities of space flight or, later, witnessing the earliest manned exploration.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “An intelligent, entertaining story that may also serve as a rallying cry.”


  • “A sweeping, Michener-style saga of the first expedition to our neighboring planet…[T]he ultimate summer escape.”


  • “An exemplary summer read…adventurous, brilliant, over-the-edge characters…a carefully imagined, striking, and spooky portrait of the planet.”

    Voice Literary Supplement

  • “Bova’s 1992 novel follows Jamie Waterman—a Navaho geologist—on the first manned mission to Mars. The multinational expedition is wrought with political and personal strife, as well as a mysterious illness that strikes the entire land crew and nearly brings the project to a halt. The earnestness and longing of the lead character comes through in Stefan Rudnicki’s voice as he narrates the story of Waterman’s dogged search for signs of life on the Red Planet. Whether or not there’s life beneath the frozen surface of Mars, Rudnicki’s spellbinding baritone brings all the members of the international crew to life, providing believable accents for Russian, Brazilian, English, Japanese, and Israeli members of the landing team.”


  • “A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Bova has done extensive research and his descriptions of Mars and the conditions under which the study is conducted are very plausible. All in all, a satisfying story.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by DK | 2/18/2014

    " 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book, although not quite as much I hoped I would. I'm unsure if I will read the next book in the series or not now. It honestly got a bit boring at times with the lengthy character studies seeming to be more the focus than the overall story line. I found it hard to believe that a few of the characters would ever have been allowed to go on a mission such as this, too. I did like the main character, though, and his story alone might entice me to go ahead and read the next book to see what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ronschae4 | 1/30/2014

    " Mars is a great story with some good scientific/technical insights to what a human expedition to the Red Planet might entail - as well as a plausible political scenario as well! This is a well-written story with good characterization and plot continuity and depth. Not a five-star favorite, but something I would recommend to a SF reader who is looking for a well-written story based in hard science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George | 1/11/2014

    " Well written science fiction about a trip to Planet Mars....could it happen? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hamish Buchan | 1/11/2014

    " Solid Sci-Fi. Very nice realistic account of what a mission to Mars might be like today. Decent plot and solid characters. "

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