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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Harlan Ellison Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Mars. The very name of the mysterious Red Planet brings to mind images dramatic and dangerous - and both are accurate, as an international team of 25 astronauts discover when they land there for the first manned expedition. After battling deadly meteor showers, subzero temperatures, and a mysterious Mars virus, the crew makes the most incredible and shocking discovery of all. Now it is up to geophysicist and expedition leader Jamie Waterman to save his crew - an act that forces him to become a rebel and a hero in a drama foretold eons ago. The six-time Hugo award-winner's novel is read by acclaimed short story writer Harlan Ellison. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 2/20/2014

    " Boring. Underwhelming. Outdated. Ben Bova's Mars is mundane through and through. It is so slow and directionless that, by the time the story starts, you have turned the last page. I would only recommend it to those who particularly love this setting. Otherwise, move along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/11/2014

    " If you like hard science fiction, it's hard to ignore Ben Bova. I think I would have killed a few of the characters, but then that wouldn't be good hard science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 2/9/2014

    " Had this on my bookshelf for ever, and not gotten around to it. Did so in the wake of the mars lander excitement. And it was pretty good. Although slightly frustrating at times, I really wanted to know what the thing Waterman spotted was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie "Jedigal" | 1/26/2014

    " An awesome Mars book. Scope for the plot is the first manned visit to Mars, and book ends with the team just getting started with their trip back to Earth. Doesn't get overly bogged down with science (which might be a negative for some readers who love that). Good characterization during the plot. Characters are real and believable. The central character is a geologist, Jamie Waterman, who was 3rd tier choice but ends up replacing the 1st and 2nd choice team members. Jamie is likable and real. Half native American by blood, he inadvertently starts a political storm on Earth when he forgets his prepared "first words from Mars" and on the spur of the moment says something in Navajo instead. The book includes some science, some personal politics, some national and international politics, a mutiny and a rescue, conflict between science and politics, the search for ET life, and is a an easy fun read. Very believable take (to me). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie Koenigsberg | 1/20/2014

    " This was a very satisfying read. It was a little dated--they used "floppy disks" and the media coverage of the Mars expedition was a little bit exaggerated but the story and characters were still interesting. I learned a lot about Mars and what it would be like to go there. The descriptions of the planet were very detailed. I enjoyed the characters and especially liked the main character, Jamie. I thought his transformation from being confused about his place in life to being sure of himself was seamless. The book was a little bit hard to get into, but after a while I found myself really enjoying it. It was a very comfortable read and I thought it was a good way to end my summer reading. Although, I was disappointed that they never found any Martians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DK | 1/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/12/2014

    " He uses a great variety of words, but overall, the book was boring. "

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 1/9/2014

    " One of the most plausible novels of the exploration of Mars, this book is a fascination and riveting read. Bova is at his finest in this novel, and it is a great place to begin the loosely related novels that compose his Grand Tour series of the solar system. Be prepared to buy another book soon after this because you will mostly likely not want to put this one down. I could not! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen Petro | 1/2/2014

    " A great book. The characters and situations that they are in are awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny K | 12/22/2013

    " Not life changing or anything, but I enjoyed reading it, learned a few things, and found it entirely pleasant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 12/16/2013

    " I have always liked good stories about Mars and this is one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 12/1/2013

    " Hard science fiction about man's first visit to the red planet. Part of the author's grand tour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AJ | 9/20/2013

    " One of the only two great Ben Bova books I've read. This is a great read, a nice, solid piece of science fiction, with a great sequel as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Willis | 4/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait for the follow up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guilherme Calé | 2/1/2013

    " I'm loving this book, it is so amazing! I would like the story was real and we have colonized Mars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 1/31/2013

    " Just started reading Ben Bova and really like his style. It's very clear and concise writing like Isaac Asimov. Great start to a three book series. Very interesting characters and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 12/12/2012

    " What I like about Ben Bova is that he doesn't make it all fairytale magic, he tells the story as to how it will be. The world he writes about is a human world. The pages of his books reflect his scientific approach to fiction, and you will always find real people there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 8/18/2012

    " Loved every page of it! Some great hard sci-fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce J | 7/4/2012

    " Lots of laughs! Good science fiction. The author acknowledges using photos of the planet to assist him which really got me wanting to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 6/1/2012

    " Excellent Sci-fi written so well you think you are there. About a settlement on Mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 12/28/2011

    " If you've ever wondered what it would be like to explore another planet, this book is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/15/2011

    " Some really interesting ideas and a good plot-- but the dialog.... ugh-- simply awful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 10/28/2011

    " Man's first landing on Mars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 10/4/2011

    " I listened to this book. The narrator didn't help the story at all. He made it sound like a 5th graders book. I could not finish it. Maybe it is a better 'read' than 'listen'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Shupe | 10/4/2011

    " What I loved about this book is the realism. Mr. Bova did not have to get fancy. It was exciting and one was well reminded of the dangers and awe that comes from legitimate space exploration. For those of you who dreamed of being an astronaut as a child this is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Symon | 6/18/2011

    "
    If you'd like to know what I thought of this book, please contact me directly and I'd be happy to discuss it with you.

    All the best,


    --Symon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/30/2010

    " Makes me forever sad that I can't go... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 12/29/2010

    " this is good, but often very slow and had to put it down for a few days at a time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " solid story telling and good characterisation. a tad cheesy but i loved it and the end was breathtakingly exciting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 10/5/2010

    " the rocks in this book have more personality than the characters. No I'm serious! there's this lovely martian boulder with a green streak in it that has all this.. this potential! this guy knows his science but can't write complex emotion for shit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salvatore | 8/24/2010

    " This is an entertaining novel, with a completely believable trip to Mars. The characters are interesting, and the descriptions of both Earth and Mars are vivid. Good story, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 6/27/2010

    " My First Ben Bova that has lead me to collect the rest of the Grand Tour of the Solar System books. I really liked the non fantastic approach to the technology and setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/9/2010

    " A little slow to start, but it gets interesting as you go along. I'm planning on reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/4/2010

    " If you like hard science fiction, it's hard to ignore Ben Bova. I think I would have killed a few of the characters, but then that wouldn't be good hard science fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Ben Bova

Ben Bova, six-time Hugo Award winner, received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005.

About the Narrator

Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books and more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns as well as two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures.  He won the Hugo award nine times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Méliès fantasy film award twice, and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN., the international writer’s union. In addition to his writing accolades, Harlan has garnered two Audie Awards for the best in audio recordings.  Along with Stefan Rudnicki and other narrators, Harlan read the 20th anniversary edition of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, published by Macmillan Audio.