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Author: John B. Olson, Randall Ingermanson Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440739880
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Microbial ecologist Valkerie Jansen is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. But that doesn’t explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man, two woman crew to Mars—or does it? Bob Kaganovski, the ship’s mechanic, is paid to be paranoid, and he’s good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn’t prepared him for this trip. He can deal with a banged-up ship, but how’s he going to survive the next five months with her just a flimsy partition away?

Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the crew with only enough oxygen for one. All evidence points to sabotage—and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspects.

Oxygen is a witty, award-winning roller-coaster ride, with a plot that moves at the speed of light. The authors had hoped to work in some cool controversy on science, faith, the meaning of life, the existence of God, and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate, but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The fully realized characters are skillfully performed by Norman Dietz. Dietz handles both the technical speech and the spiritual/philosophical conversations scattered throughout with equal clarity and emotion. In this satisfying science fiction of the near-future, the characters struggle not only with physical peril but also with their spiritual questions.”


  • “Olson and Ingermanson draw their characters carefully, keep tension high, and introduce real spiritual dilemmas without being preachy. They capture the ironic repartee of astronauts to the last nuance. The result is a real delight.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Olson and Christy Award–winning Ingermanson combine solid SF with an increasingly tense mystery for a fantastic addition to any collection.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2002 Christy Award for Futuristic Fiction
  • A Booklist Top 10 Christian Novel of 2001
  • Winner of the 2001 Foreword Magazine Best Book Bronze Medal

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 2/4/2016

    " I titled this review "Unbelievable" because there's not a snowball's chance in hell any of this could happen. None of the main characters could possibly pass a psych test to get on a two year trip to Mars. This book should have been titled "Paranoia and Anxiety Meets Egomaniac". Three of the four main characters are stress balls. The book is not fun and is read way too slow. I stopped listening less than half way through. I couldn't take any more. "

About the Author

John B. Olson is a novelist and speaker who lives with his wife and two kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. John earned a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did postdoctoral research at the University of California at San Francisco. His novels have won several awards, including a Christy Award, a Silver Angel Award, and placement on the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife, Sandra, transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.