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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Paul Boehmer, Holly Hawkins, Rosalyn Landor, Scott Peterson, Judy Young Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781455198672
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In this provocative, gripping, and startling novel, bestselling author Ben Bova delivers a knockout read with his trademark blend of cutting-edge science and unrelenting suspense.

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.

Somehow, before it’s too late, Arthur and Jesse must bridge the gap that divides them…on an issue that could mean nothing less than life or death for millions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “Led by the bass tones of Paul Boehmer, the production includes emotional performances from all the members of the cast. The result is lifelike drama that fully engages listeners in the debate.”

    AudioFile

  • “Bova’s cautionary medical thriller, the uncut version of his 1996 novel Brothers, explores the political, social, and religious ramifications of what could be humankind’s greatest medical breakthrough—organ regeneration.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[This] novel engages both mind and emotion…Bova masterfully presents the subtleties of all sides of both personal and scientific issues in a movie-like presentation of court testimony interspersed with chapters of backstory. Guaranteed riveting reading.”

    Booklist

  • Given Bova’s extensive catalog of science fiction and nonfiction, there are perhaps few better qualified to address the complex issues surrounding today’s controversial scientific breakthroughs. Toss the convoluted relationship of two brothers into a mix of cutting-edge science versus medicine for the masses, and his new novel engages both mind and emotion. Brilliant corporate researcher Arthur Marshak is on the cusp of an earth-shattering discovery that will cause the regeneration of damaged or severed tissue—organs and even limbs—so that amputees and people with cervical injuries, heart attacks, and strokes may fully recover without surgery. Jesse, Arthur’s younger, humanitarian physician brother, opposes Arthur’s breakthrough, however, because its hefty price tag will preclude using it to treat the poor. When Arthur’s project is evaluated in a “scientific court,” it draws national attention, thanks to an opportunistic evangelist, and pits brother against brother and science against religious ideology. Bova masterfully presents the subtleties of all sides of both personal and scientific issues in a movie-like presentation of court testimony interspersed with chapters of backstory. Guaranteed riveting reading.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victor Dicarlo | 8/26/2013

    " A very disappointing read. Ben Bova should definitely stick with science fiction. This style of each chapter being told by a different person is very confusing and rather disruptive. I would recommend that Ben Bova fans give this one a miss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 12/15/2012

    " good medical thriller with an interesting sibling rivalry thrown in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew | 2/25/2012

    " I'm sure Bova is better than this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Holt | 12/13/2011

    " The Immortality Factor by Ben Bova (2009) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Wilkes | 4/17/2011

    " Full review at Mostly Fiction Book Reviews. 2008 interview with Ben Bova at Science Fiction and Other ODDysseys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apneet Jolly | 6/13/2010

    " Pretty awesome - but read the 2009 edition (The Immortality Factor) rather than the 1995 Brothers edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/24/2010

    " I'm liking this book, its written in a multiple first-person narrative style, and is more speculative fiction than science fiction. Very well researched from a scientific/medical perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/15/2009

    " The Immortality Factor by Ben Bova (2009) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apneet | 10/21/2009

    " Pretty awesome - but read the 2009 edition (The Immortality Factor) rather than the 1995 Brothers edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 7/22/2009

    " good medical thriller with an interesting sibling rivalry thrown in. "

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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 Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.

Holly Hawkins is a film, television, and stage actress best known for her role as Lady Large Nose in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. In addition to reading Ben Bova’s Immortality Factor with a full cast, she has been involved in recording two plays, The Lantern and Dot the I & Double Expertise.

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.