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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (612 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Scott Brick, Amanda Karr Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781593974916
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The first novel of the Asteroid Wars about earth's near future from the "leading light of hard Science Fiction and space advocacy"*
Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiralling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph he does not care if Earth perishes in the process. As Randolph—accompanied by two brilliant women astronauts—flies out to the Asteroid Belt aboard a fusion-propelled spacecraft, Humphries makes his move. The future of mankind lies in Randolph's hands.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Stefan Rudnicki, producer and one of the performers, has picked his readers well. Each scene generally concentrates on one of the lead characters, so Rudnicki assigns a particular reader to a particular character throughout the book. The technique works. AudioFile on The Precipice

  • “Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction. Los Angeles Daily News on The Precipice

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 1/30/2014

    " The beginning of his "Asteroid War" series. Interesting view on the effects of greenhouse gas, and capitalism run amok. Wonderful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terez Dehghanpisheh | 1/27/2014

    " I have never been a huge sci fi fan but bova continues to captivate me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/20/2014

    " This is old-school space opera, with heroes and villains and some science thrown in for validity. Fluffy, but a reasonably good read. It's the first of a trilogy and I do plan to keep going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane Wilson | 1/9/2014

    " I wanted a hard science fiction book but this one didn't scratch my itch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Battlecat | 1/2/2014

    " Good start to what I believe is a trilogy. I throughly enjoyed reading this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 12/31/2013

    " book one in the asteroid wars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Trivates | 11/25/2013

    " I remember reading this masterpiece, but I can't remember when. I'm, going to go with 2004 because that is the last time I went on a reading binge. I was waiting so hard to get my hands on the next installments in the series. It was sooo good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 11/5/2013

    " Jumped in to the middle of this series, which seems to be written to handle this. Not sure if I want to continue the trilogy of Asteroids books or jump back and read the first books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benny | 10/27/2013

    " Not his most impressive, but at least it was a little enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calhariz | 10/1/2013

    " I nice book, good for people that like the Astro Corporation Arc or the Dan Randolph personage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon | 8/5/2013

    " Pretty corny fluff. I'm not sure this deserves even a two star rating, but I've got to leave room for "Camelot 30K" at the bottom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/20/2013

    " Took some time to get into since it's about global warming, business politics and experimental science. Eventually the "double damns" and quirky named Poncho won me over. More of a slow burn rather than a thrilling space drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/22/2012

    " This is a perfect example of what is known as hard science fiction. In other words, strictly factual in it's scientific premise, no fantasy elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 4/16/2012

    " The Rise of Panco vs Humphries "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marquis Syler | 11/28/2011

    " Another great story by Ben Bova. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/26/2011

    " Took me a couple chapters to get into this one but now fear I must read more of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crusader | 2/7/2011

    " A good read. Much more action packed than the first couple of novels in the series. The ending is a bit disappointing, leaving quite a few questions to be answered. However since there is now a fourth book in the series I think some of those will be addressed there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 9/2/2010

    " What happens when nobody asks questions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 11/2/2009

    " An interesting view of corporations, not governments, at war. This book reinforces the "power corrupts" philosophy. Well worth reading if only for the surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 7/20/2009

    " An enjoyable sci-fci read. The concepts, cities on the moon, greenhouse disaster on Earth and corporations excerting insane amounts of influence, were very cool and timely.

    I would have given it a higher rating if the ending wasn't a bit lame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 7/20/2009

    " Third novel in the asteroid wars. There is a fourth I haven't read yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/21/2009

    " This is the finale in the trilogy that began with The Precipice and the Rock Rats. Good hard science fiction. "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.