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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Amanda Karr, and Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Master storyteller Ben Bova continues his multi-volume Grand Tour saga chronicling humanity's exploration of near space with Titan, a fast-paced thriller focused on the first manned mission to the Solar System's most intriguing world. Skillfully blending high drama, passionate characters, and daring speculation with the latest discoveries from the current Cassini/Huygens probe of Saturn's moon, Bova has crafted a heart-stopping tale of epic adventure on mankind's next frontier.

The gigantic colony ship Goddard has at last made orbit around the ringed planet Saturn, carrying a volatile population of more than 10,000 dissidents, rebels, extremists, and visionaries seeking a new life among the stars. Chief scientist Edouard Urbain's avowed mission is to study the enigmatic moon called Titan, which offers the tantalizing possibility that life may exist amid its windswept islands and chill black seas.

But when the exploration vessel Titan Alpha mysteriously fails after reaching the moon's surface, long buried tensions surface among the colonists. Torn by political intrigue, suspicious accidents, and an awesome discovery that could threaten human space exploration, a handful of courageous men and women must fight for the survival of their colony, and the destiny of the human race. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dado Ellis | 2/13/2014

    " What can I say? I've been a fan of Mr. Bova for years and always have a good fun with his books of The Grand Tour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Athos | 12/28/2013

    " A bit of a soap opera, but it all came together nicely in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian Carless | 12/28/2013

    " Titan is a nice addition to Ben Bova's Grand Tour of the Solar System series. It stands well on its own and its plot grows out of what came before it. Bova's prose is good but not great and his plot and characters are a bit flat. But as near-future sci-fi it is compelling, barely 90 years into the future. Our own solar system is envisioned as a very rich and fertile place and the science isn't too far our of reach making it beleivable and compelling. Also making it even more belivable and compelling is the social and historical setting that could be growing out of our own present; ultra-powerful multinational corporations versus globally organized religious fundamentalists versus reactionary scientists. Unfortunately it takes reading more than one of his books from the grand tour to really grasp the socio-political dynamic. It is all pretty good fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark Schomburg | 12/11/2013

    " There might not really be anything less enjoyable about this book than others in Bova's planets series, but... the same characters again... It just wears thin for me, with some unbelievable drama going on in space too. I also found the AI situation of the robotic craft unbelievable. The most intriguing aspect of the book is only a teaser: the dark life forms which evidently live in Titan's oceans, yet which we never really find out about in this text. Had that part of the plot been developed then the book might have been worth a lot more. I suspect, however, that with Bova's emphasis on "hard science" that he just couldn't find it worthwhile to develop an alien life form concretely enough to satisfy readers' fantasies. If you want alien life, read Clarke or one of the others. Here, it's like Nessie in Loch Ness - it might be there, it might not, but we don't really ever find out what's down there. For an earlier and better book involving Titan's seas try R.A. Lupoff's Galaxy's End. "

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