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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date:
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The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying.

Years before, Van’s older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus. Van’s father has always hated him for being the one to survive. Now, his father is offering a ten-billion-dollar prize to the first person who lands on Venus and returns his oldest son’s remains. To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything—our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.”

    New York Times

  • “Bova’s new novel will indeed please his fans, as it offers his usual mix of solid science, serviceable (if sketchy) characterizations, and lickety-split plotting with plenty of cliff-hangers…As a voyage to an unknown world, it excels.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Stefan Rudnicki’s voice is deep and resonant…[and] works well for this book. With its stately pacing, technology-heavy setting, and detailed descriptions, Bova’s story is an old-fashioned space opera, and Rudnicki’s narration is reminiscent of a 1930s radio announcer performing a Buck Rogers serial.”


  • “[A] well-researched, thrills-and-chills descent through Venus’ pressure-cooker atmosphere. With solid science, a palatable environmental message, and an inspiring character arc for unlikely hero Van, Venus delivers guilt-free, man-against-nature SF in a tight, page-turning package.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A top-notch adventure story of broken dreams and lifelong hatreds that match the turbulence of Venus itself. The author’s excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of the genre’s most accessible and entertaining storytellers. Recommended for SF collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “A leading light of hard SF and space advocacy turns his attention from Mars to Venus…Hard SF fans in general and Bova fans in particular will generate strong demand for his highly respectable new effort.”


  • “Exciting and vividly wrought.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meagan | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't realize it when I started, but Venus is actually one of an extended series by Ben Bova. This particular installation follows the weak, ineffective, and largely unlikable Van Humphries, son of a powerful billionaire who can't stand his younger son. His older son Alex, Van's beloved brother, was killed on an expedition to Venus, and he places a very large reward for anyone who can bring back his son's body. Van, who will be left penniless without the reward, decides to undertake the mission, competing against his father's hated enemy for the money. The catch is that Venus is likely the most inhospitable planet in the solar system, with an atmospheric pressure similar to the deepest parts of the ocean, clouds of sulfuric acid gas, and temperatures that can melt aluminum. In the end, it was the adventure of exploration and discovery, as well as the fascinating imaginings of Venus, that pulled me through this book. Van is somewhat self-centered and whiny through the majority of the plot, but it's a small price to pay for a seat on the first expedition to a dangerous planet, and danger-free at that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cindi Trainor | 2/8/2014

    " (june 2004) i can't believe i actually finished this. it was horribly written, and i barely cared about the hysterical characters--particularly the snivelling protagonist--to bother to turn the pages. still, the science (fiction) kept me reading til the lurid and quite predictable, comic book ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria Christensen | 2/1/2014

    " I haven't read all of the Grand Tour novels yet, but this is one of Bova's best, and I have read a lot of Bova. The main character is more fully defined than in many of his other books, and it's yet another fast, fun romp through the solar system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Philip Benge | 2/1/2014

    " Ben Bova is a great scifi writer and this book is very readable. "

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