• by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Harlan Ellison
  • 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mars. The very name of the mysterious Red Planet brings to mind images dramatic and dangerous - and both are accurate, as an international team of 25 astronauts discover when they land there for the first manned expedition. After battling deadly meteor showers, subzero temperatures, and a mysterious "Mars virus," the crew makes the most incredible and shocking discovery of all. Now it is up to geophysicist and expedition leader Jamie Waterman to save his crew - an act that forces him to become a rebel and a hero in a drama foretold eons ago. The six-time Hugo award-winner's novel is read by acclaimed short story writer Harlan Ellison.


What the Critics Say

"Imaginatively detail[ed]." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Questionable Voice Acting

I loved the text. Ellison's narration though... when he is doing the prose portions, he is spot on. Perfect. I got chills on the opening prose section.

But when he does voices he goes off the deep-end. It isn't so much that he can't act. It's that he makes terrible choices for each voice.

For example, one of the characters is introduced as having a *light* texas accent, but Harlan gives him a parody of a texas accent.

And he makes the female astronauts sound like they are twelve-year olds dreaming of becoming ice princesses.

But I have to say that I agree with the previous reviewer: yuo do get used to it.

And the book is excellent. I just wish that someone had been directing Ellison.
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- Marshall

What a Universe!

Bova's universe of nanotechnology is just awesome. I first read this book years ago, and still refer to particular sections as amazing examples of both science fiction and imaginative nanotech applications. I'd also highly recommend his other books set in this nanotech universe.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books