• 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


Excellent sci-fi. I wish there were a sequel.
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- Ken

Book Details

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