Return to Mars : Grand Tour (Bova)

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Grand Tour (Bova)
  • 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage - all of which could doom the mission to failure.But there are still great secrets to be uncovered on this cruel and enigmatic world, not the least being something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet's carmine cliffs...a dwelling that only an intelligent being could have built.

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What the Critics Say

"Bova makes the speculative hard science aspects of this novel vivid and appealing." (Publishers Weekly)

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Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues

Where does Return to Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the pack. It was a fun continuation of the first book, Mars, but it ends kind of abruptly and there are some serious quality issues with the presentation. Any editing that was done is so painfully obvious.


What other book might you compare Return to Mars to and why?

Mars, the original book in this trilogy.


What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

Very good.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story was captivating and kept you wanting to listen but it started to get a little political which would push you away.


Any additional comments?

Rudnicki's performance was great but the editing absolutely sucked making any editing very obvious and actually obnoxious. I can't ding Rudnicki for that.

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- J

Unrealistic characters and plot

The worlds best and brightest behaving like children and arguing about mission issues that would have been decided long before launch. Professional astronauts and scientists refusing orders. I couldn't believe it.

Rudnicki was great, as always, but not even Stefan could totally save this one.

Book 3 is off of my future list.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.