The Martian Race

  • by Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir
  • 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the Nebula Award-winning author of Timescape and Foundation's Fear comes a hard-science thriller about the race to Mars.
When an explosion of the rocket launching the Mars Transit Vehicle kills four crewmen, the US decides to redirect its energies to near-Earth projects, killing the manned mission to Mars. But tycoon John Axelrod assembles a consortium to fund the project, and he expects to net billions. But a European-Asian airbus will make a similar expedition. Now, the race is on to get to the Red Planet first.

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Loved it!

For me, this book had it all: science, adventure, & a fast pace full of believable characters & situations. I enjoyed it.
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- JKO "JKO"

Pack your woolies when you go on this voyage.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian Race to be better than the print version?

Did not read print version, but this is a wonderful audio book notwithstanding.


What other book might you compare The Martian Race to and why?

Many of the Ben Bova Mars series, and, ( of course ) The Martian. The depictions of our nearest planetary neighbour are ( so far as I can tell ) accurate, stark and the drama of Martian life is compelling and emotionally attractive.


What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

Once again, one of the bevy of up and coming female performers that Audible have attracted that take what what otherwise might be considered male territory and making it their own. Her depiction of many of the intimate relationships in this story would likely not be nearly as well portrayed by a male. Compelling.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mars Attacks ( for real? )


Any additional comments?

This offering is an excellent companion to the entire spectrum of audio offerings based on life on Mars. Well written and performed. Highly recommended.

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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2014
  • Publisher: Skyboat Media, Inc.