The Precipice : The Asteroid Wars

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
  • Series: The Asteroid Wars
  • 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process. As Randolph, accompanied by two brilliant women astronauts, flies out to the Asteroid Belt aboard a fusion-propelled spacecraft, Humphries makes his move. The future of mankind lies in Randolph's hands.

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What the Critics Say

"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction." (Los Angeles Daily News)
"Stefan Rudnicki, producer and one of the performers, has picked his readers well....The listener has no difficulty picturing the scenes and character interactions as the book wanders across a landscape divided among an ecologically ravaged Earth, spaceships, the moon, space stations, and a few asteroids out in the Belt." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)

The series is like 1950's style space opera like those from Heinlein and Norton. The free use of profanity, in a vailed attempt to make it "adult" makes it not for younger listeners.
Fast paced fun and well crafted the power co the production comes from the grat story based in good science and a fascinating premise. Gerat fun but not for the kids.
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- Chris "Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles."

A Fun Series With Good Science

Not the best at characterization Bova here does at least have good science. The bad guys are really bad and the good really good and the story a bit weak, but I liked it any way (I've run into my share of bad guys who are really bad to buy into the story). The first book was the strongest, with the other two books spending way too much time reviewing what happened previously (there should be a law against that).
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio