The Sam Gunn Omnibus

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Hillary Huber, Don Leslie, Moria Quirk, Stefan Rudnicki
  • 29 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.
Whether he’s suing the Pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the virtual sex trade, or on trial for his life on charges of interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey who’ll meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve, and a weapon in his pocket.
Now, for the first time in one volume, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never-before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the solar system to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term venture capitalist.

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What the Critics Say

“Bova has ambitiously and deftly created a three-in-one narrative that satisfies any and all readerly desires to see the life of his signature rogue assembled into coherent form…. Bova has successfully added to the storehouse of a particularly American folklore. Sam Gunn is Mike Fink and Paul Bunyan (although their opposite in size), Rockefeller and Carnegie, Sam Slick and Penrod, the plucky protagonists from Horatio Alger and the irreverent ones from Mark Twain. His exploits… are new manifestations of an eternal archetype in the American psyche." (SciFi Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Quaint collection of short stories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is an anthology of short stories revolving around the character Sam Gunn. Ben Bova's flavor of sci-fi is not hardcore, operatic, or techno-anything. The stories instead are character-driven and they play out in front of the backdrop of space.Sam is a NASA astronaut who becomes an entrepeneuer. He is a shallow character who likes action and the ladies. The stories are of his outrageous exploits in the "beginning" of interplanetary travel. The stories are framed around a "biography" documentary that is being written by a newish journalist named Jade who lives on the moon. The narration was decent, but the story seemed a bit silly. If I were still about 10 years old and hadn't read any other sci-fi other than Heinlein, I may think this was genius....


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- Elsie MacGregor

Great for long roadtrips

The stories of varying length are connected, sort of.

A light hearted and amusing listen.

Well worth a credit.

Of all the anecdotes I most liked the duplicating machine and the rationale for developing it. A precursor for those nifty 3D printers perhaps. I do have to wonder about the black hole and Sam's way of winning on the Stock Exchange. And the holy hologram was good fun.
If you want or need a smile (or chuckle) and are not worried too much by political correctness or looking for a literary masterpiece this really could be a good holiday listen.
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- Sandy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-30-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.