Venus by Ben Bova audiobook

Venus

By Ben Bova
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Publishing

The Grand Tour Series: Book 17

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The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying. Years before, Van’s older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus. Van’s father has always hated him for being the one to survive. Now, his father is offering a ten-billion-dollar prize to the first person who lands on Venus and returns his oldest son’s remains. To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything—our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

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Summary

Summary

The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying.

Years before, Van’s older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus. Van’s father has always hated him for being the one to survive. Now, his father is offering a ten-billion-dollar prize to the first person who lands on Venus and returns his oldest son’s remains. To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything—our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.” New York Times
“Bova’s new novel will indeed please his fans, as it offers his usual mix of solid science, serviceable (if sketchy) characterizations, and lickety-split plotting with plenty of cliff-hangers…As a voyage to an unknown world, it excels.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Stefan Rudnicki’s voice is deep and resonant…[and] works well for this book. With its stately pacing, technology-heavy setting, and detailed descriptions, Bova’s story is an old-fashioned space opera, and Rudnicki’s narration is reminiscent of a 1930s radio announcer performing a Buck Rogers serial.” AudioFile
“[A] well-researched, thrills-and-chills descent through Venus’ pressure-cooker atmosphere. With solid science, a palatable environmental message, and an inspiring character arc for unlikely hero Van, Venus delivers guilt-free, man-against-nature SF in a tight, page-turning package.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“A top-notch adventure story of broken dreams and lifelong hatreds that match the turbulence of Venus itself. The author’s excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of the genre’s most accessible and entertaining storytellers. Recommended for SF collections.” Library Journal
“A leading light of hard SF and space advocacy turns his attention from Mars to Venus…Hard SF fans in general and Bova fans in particular will generate strong demand for his highly respectable new effort.” Booklist
“Exciting and vividly wrought.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Scott D 9/13/2017
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Terrific near-future planetary science fiction

I am a fan of Ben Bova’s didactic Grand Tour novels. I like how I come away from each of these novels with a better understanding of how space travel works at our current level of knowledge, and I like how Bova uses what we know about the planets in his stories.

The plot is interesting and satisfying (with a bit of clunky foreshadowing), but the star of the story is Venus. Bova’s characters reach Venus quickly, so the bulk of the novel is spent on their ships, floating in Venus' hostile thick atmosphere. There are plenty of surprises.

Stefan Rudnicki narrates, and yet again I enjoyed him. He’s one of the best narrators we have. I’m always pleased to hear him perform a good piece of science fiction.

Author

Author Bio: Ben Bova

Author Bio: Ben Bova

Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 11.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English