Return to Mars: 6 (Engelska) Ljud-CD – Oavkortad, 1 Augusti 2008
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- Utgivare : Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged utgåvan (1 Augusti 2008)
- Språk : Engelska
- ISBN-10 : 1433263793
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433263798
"Absorbing and thoroughly satisfying: Mars fans will pounce, while newcomers will feel welcome too."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Bova makes the speculative hard science aspects of this novel vivid and appealing."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Bova skillfully develops plot and characters in this tale, showing the talent that has earned him six Hugo Awards...Highly recommended."-- "Library Journal"
"Characterization is better than usual in this kind of adventure, the pacing is brisk, the scientific details are convincing, and Bova's depiction of the Martian environment is outstanding indeed. No one who enjoyed Mars is likely to turn down this lively continuation of it."-- "Booklist"
Combines speculative fiction with psychological thriller...Rudnicki does a wonderful job reading this story, and [it is] quite possible to lose oneself in his performance...Excellent.-- "SoundCommentary.com"
Provocative and believable...Bova writes with sparkling clarity.-- "St. Petersburg Times"
Where Bova shines is in making science not only comprehensible but entertaining.-- "New York Times Book Review"
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.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.
Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.
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Return to Mars finds Jamie Waterman, protagonist of Mars, leading the 2nd expedition to our red neighbor along with a group of seven other scientists and astronauts. Unlike Mars, where the team only had a month to explore, in Return to Mars the research team is coming in for an extended 18 month stay. After the discovery of life on Mars in the previous book, the group will continue their search for new small-scale life, explore more of the surface, including a trip into Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system, and a return to Mars' "Grand Canyon" where the first martian life was found, and where Jamie thought he had spotted a cliff dwelling indicating that intelligent life may once have lived on Mars. In addition to confronting the harsh environment of Mars, they will have to deal with personality conflicts among the team, play politics with the man responsible for bankrolling the expedition and face the fact that they have a saboteur among them.
As with all of the Grand Tour books so far, Return to Mars is narrated by several of the main characters and includes small bits of back story on a few of them. High points of Return to Mars include Bova's ability to immerse the reader in being there on Mars. The descriptions of Mars and its environment feel very real and are well done. The pacing and sense of adventure is also good and there was no point in the story where it felt bogged down. While Return to Mars doesn't contain a lot of action, there's plenty of adventure and discovery. Introduced as diary entries every couple of chapters the saboteur plot element is also well done. We can see the saboteur slowly become more unhinged and unstable as their attempts to force the team to leave Mars become more and more dangerous. This really was a good mystery and at certain times I though the person responsible for the increasing level of sabotage could have been almost anyone on the team exculding Jamie and Dex.
The biggest drawback to me in Return to Mars (and what prevented me from giving it five stars) were the extreme points of view of Bova's characters. One of the conflicts faced throughout most of the book is what to do with Mars. Jamie wants to keep Mars pure and safe for future research while his chief rival on the team, Dex Trumball (one of the geologists on the team) and his Dex's father (who bankrolled this 2nd expedition) want to open Mars up for tourism, sell its relics (some of the previous landers) to the highest bidder and basically turn Mars into an amusement park. The problem is that both characters pursue their side of the argument to such an unbending level that they both become caricatures for their cause. Their inability to reach a compromise or even see the other's point of view borders on ridiculous (until the end of the book when Dex has a change of heart). Is it so impossible to think that we couldn't have some level of tourism on Mars without contaminating the whole planet? That's what we're supposed to believe.
Like many Bova books, there's too much high-school sexual angst among the characters. Jamie and Dex battle for the love of the mandatory hot, female scientist. We're also privy to every other character's sexual activity, leading to most of the crew being very one-note. They're either doing some science related thing, or they're hooking up, trying to hook up, or talking about other team members hooking up. With one exception ("Possum" Craig), these two things are the only interest the other team members have. It's very overdone and quickly falls into a pattern of smart, successful scientists acting like love-lorn 15 year olds.
In summary, Return to Mars, despite sometimes being held back by repetitive and often wooden "romance" and the extreme nature of the characters is a good adventure. Had it focused less on "who's doing it" and more on the adventure and discovery, it might have elevated to being great.