The Precipice

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ben Bova
Narrator: Scott Brick , Amanda Karr
Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: February 2005
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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The first novel of the Asteroid Wars about earth's near future from the "leading light of hard Science Fiction and space advocacy"*
Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiralling 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.

Reviews (3)


Written by Anonymous on January 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was very slow, sophomoric, and boring. I told myself I would make myself listen through it, but on disc 6, I simply could take no more. Silence was the preferred option in my 5 hour drive. If you like trivial soap operas with boring stories, this book is for you. Otherwise, steer clear.


Written by Big Jeff on September 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I did not find the cast of narrators bothersome as the previous reviewer did. However, I see how it can get to you. If there were too many more characters, it would have been a problem for me too. This book as a single entity did not do it for me. However, it did develop an interesting set of characters and established an interesting universe that I'd like to see progress. (Somewhat reminiscent of Heinlein). I'm going to give the next book a try and see that if viewed as a whole, we have a story that has an interesting literary conflict and climax. I'll let you know, but reserve the right to punt after book 2 :)


Written by Daniel Murphy on November 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Sorry, altho a big fan of Ben Bova in print, I found this audiobook not just boring but actually unpleasant. The ensemble cast of narrators, with every reader doing every character at some point, was a major distraction. None of these voices hit the right tones or even the right "centers" of individual lines, and all of them soon became terminally annoying. I stuck with it for 4 CDs, hoping that Bova's plotting and vision of the future would save it. I finally hit the eject button when yet another hackneyed and predictable plot development was tossed on the literary table like a dead flounder. Yet another space opera, and a badly done one at that. Bujold does it much, much better.

Author Details

Author Details

Bova, Ben

Dr. Ben Bova has not only helped to write about the future, he helped create it. The author of more than one hundred futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has been involved in science and advanced technology since the very beginnings of the space program. President Emeritus of the National Space Society, Dr. Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and a widely popular lecturer. He has also been an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry.