• Planet Pluto

  • A Suspense Novel
  • By: B.C. Chase
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Sci-fi Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize.

An adventure three billion miles from Earth.

On August 25, 2012, the Voyager 1 probe crossed into interstellar space. It contained a "golden record" with sounds, pictures, and greetings from Earth.

On March 15, 2013, NASA received a transmission from the spacecraft that said: "Hello. We received your golden record. Let's meet."

Now, internationally best-selling author B.C. Chase invites you on a daring first contact mission into deep space with five intrepid astronauts, one spunky cosmonaut, and a 75-year-old truck driver.

"Compulsively readable... Packed with mysteries and surprises... Enough detail to thrill fans of The Martian." (Hugo award-winning author Tim Pratt)

Previously published as Pluto's Ghost. This edition, dedicated to the team that launched the New Horizons probe, contains an interview with the author from Publishers Weekly Booklife.

"Irreverent humor...Vivid...Memorable...As original as it can get." (Publishers Weekly critic)

"Planet Pluto is a compulsively readable, twisty first-contact tale about a voyage from Earth to the edge of the solar system to meet mysterious aliens. The protagonist is an engagingly irascible elderly truck driver the aliens wanted along for reasons of their own, and his cranky-but-charming voice provides an excellent grounding for a tale full of physical, mechanical, and moral disasters. Planet Pluto is packed with mysteries and surprises, and filled with enough interesting engineering detail to thrill fans of The Martian." (Tim Pratt, best-selling author)

"A fast-paced, exciting, and suspenseful thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Four of four stars." (Onlinebookclub.org)

"Sometimes different is better. That's the case here.... Fast and fun." (The Oklahoman)

"Chase has the raw talent for writing, and the way he's able to put you right inside the main character's head is fantastic." (Scifiandscary.com)

B.C. Chase is the internationally best-selling author of the Paradeisia Trilogy, which critics have hailed as one of the greatest franchises of our time. His electrifying talent for combining the latest in scientific breakthroughs with edge-of-your-seat thrills has earned him a reputation as a master of suspense. Amazon has named him among its top 10 sci-fi authors. Visit the official website at bcchase.com for a chance to win free books.

"Chase's clean, flowing prose and bright sense of humor liven up a tale." (Publishers Weekly critic)

©2020 B.C. Chase (P)2020 B.C. Chase

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Slow burn, emotional ending..

I don't know if I would've ever read this book beyond the first couple of chapters, but casting Steve Carlson to narrate it was a superb choice and made this one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a while. The end was a perfect send-off for the main character, Jim. Loved it!

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Excellent

I found so much in this book that really helped me understand my own feelings about challenges that I have faced. Just over 70 myself, I found myself engrossed with Jim.

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immersive story telling

The plot was well thought out. It was full of suspense with believable characters. The science was based on current technology.
The narrator was excellent! His ability to play multiple characters, both male and female, was amazing and contributed significantly to the pacing of the story.
I have listened to hundreds of audio books and I highly recommend this one.

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Fantastic find! A must get!

A great find. It is a must read for any sci fi fan! I couldn't put it down. It has an original and disturbing story.

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Great twist!

This was a pleasant surprise, seriously had me completely in the dark about the true villain until the very end.

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I like the main character but hated the closing.

it kept me interested and the main character was entertaining. The story and possibility of their meeting whatever was fascinating. The ending and explanation of everything just about had me throw my phone out the window. It's been a long time since a booked irritated me like this ending did.

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a dud

I struggled hard to finish it. the ending was a complete let down. characters could have been better developed. science was way off. not recommended. very sleepy narrator.

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Lousy ending spoils the tale...

Up until the last couple chapters, I was good with the story, and then I am thrown a WTF moment - almost as if a totally separate story was grafted onto the end. Bleh!!! I can think of any number of unhappy comments and rejoinders to make, but I will just say it did not satisfy and leave it at that. Pity, but there is no accounting for taste. I am happy for those who enjoyed it, and perhaps the author can think on creating an alternate version for all of us malcontents...

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Lousy ending ruins the book.

Without giving away what ultimately happens, let’s just say that the way the author depicts the aliens, their ultimate goals, and their values makes the whole book pointless. I can understand why aliens would be alien, but they are far less interesting than the inscrutable aliens who built the Monolith of 2001, to which this book has been unjustifiably compared.

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Very enjoyable!!

I am always looking for the sci-fi book that is about space travel that has lots of science and is believable. This one has it all! Steve Carlson did a great job with all of the characters voices and the story kept me coming back. I couldn't wait to get to Pluto!

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Beautiful and thrilling.

2001 meets Gravity mixed with a dash of Interstellar and strangely, Pixar's Up and you get this wonderful story!