• Voyagers II

  • The Alien Within
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (627 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Keith Stoner awoke, he found himself in a world changed almost beyond recognition. Eighteen years before, Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to capture an alien ship. The Soviets had to pull out, but Stoner persisted, and while on the strange ship, he fell into suspended animation.

Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Stoner, is now head of Vanguard Industries, which has recovered the alien ship. As a result, her company is now in control of its vast new technology and the fortune it reaps - and in control of Keith Stoner.

What Camerata doesn't know, however, is that someone else has been awake, someone who dwells within Stoner's mind. The alien presence that has kept Stoner alive all this time is now free and intends to explore our world, letting nothing stand in its way.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to the first book in this series, Voyagers, and the third book, Voyagers III: Star Brothers.
©1986 Ben Bova (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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good story

good story, bit preachy to me, but message comes from good heart. writing style improved from first volume. ism going to finish the series.... recommended

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Excellent Story!

Love the continuous intrigue provided by this book. Applies massively to the modern day...Hope that views from characters in this book might fall upon modern day politicians!

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Immorality and corruption finally too much

I gave up with about 4 hours left in the book. Story pretty ok, but cannot carry all the bad human-against-human, actually everybody against everybody backstabbing, corruption and total lack of morality in the book. Recommended for politicians and extreme liberals only. Need a shower now.

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Voyagers Series

If you're looking for a story of space, aliens, space travel, this is not your series. The review addresses Voyagers, Voyagers II, III, and The Return.

Plot. A spacecraft is approaching earth — no response to earth signals. A mission from earth determines that the craft is a sarcophagus - the sole passenger is a dead alien. A ship message tells us to study the alien and his ship and send him on his way to other worlds. A USA astronaut decides to stay on the alien ship, goes into stasis for 18 years, and returns to earth. He has changed - and so has the earth.

Liked: Stuck with it, well, because it IS a Bova series. Narration and production are fine. No sex, no objectionable language, clean reads.

Not so hot: This is NOT a typical SciFi, rather a platform for the author to voice concerns regarding world politics, religious zealots, climate change, nuclear war...the earth will perish if humans do not change. There have been other books and movies with the same basic theme - The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Abyss, more. So, it's been done before - and better, IMO.

Disappointed.

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Capitalists to the rescue

So many strawman arguments in this book I thought I was in a corn maze, it was painful at times. This has to be some of the worst corporate propaganda I've ever wasted my time with. All the evil corporate shenanigans are explained away by one demented psychopathic CEO of a mega corporation, all the women seem strong until you realize how weak they are without a man. The terrorist has daddy issues. It's like this guy just got a book of tropes and listed them alphabetically. Assuming you have a brain save your time give this book a skip. Heck give the author skip. Thank God I can reread foundation by Isaac Asimov. We really need more quality sci-fi.

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great story

a good follow up to the first of the series.looking forward to the last one

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i love this story

I love the story but book 1 is a little slow but you will like this book its great.
ill let others give the story review.
I don't hand out stars out easy but when I do you can count on it.
if you like this book then get all.
unless you like to skip the first book...lol

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  • GH
  • 11-02-13

An Oreo trilogy – Strong 1st, soft 2nd -- 3rd?

I loved the first book in the trilogy. It ended with a surprise. The second book is set 18 years later and the plot weak and uninspiring. We learned about motivations and met some old characters from the first novel -- but the obstacles were not that high and the science fiction not that deep. With the first book being so strong, this book felt more like a setup to the third than a story in its own right. I did like the ending of the book -- so there is that.

Stephan Rudnicki did an excellent job of narration. I love listening to him. If this book had not been narrated by someone so engaging, I would have given it a two stars overall.

This story is a must for the third book as it fills a lot of holes and it's plotline does not at all stand on its own without reading the first -- so don't even try to skip the first novel. All in all disappointing.

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Disappointed

What a disappointment. After the cliff-hanging end to Voyagers I, I actually expected something action-related to happen. This ended up as more of a "personal discovery" / "relationship development" book that was loosely wrapped around a science fiction concept.

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Less Terrible then Voyagers III

Voyagers II is just a little less terrible then Voyagers III-
If Ben Bova wasn't a competent writer, I would say that this novel was a waste of my time. His storytelling saved it from being on my all time worst list. Ayn Rand already wrote Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Add in some George Orwell and Larry Niven with a touch of "Heart of Darkness" and you get this rehash of stale Science Fiction ideas. Even though I disliked this novel, I did care about the characters, and I had to finish it to see how it turned out. Voyagers II and III would have been better short stories. The narration was very well done. If you don't like this novel, don't bother to go on to the third installment, it is downhill from here.

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  • stig1875
  • 11-25-08

Voyagers 11

Up to Bens Bova's high Standard, a good read if you are into Sci Fi can't wait to read Voyager 111

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  • tleaf100
  • 02-25-22

Bleh

Same problem as the original voyagers, too much badly done sex, far too little Sci fi.

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  • John
  • 12-22-17

Good story, poor playback quality.

This audiobook suffers from sound fade, like you used to get on old tape recordings. While you get used to it, it is a distraction.
Overall an enjoyable tale if you like the more classic sci-fi books.