Moonrise : Grand Tour (Bova)

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Grand Tour (Bova)
  • 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology (microscopic machines which can build structures on the moon using lunar raw materials as well as correct damage done to the human body by illness and injury.) But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure. Former astronaut and brilliant visionary Paul Stavenger must prevent the project from falling into the wrong hands as a power struggle leads to murder and the near destruction of Moonbase.

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What the Critics Say

"This exciting, realistic near-future tale is an essential purchase for sf collections." (Library Journal)
"Bova's picture of life on the moon and the technology necessary to sustain it is highly believable." - (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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A worthy read / listen

What made the experience of listening to Moonrise the most enjoyable?

Stefan Rudnicki


What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Rudnicki is one of the best - hands down! He could probably make almost any story enjoyable.


Any additional comments?

This was my first Ben Bova book. The style reminded me a lot of Orson Scott Card (or maybe OSC takes after Bova??) Anyway, between the similar style plus Rudnicki (who narrates most of OSC's books) I would often think I was listening to an OSC book. If you like OSC then you will probably like this book. If you don't like OSC, you probably won't.

Like OSC books, It seemed a bit longer than it needed to be but it did keep my interest. I learned a lot about the moon in the process, as well, which was cool. You are thrown for an unexpected little loop at the end of Part 1, and then jumps ahead in time to wrap up the story.

You will spend a lot of time on the moon and Bova does a good job building the future world of Moon Base, a space station, and various spots on Earth. The technology he describes is solid well thought out.

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- Brian

Good, though frustrating

What did you like best about Moonrise? What did you like least?

The best part of Moonrise is the science. It's presented in a clear, understandable manner and Bova's extrapolation of current technologies is well considered and logical. While the story is, for the most part intriguing, it was also frustrating. The problem I found was the inconsistencies of the characters. Having been introduced to them in a very detailed manner, I found myself having a hard time believing their actions. Their character as developed in the back story, did not support the actions they took.

There were also several repetitive concepts and phrases which I found distracting: the smooth walls of the crater, blasted by the microscopic granuals of lunar regolith, the wobbling jowels of Dr. Zimmerman, etc. Once was good, several times was repetitive, distracting and only served to extend a story to 18 hours, that could have been accomplished in significantly less.

I found the narration to be fairly stiff and it was sometimes difficult to tell which character was which. Some, though not all of the accents were poorly presented and inconsistent.


Would you recommend Moonrise to your friends? Why or why not?

I would perhaps recommend the book, but with reservations. The science of the fiction is solid, intriguing and compelling. The fiction that carries the science - not so much. The character development is weak and it's difficult to become attached to any of the characters or relate to them as their behavior just doesn't make sense sometimes.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stefan Rudnicki?

Dick Hill comes to mind, though with a little work on his accents and character definition, Stefan Rudnicki would be greatly improved.


Could you see Moonrise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This could possibly be movie material, but would require a significantly truncated plot.


Any additional comments?

I came very close to abandoning this book after the first few hours. I'm glad I finished it, but probably won't pick up the sequel.

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- N. Hopkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.