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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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 "I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon."

Another masterpiece of Ben Bova

Another book in the "grand tour" series is now done - And it was the Moonrise book.

This book in the series is the first book about the expanding solar system and the humans expansion.

The plot starts of with a murder.

The head of mastersons industies, Gregory Masterson commits what looks like a suicide. His son Greg with his wife Joanna blames Joannas new love, Paul to be the blame for the suicide if not the killer. Ths ongoing plot continues through the hole book and infests the relation between Greg and Joannas new son Doug.

In between this major plot is small subplots. The startup problems of Moonbase, a base at the Alphonsus crater at the moon.

The struggling and problematic use of nanotechnology when the "nano"-luddites make the use almost forbidden on the earth.

In this, Ben Bova also give a hash slap at "New Morality". A fundamental rise of all religious principles, Jew, Muslim, Christian, etc, that forms this new group and makes demands of all universities and people and demands more morality and fosters censorship. A bit of scary predictions of what can happens if we don't keep free speech open.

As usual Stefan Rudnicki makes and excellent narration of the book and his different voices of the different characters in the books make for a very easy and enjoyable read.

A plus 5 read for sure.
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- Jan Saell

Book Details

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