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I was very excited about the story line of this book. As soon as I read the description, I had high hopes. For the most part, I got my wish. It was a good story with believable characters, but it wasn't without its flaws.
The story begins with a researcher discovering a city on the moon by using a super computer to resolve moon images. The ruins, made almost completely of glass, have remained hidden from earth's view. He shares this information with his wife and several trusted friends who are determined to tell the world of the discovery by bringing back the first real alien artifacts. The first half of the book is focused around gathering the people, the new technology, and the money to enable them to travel to the moon and explore the ruins of the thousand mile long city. All the while, a secret government agent is following them to discover how much they know and, if necessary, silence them.
When they do finally get to the moon, what they discover could change everything that humanity has believed for thousands of years about their origins and place in the universe. If that isn't enough, it soon becomes apparent that they are not the first people from earth to make it to the city...
As I said, just the concept of the book was fascinating. I really enjoyed the whole thing, and must have listened to it in almost one day. Having said that, I think there were a few things that could have been better...
First, I found the whole concept of an "invisible city" to be a little hard to believe. The author describes the city as covering the majority of the face of the moon. Even if the city were made of glass, I don't think it would have gone as unnoticed as the author suggests... Second, the technology seemed to be a little out of date to me. I didn't expect them to be building Star Trek type ships and flying to the moon, but the equipment and technology the characters were using left something to be desired. Even the tech that they find on the moon seemed a little dull. Third, I found the whole sub-plot with the secret government agent to be unfulfilled. He essentially disappears once the main characters leave earth, and you never really find out who he was, what he was covering up, or anything about him.
The whole book could also have been a bit longer...
All in all, I thought this was a good listen. It's rare that I listen to any audio books as quickly as this one...
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
I am very impressed with the imaginative twist on HGWells' First Men in the Moon. I really enjoyed the Audible spoken version as the reader was very good. Overall it is a fun, positive story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
'Delightful' is the best way to sum up this peek into the past style of science fiction writing. It all begins with a mystery - an anomaly picked up by one Douglas Charles Hastings when entering data from photographs taken of the moon during Apollo missions. He becomes convinced that something - an ancient glass domed city? - is there and, together with a group recruited to help, determines to visit the moon to investigate. With much scientific explanations, and a lot of suspension of disbelief, the reader goes on an adventure to explore with this 'jolly' of mostly elderly NASA old timers. Slow paced and very visually written, Underneath the Moon has the feel of H.G.Wells' (early 1900s) book, The First Men in the Moon - or even the animated man and dog visit of Wallace and Grommit. Yes, quite delightful.
Superbly narrated by J.Scott Bennett, his reading is paced to fit the subject, with excellent expression and intonation. His voicings of the many characters are also distinctive, individual and appropriate, all adding to the simple delight of this slowly evolving mystery thriller. Another excellent performance by this talented voice actor.
If looking for a fast, action packed thriller, this is not for you. But for the listener wanting something quirky, more like the classic S.F. space explorations from before the time when we could finally see the dark side of the moon, give it a try. The narration is excellent, the ideas intriguing - and I, for one, will be looking out for a possible following story.
Where does Underneath the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Towards the top. I liked the descriptions of the science of space travel and the premise of the story is good.
What other book might you compare Underneath the Moon to, and why?
I don't think I can offer an easy comparison. It's quite a fresh story. Science around our NASA science and science as in science fiction mixed with elements of action.
What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
J. Scott Bennett did a really good job with this book. There’s tons of male characters and he kept them all distinct using various regional and international accents. The ladies all sounded good as well. Great job!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
You might ask what's on the moon but let's scratch the surface and see what's in it.
Any additional comments?
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