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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781470839024
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Farside, the side of the moon that never faces Earth, is the ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting for a tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder.

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. The race is on to obtain photographs and spectra that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth—and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system, as well as a vast array of radio antennas—the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid mass.

Building the Farside observatory is a complex and often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the moon—under constant bombardment by hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids—builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns, both mechanical and emotional, are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal. But what they ultimately find will stun everyone, and the human race will never be the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of his best.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With his customary use of scientific facts to augment his flair for storytelling, six-time Hugo Award winner Bova brings to life another sf adventure about humanity’s future in space. Bova’s emphasis is on plot and scientific speculation, but his characters still resound with personality.”

    Library Journal

  • Bova carries the story forward with his usual workmanlike, technically savvy narrative, which is interspersed with background facts and biographies of the main characters. The sort of gritty, hands-on, you-are-there yarn at which Bova has long excelled.

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 L Morgan | 1/30/2014

    " 10 word review: horny middle school personalities conspire against each other; the moon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/11/2014

    " Interesting ideas, but the characters are fairly one-sided and not particularly likable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirek | 1/7/2014

    " Reads like a book written by some teenager. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/4/2014

    " audio -- a book about building the 100M mirrors on the dark side of the moon to find Goldilocks. nice SCI of the sci-fi "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 12/30/2013

    " Typical old style science fiction, fast read. OK story but not much depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharblynn | 11/4/2013

    " Murder mystery/romance lite set on the moon. It's funny how so few authors get the love/romance part right. Female authors write it too mushy and male authors write it too factual. Although I wouldn't rush out to read another book by this author, I wouldn't not read another of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Wretlind | 10/24/2013

    " Fun book. Easy to read. However, the tension wasn't there for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Spears | 10/19/2013

    " Way too much expository information delivered via the thoughts of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 10/17/2013

    " This is a remarkably bad book. It is awfully, laughably bad. I find it hard to believe it was actually written by Ben Bova. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 10/11/2013

    " I unabashedly like Bova's books - yeah, women are all sex objects and men are all macho and wacko, but they're fun reads. And SPACE!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Librarygirl71 | 10/5/2013

    " The short chapters were distracting and it ended too nicely. It would have been better with a little twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 9/21/2013

    " Good addition to the Grand Tour stories. Fast paced and good tech stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Miller | 7/4/2013

    " A decent SF story with a solid premise that is certainly a possibility combined with characters having ego's and rivalries. All to realistic and not the optimistic SF where progress means human nature changes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamlyn | 6/25/2013

    " Another book with an interesting location - this time the far side of the moon. However, it rapidly turned into a book I've read many times in the past; mysterious deaths, lots of potential suspects, etc., etc. Only liked it for reading about the science of living on the moon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/21/2013

    " Interesting technology, but cookie cutter characters and plot "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tessie | 1/29/2013

    " Not my cup of tea. While I do enjoy sci-fi thrillers; this one sort of flopped. It never piqued my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Peterson | 1/28/2013

    " Have been reading SF for forty (or more?) years. Good read, somewhat trite murder mystery. Remember, the inanimate doesn't kill -- it takes a person to release the violence of such objects. "

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About the Author
Author Ben Bova

Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.