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March 15, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Farside by Ben Bova

Farside by Ben BovaFarside
by Ben Bova
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publish Date: February 12, 2013
Format: Audio, 9 hours | 40 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
Rating: 4 of 5

In the near future earthlings have begun to colonize the moon. Construction has recently begun on an astronomical observatory located on the opposite side of the moon called Farside. Since the far side of the moon never faces earth, it is sheltered from radio interference making it the perfect place to build a powerful optical and radio telescope in the solar system.

Once the telescope is completed it will be able to receive data for scientists to determine whether a newly discovered earth-like planet can support life. But building the telescope won’t be an easy task. It is extremely dangerous working outside on the moon’s surface and after the occurrence of a series of accidents, it appears someone doesn’t want this project to succeed.

My Thoughts

Ben Bova, one of my favorite science fiction authors, builds believable worlds with real science presented in a way the non-technical reader can understand and enjoy. His cast of characters are easy to relate to and will appeal to readers of all types of genres, not only science fiction.

This type of novel is what I like to call a ‘space opera’ with drama, action and adventure. Strong, brave men and smart, good-looking women. (The men and women did get a little stereotypical at times but I took that in-stride as part of the space opera theme of the novel). There’s a mystery, a romance, a murder to be solved, conflict with nano tech policies back on Earth, good guys vs bad guys; overall a fast-paced, entertaining read.

I listened to the audio, read by Stefan Rudnicki. The production was nicely paced and Stefan’s baritone voice was easy to listen to. The large number of characters made it necessary to pay attention as his changes in accent and tone for the various individuals were subtle. I prefer several narrators when there are more than a few primary characters and there are male and female voices.

Farside is the latest book in Ben Bova’s The Grand Tour series, a group of books which chronicle humanity’s struggles to colonize our solar system in the late 21st century. Many, like this one, stand alone and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys escaping into futuristic or space exploration novels.

Source: Review copy.
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Leave a Comment
  1. Suko / Mar 15 2013 7:56 pm

    Excellent, concise review, Leslie. This “space opera” does sound like it would stand alone well.


  2. stacybuckeye / Mar 15 2013 9:12 pm

    I’ve never read Bova, but if you say that a non-science person like myself can enjoy him then I ‘ll have to give him a try.



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