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Douglas Hastings' passion for anything NASA drove him to analyze a treasure trove of Moon photos taken during all Apollo missions. Doug had started to believe the conspiracy theories and rumors that had swirled for years; that NASA had discovered more than just rocks on the Moon and had conspired to keep the rest of the world in the dark.

A super computer's enhancement and compilation of the old photos proved his belief and sent him on a quest that has now revealed revolutionary new space travel technology and will enable him to lead a group on a return journey to explore ancient ruins on the lunar surface. But Doug's pursuit of the truth and discovery of a destroyed GLASS city on the Moon pale in comparison to what lies underneath the lunar surface. What he finds will solve the mystery of a long-dead Apollo Astronaut and provide clues to the missing elements of Earth's ancient history. But, even he isn't prepared for the discovery that will reveal the past and change the future of mankind; FOREVER!

©2015 Dan Holt (P)2015 Dan Holt

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Very Good, But Could Use Some Changes/Updates

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.

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Excellent imaginative story

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.

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Surprisingly entertaining.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Most audiobooks are time well spent, and this offering is not exception. It does have some editing, continuity and thematic issues ( how many times do people eat breakfast or lunch in space, etc.) but on balance it's rather entertaining.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It does have some aspects of the YA fiction, but then adult themes come out. It does need enhanced authenticity in terms of research, and can be niave some times, but on balance it has the core of an interesting story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The initial discovery of the crystal city is interesting and well drawn.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I saw "Interstellar" so I could see this one as well.

Any additional comments?

I received this book from Audioblast for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I actually had this book in my wish list at Audible before I received it, and found it entertaining.

The performer does a reasonably good job of keeping the characters consistent, and the journey is interesting. The conclusion seems rushed, and the book does suffer from an editing need. All that said, it is a reasonably good offering, and I recommend it with qualifications.

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Fun conspiracy theory

This was a fun book - ever wonder why we didn't go back to the moon... If we had the technology in this book, it would revolutionize so many industries. After the first book you find yourself cheering for the group and wanting to hear what they are up to next. Not sure I would have gone to the moon without a back-up plan - it's not like you an call AAA if your spaceship breaks down. Looking forward to listening to the next books in the series.

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Intriguing Story

This story reminds me of older, classic easy to read science fiction. The story is intriguing and the plot which starts out a little slow picks up the pace as the story develops. This book which is mainly about discovery sets the foundation for the series. The characters are likable and relatable. The description of the exploration and examination of the ruins is interesting. The narrator, J. Scott Bennett did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life by providing each character with an individual distinctive voice. I was provided a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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So boring!

The description on the cover of the book captured my interest. Unfortunately, the description was the most interesting and well written part of the book. I thought the story line was very good and there was a lot of potential, but the book failed to deliver. The characters were two dimensional and uninteresting. The plot was nonexistent. I'm a 4th grade teacher and feel 4th graders could easily read this independently and comprehend it. Maybe even 3rd graders. In addition to grammatical errors, the story lacked those literary devices such as adjectives and words that have more than three syllables, that make writing interesting. I have no desire to read the sequel.

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What did NASA see up there? And why hide it?

Imagine you've been spending most of your time enhancing photographs from the Apollo missions looking for something out of the ordinary. Now imagine you find something, something so big you almost can't believe it could be covered up. Now imagine you were a former NASA astronaut who lost his family in a horrific car accident and you weren't allowed to go to be an astronaut anymore. Well, these two worlds will collide in Underneath The Moon.

Narration for Underneath the Moon was done by J. Scott Bennett -- at first I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about his narration style. He seemed to have a theater voice, which is fine for some forms of literature, but for a conspiracy laced science fiction book I wasn't so sure it would work. Either he toned it down, or I got used to it because for the rest of the book I didn't seem to have any issues with his narration style. Bennett does a fine job with this book and gives a nice addition to the overall feel of the book

Easily, one of my favorite parts of this was explaining the new technology behind the new engine that they were planning on using. I just loved the science behind it, and the large change that it could/would bring into the transportation industries.

The main characters, while a little "cooky" as most conspiracy theorists are, were still likable and enjoyable additions to the story. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about them throughout. They just kind of felt "out there" without much explanation. Granted, that's how most conspiracy theorists tend to be, but I felt this book was missing the "why" factor for some of the characters.

The science and engineering part of the story were incredibly interesting and I'm glad that it was included, it really made the venture and everything that happens later in the story plausible.

Overall, the story was above average good until the very last 5-10 chapters. Especially the final chapter. I wasn't sure how this story was going to end, and I won't lie it didn't end the way I had envisioned at all, but I'm okay with that.

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Curious

I must admit I had doubts at first when I started listening to this, but it turned out to be an okay story. Granted he is not the same caliber as Arthur C. Clark or Larry Niven. Some of the plot development seemed to defy reality, then again most stories do or else there would be no story. The plot so far gives me the feel of the old time sci-if stories. Forbidden Planet kept coming to mind.

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Entertaining

A pet project enhancing a collection of old NASA Apollo Mission photographs leads to discovery of a cover up. What started as a side project ends as a mission to the moon.

I liked the way the story progressed from ‘lets blow up these cool images’ to ‘we’re going to the moon.’ It was entertaining. I liked the introduction of the people and technology that get this group to the moon and back in record time. I did however have to take off stars for a couple of things. Interspersed throughout the chapters were snippets of someone in I think a flashback or something. At first these flashbacks added anticipation, but I’m not sure they were fully resolved by the end of the story. Unless there is a sequel in the works that will flesh that part of the story out a bit more, the plot could do without them. I’m also not sure why the team didn’t include a geologist or linguist (either on the ground or in the spacecraft). There were characters who had these specialties in the story but they were not even contemplated for the mission team. I also wasn't sure how I felt about the ending. The main discovery of what was under the moon was interesting...but then there is also what I'll call a secondary discovery related to the human race which felt a little...I don't know...like it was thrown in there for extra effect. In my opinion the main discovery would have been shocking enough on it's own.

I think for me the narrator added to the book and allowed it to be 4 stars for me. The narration was good. Pacing, clarity and character differentiation were all nicely done. It was easy to listen to his voice throughout the book. I’ve listened to this narrator before and enjoyed this performance as well as the others.

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Theoretical science & suspension of disbelief

If you could sum up Underneath the Moon in three words, what would they be?

Wild new ideas

What was one of the most memorable moments of Underneath the Moon?

The total cover-up of a civilian on the moon for over 30 years

Have you listened to any of J. Scott Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved when they were testing the flying saucer, tucking money in the kite, jump starting the car, dropping by to show off and leaving the fighter aircraft in the dust.This was a fun book but lots of technical conversations I needed to and wanted to listen to again. I enjoyed this book very much

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  • Leon
  • 09-18-18

Ancient aliens meets cocoon

Great story, there are a lot of books about ancient aliens and the moon. This one however, brings in the past of the NASA moon landings, aliens, plots and twists.
Just wish it was a little longer

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-28-17

Boy, am I glad to see you guys.

'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.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 01-29-16

A good solid sci fi

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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