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The story starts slowly and it took me a while to get into it. It's a strange story in that the set up for the adventure seems unlikely to me.
It's about a large group of people who are thrown together for the first human journey out to Saturn. Their backgrounds seem odd to me for such a 'ground breaking' scientific expedition. However, it's difficult to judge how society would respond after the Greenhouse Cliff and with the New Morality involved. Parts of the story were driven by the luck the characters had, especially towards the end. I like Ben Bova's stories and this one is OK, but to me it's not one of his best.
If you like Science Fiction this book is fine and I'd certainly recommend you read / listen to the book, but it's not the greatest.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
In a word the worst rendition of a story ever. I tried to ignore the droll, dull mind-numbingly annoying rendition and finally binned the whole of the book. My advice is do not bother. The exceptionally poor performance makes this unlistenable. I have deleted the lot.
Saturn is a good follow-on to Jupiter. It seems unlikely that nuts would ever be in charge of Earth as Bova proposes, but at least they provide a good plot device for our explorers to leave for Saturn and for the later conflicts on the way. Having read Jupiter and Venus, I think I enjoy Bova's stories in the audio form a little better. I wish the whole collection were available on Audible.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book could be classified as political SF if there was such a catagory. The science is almost a sideline and is always viewed through political eyes. Saying that the characters are 3 diminsional and totally believable. The action is well drawn out. The narration was excellent. A good read.
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