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  • Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
    "Great SiFi"
    Overall

    I have been a reader of science fiction for many years but only recently began listening to audio books. Jupiter was my first audio SiFi and I couldn't be happier with the whole experience. Bova's story is a classic SiFi with a riviting story line, good science, interesting characters, and an underlying politic theme. The great story is made even better with the wonderful oral presentation. I began listening to the story in car while traveling to work and appointments. The story was so captivating, I was soon wearing the ear buds from the car into the office and home. Then it was any lame excuse I could make...in the bathroom at times. I have just downloaded Titan and hope for more of the same. There were a few technical details I thought overlooked by Bova, like the characters could talk while submerged in a PFC liquid. The fluid would have slowed the vocal cords too much to allow speech. Also, the characters are "connected" to the ship with fiber optic lines attached to their legs. This system of connectivity would be very cumbersome and in fact was in the story. Yet the PDA-type devices apparently connected to the ship by some other wireless system not explained in detail. Obviously, a wireless system would be far more likely in this situation. But despite such little details, Bova does a wonderful job imagining the possibilities of the Jovian atmosphere and all that lies within.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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