Lenore Myles is a student who travels to Xanadu and becomes involved with Koto. When Koto unwittingly lends her his access codes, Lenore stumbles upon the grisly truth behind Xanadu's glittering facade.
Lenore is soon on the run, hunted down by Saturn, a mysterious entity that moves aggressively to contain the security breach. With the interests of the world's wealthiest people at stake and powerful technology at Saturn's fingertips, Lenore is in a race for her life against a truly formidable foe.
©2000 Larry Niven and Steven Barnes; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Brilliantly weaving high-tech internets, augmentation technologies, and social issues into a fast-paced cloak-and-dagger action adventure, this novel effortlessly moves from the depths of the ocean to the heights of VR to create a dazzling, seamless whole." (Publishers Weekly)
This book fails to break any molds. The plot is a standard hodgepodge of ideas that have been done before, and done better: augmented intelligence, artificial intelligence, the juxtaposition of primitive cultures with high technology, quasi-governmental corporations.
Normally this wouldn’t merit such bad marks, except that it’s a poorly done remix. The dialog leaves something to be desired. The romance scenes are almost painfully cheesy, and most importantly the plot completely lacks foreshadowing. Without spoiling it (and I use that term loosely) I can’t give much away, except to say that you won’t see the final plot-twist coming because there was absolutely no way you could have seen it coming.
The only good news is that reader is quite good. He speaks clearly, and adds just the right amount of dramatic interpretation.
Take a pass on this one for now, and go read Snow Crash, or The Diamond Age. After that, consider giving Saturn’s Race a try, but be forewarned that it’s not nearly as good.
if you can't sleep (yawn) listen to this book... it will... (sigh) help a lot... zzzzz.... the reader was great but... the plot... zzz...
Although the universe in this story had some interesting ideas, the plot just ... well ... it just didn't really all hang together, in my opinion.
Saturn's Race is a pretty good story. It isn't the greatest and is probably best for those who enjoy classic sci-fi. It can get pretty lame whenever there is a love scene, but isn't any different in that respect to titles like "A Brave New World"
I downloaded this book several years ago and loved it. It was engaging and fastpaced. I've listened to it twice since then. Not sure why it has received so much hate from other reviewers. I say don't pay attention to them. Live by your own rules. You won't be sorry.
I like much of Niven's work, but this was just painful to finish. Don't bother with this download.
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