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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Stross Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781440760440
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The Hugo Award–winning author of numerous bestsellers, Charles Stross crafts tales that push the limits of the genre.

In Saturn’s Children, Freya is an obsolete android concubine in a society where humans haven’t existed for hundreds of years. A rigid caste system keeps the Aristos, a vindictive group of humanoids, well in control of the lower, slave-chipped classes. So when Freya offends one particularly nasty Aristo, she’s forced to take a dangerous courier job off-planet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Good fun… Heinlein himself would’ve liked this.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “One of the most stylishly imaginative robot tales ever penned.”

    Booklist

  • A 2009 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2009 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micah | 2/18/2014

    " Considerably less lame than the cover would seem to indicate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam Proven | 2/7/2014

    " Very interesting take on the robot-future from Charlie. Lots of lovely buried references - quite a few Heinlein quotes, pastiches and homages, from nipples that go "spung!" to "why should I learn to conn a ship, balance a chequebook, command people (etc.) when I can get someone to do it for me with a blowjob". Excellent fun, interesting involving plot, sympathetic characters & some occasionally-unpleasantly-realistic science. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 1/19/2014

    " This tale of a female robot almost works. It is a tale that moves the goalposts a little too often and borrows from Asimov and Heinlein. At times, it is quite exciting and there is a very imaginative approach to space travel. The sexual content is sparser than the flap jacket or some of the more lurid covers might make you imagine. It is also not surprisingly described in quite mechanical fashion. I never quite felt the attachment for the heroine I wanted to; I think it was more to with the book not hooking me in, hence the long time reading it, rather than her being non-human. I felt my imagination being stretched at times and the thriller element diminish as I tried to conjure in my minds I the scenes that were portrayed. The central theme of a female robot courtesan created too late for the extinct human race seems to me original and the idea of robots that will always live in their shadow is quite well thought out. I like this book, but certainly did not love it. If it were some one that I knew, it would be an acquaintance rather than a good friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeromind | 1/2/2014

    " Interesting book with several novel ways at looking at things. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/1/2014

    " Fun Science Fiction. Political infighting and mystery among the robots who remain after humanity has died off. There are references to The Maltese Falcon. Stross, as always, is a bit twisted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/9/2013

    " Definitely an interesting plot. Sometimes it got a little repetitive in backstory (all humans are dead, etc. etc.), and other times it was sort of confusing, but overall very well written and hard to put down. Also, robot sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/14/2013

    " Another great one by Stross! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 11/4/2013

    " Charles Stross ability to create a world and bring me into it is great. I'm not sure quite why, but for me, while there was plenty of other plot issues, there was a bit to much focus on the sexual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 9/9/2013

    " This is a very good book to lose yourself with when you have final exams. Its just enough mystery to keep you occupied while resting your mind. A+ for effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulkelly05 | 1/6/2013

    " This was a meh SciFi book. A few interesting parts but mostly disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandeep | 9/28/2012

    " funny as hell, in a Heinlein kinda way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 bick | 6/30/2012

    " All I'm going to say is that I don't read Charles Stross for his female characters...or for the covers of his books. I mean man. Could you get a cover that makes me look more like a scifi nerd perv? Please don't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Inga | 4/11/2012

    " For a book described in one review as "robo-pervy" there wasn't too much perv...but I really liked the descriptions of interplanetary travel, especially the realistic physics, timeframes, and the overall impression of the extremely inhospitable vastness of space. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/3/2012

    " Great book but I think that the different sib / soul chip narratives could have been better handled in the text. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/2/2011

    " Good, but kind of hard to follow if you keep putting it down and picking it back up, as the characters tend to swap names/bodies/timelines a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris "Stu" | 8/29/2011

    " Pales in comparison to ACCELERANDO, but is still worth a read. Definitely the best book narrated by a sexbot after the extinction of humanity, but that's not exactly a genre that's pumping out the hits these days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 5/17/2011

    " Reasonbly good book, some interesting ideas I had not seen before. Got into it pretty well. 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 5/10/2011

    " This book is just fun to read. I love space opera. This rubs the spot.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/22/2011

    " Definitely an interesting plot. Sometimes it got a little repetitive in backstory (all humans are dead, etc. etc.), and other times it was sort of confusing, but overall very well written and hard to put down. Also, robot sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/28/2011

    " Debated between 3 and 4 stars - a good yarn, but one of the underlying plot devices (revealed late in the book) is somewhere between preposterous and ugly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 2/20/2011

    " Interesting conceit about a world where humans have died off leaving intelligent but slave-chipped robots to carry on. Opera drama ensues with plenty of plot twists, Turns out, in Stross' world, robots are just like people when given power. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 1/30/2011

    " Endless descriptions of how bad space travel is accompanied by slavery and rape? I'm there!

    Wait, no I'm not. This book is awful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/25/2011

    " This one was supposed to be good, but I just couldn't get into it. The main character just wasn't provocative or believable. Maybe I'll try again some day. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels, including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn’s Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato, winner of ten Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.