The ring world by Larry Nevin.
What a great reader. I can't wait to listen to more of his books.
If you like "space" science fiction, this is good. The only thing that didn't quite work with this book was the way the relationships were handled - best friends, then suddenly worst enemies for decades with no option to reconcile until the very last minute before death. No subtlety and no "gray". Quality of the performance was great.
Excellent story that picked you up and took you along with the flight into relativistic future, with many twists and multiple completely new situations and aliens.
Has many similarities to many other books, "A Space Odessy", "Promethius" where humanity flies off to meet invisible/departed entities springing to mind.
I found the to and fro of control of the main female characters tiring and unbelievable. Other than that an excellent yarn and very well narrated.
classic sci-fi. i love books like this, hope i find more books like this on audible. narration was great too.
I found that after a few minutes the narrator seems to fit this story perfectly, just my opinion but I really liked the fit. The story was was well written and epic in scale with good character development but you would have to for a story of this scale. I will say the plot was a bit predictable but who cares it was just a great story anyway. Oh yes before I finish, I found the musk dogs to be absolutely disgusting, just saying. Over all I would absolutely recommend the book.
Chisholm, I found him to be just creepy and enigmatic.
Politics and personal gain are universally the most common thing in all of time and space...
An exciting stand-alone sci-fi story that starts in a very approachable near future, then stomps on the accelerator and rockets into adventure.
I will read more of this author's works, as the story is excellent. I cared what happened to several of the characters. The narrator did an excellent job, and his many different voices distinguish the characters nicely. The audiobook is hurt somewhat by poor audio editing: places where the author and the narrator left short pauses to indicate a new scene or passage of time have been removed. Presumably this was done to reduced download size. I'll gladly download a few extra seconds of silence to improve the flow of the narration.
Good realization of alien beings and intelligences. Not all the secrets are revealed, there is room for speculation and mystery. Unpredictable shifts and turns in human relations and politics.
I will search out more of John Lee's works (and hope for better audio editing).
I felt optimistic and energized after reading the book.
A very nice entry point for anyone interested in beginning to read Alastair Reynolds.
Interesting hook wondering how the first far-future section ties into the near future storyline
Bella - the captain of the ship
Catching up with the runaway "moon"
The characters were well portrayed (writing and performance) so you do end up caring what happens to them.
The story and universe the author created was imaginative and in ways hopeful. It was a great story to hear. In lots of ways the realism of operations in space was excellently conveyed.
You will want to know more even after such a long story. Some of the best parts during the book used advanced technology then at the end I was left wondering what will happen with the new stuff.
I found myself really enjoying all the alien contact scenes. The aliens were imaginative and somehow likely, though in certain ways they felt stretched around the author's themes.
There was a moment when Bella, the captain, gives a pep talk to the crew and it all seems to go horribly wrong. I found myself very frustrated at that point but also very invested in the outcome.
Alistair has a great story with multiple narratives, he seems to have both squeezed exposition which seems difficult for him and three books worth of story into a frustrating and in some ways ridiculous personality conflict. It was almost like he had completely stereotypical characters but every three chapters he would roll dice to see if all but the most frustrating characters would stay in the story. It was worth the price and the narration/acting sets a new high standard.
There's way too much tedious technical and operational minutiae early on. I ordinarily like this kind of nerdy si-fi infrastructure and gadgetry, but not this time. When the writer is so very specific and detailed about his own invented technology it raises issues of -- Is it consistent? Does it seem real? It begs to be analyzed and judged past the degree of becoming an annoying distraction from the story.
There's also the issue of the two main protagonists: two female characters who are in an unending spiteful, hateful spat that is just too silly for soap opera. It goes on for -- as we learn -- (spoiler), yes, millions of years! That's another thing, the millions of years that elapse back on earth (as the ship enjoys the time dilation of special relativity) is an unnecessary plot device. Millions of years hence? When all humans not on the ship have ceased to exist? Who cares about this motley crew and what becomes of them -- I dint.
The plot becomes correspondingly more and more convoluted as new races of aliens appear, with their randomly goofy values and behavior. After 19 hours (audible time) it ends with an epilog that was incomprehensible to me, even more so than the the previous last half of the story.
It was too long and the psychology of the main characters was Not Ready For the Comics. That and too much invented "science" that is just fiction.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I have come to like Alastair Reynolds more with each book I finish, and Reynolds' in-depth stories and characters are complimented very nicely by John Lee!
"Pushing Ice" is kind of a "Stand Alone" book, which is a little surprising since I've gotten used to Reynolds' books being part of a LONG series. It's not his best book in my opinion, but every one of his books so far have been good enough that me saying, "It wasn't his best book" is like saying, "That wasn't Babe Ruth's best home run"... if it's over the fence, everything else is just details ;)
I didn't think Mr. Reynolds would be able to tie in the beginning of the book, and then pull off how the characters were "saved" toward the end of the book once I figured out what was about to happen, but like the true master story-teller he is, he did it!
As usual, Reynolds made me care about his characters and become emotionally invested in them. Mr. Reynolds has the gift of allowing you to know the characters so well that you can pretty much tell how each character will react to any given situation. Several times I found myself smiling and thinking "Oh man! She is NOT going to like this!" When you find that you've reached that kind of connection with the characters in a book, you've gotten your money's worth!
I also found it very easy to reach that illusive "Story Trance" state each time I started the book again after having to take a brief pause from it (Haven't figured out how to listen and still pay total attention while in the shower yet ;)
While I'm at it, I'd like to mention that I am amazed how similar I find Alastair Reynold's books, and Peter F. Hamilton's books! Maybe it's because John Lee typically does the narration for both authors, but I actually looked online to see if maybe they were the same author using two different names to write similar, yet distinctly different, stories. I was kind of relieved to find they were very different authors, since that means we have twice the amount of great books to listen to!