I must admit that I am tempted to order any audiobook in which John Lee is the narrator. I find his dramatic readings to be among the best of the audiobook performances. And, I was searching for a science fiction novel that was not a multi-book series. Pushing Ice met my criteria and I was intrigued by the vision of the ways in which intelligent life would search out other intelligent life (and the problems of having intelligent life occupy the same time frames as each other). The major conflict in the story was a bit over-played or drawn out for my tastes, but it served as a vehicle for exploring the challenges of human life dealing with radically different environments. I appreciated the seeming scientific accuracy and working within the possibilities of time and space and potential new technology. I became quite involved in the book and appreciated the effort to keep the book in one book (rather than continuing on into a series).
Helpless in CyberSpace
I really ejoyrd this book. The narrator did good job with the character voices. The charactor development was excellant. The only thing I found I didn't like was the increase of bad language as the book went along. I realize that this is a personal choice, I would have liked to know before I bought it.
His accent did not fit the characters and narration was dry.
No, too complex
This story is bland. It was not well written. There are so many ways that Reynolds could have gone but in the end it didn't go anywhere.
I have not listen to any other books so far. I hope the others are better than this.
Not at all
Save your money and time, many other better stories you could listen too.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I must say I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I think as far a performance goes, although he did the accents well, I think a woman would have done a better job, as two of main characters are female. Trust me when I tell you that the more of this book you listen to, the more you will enjoy it. The story I give 95/100, the performance about 85/100, which evens out to a 90, or 4.5 stars. It's a long book, and very enjoyable.
I really like Alastair Reynolds, but this is definitely not my favorite book of his. Mostly, the situation of the characters goes from bad to worse to worse again and to yet worse still. And the ending is, well... It's hard to say. Perhaps not completely depressing, but definitely not happy. In any case, this was a slog for me because I was depressed by listening to the book. At the same time, I didn't want to stop because there was so much to like about the setting and the mystery of the story. I think this would be good to listen to if you wanted to be in a sour mood!
Didn't read the printed version but I really liked the audio version.
I wasn't able to predict the out come the whole way. I like that
I tried to hard to listen to this thing, but finally after about 1 1/2 hours had to give up. While set in mid-21st century a little bit of the book sets the plot but the characters go on and on and on apparently trying to establish the characters. I gave up after 2 of them were in this interminable discussion of their sex lives. If I wanted a Romance I'd have bought one!
The beginning of the story is quite a bit more interesting and plausible than the ending. The author does a great job of building the characters and setting the scene for the drama in the beginning of the story. As the story progresses, however, I think the quality drops somewhat and becomes less interesting. What starts out as an above average SF story develops more and more into a "space opera" driven by illogical emotions and stupid choices.
The idea that a space vessel (albeit commercially operated) is run by consensus seems (and is certainly proven to be) a recipy for disaster. The captain of the space ship (and later leader of the human colony on Janus) is initially pictured as a very concensus oriented person who sets aside any personal ambitions to secure the lives of her crew, which makes me wonder why she is captain in the first place. Her character seems somewhat plausible in the beginning, but when she shows no ability to learn from what her lack of ability to enforce unpopular (but correct) decisions, and really carry the responsibility her position as captain entails, it becomes more annoying than enjoyable.
Towards the end the author tries to add spice to the story through the introduction of alien species and new technology, without great success. To me it seems like the story had grown long enough already, and that the author needed an ending (rather quickly, please).
By all means not a bad story and will certainly kill some time, but is certainly not among my top SF picks on Audible.
I tried this book to see if I would like Alastair Reynolds' SF and I still don't know because of the worst narration I've ever heard. Not only does John Lee have a thick accent, but he reads every sentence with the exact same cadence and modulation. You know that each line is going to end on an up note, you know that the rhytm will repeat itself no matter the the content of the text. He does a terrible job at voices, and there are no breaks between scenes. One moment you're in the captain's cabin dealing with a mutiny and,as though it's part of the same scene, you're 2 weeks later in another location. No breath, no pause. Most of the time I didn't know which character was speaking, since there was little pause there either and so little change in voice. (Svetlana's Russian accent done with Lee's Scots accent was the exception. I think it was Scot, At first I thought it was Eastern European. I don't mind an accent if it doesn't get in the way of the narration, but this was boglike.) I missed long segments because I fazed out due to the tedious narration and by the time I got to Part 3 had no idea how the characters had gotten to that point. John Lee may very well be an excellent actor but he cannot read a book aloud outside his immediate family.