I would probably only recommend this to existing Alistair Reynolds fans, as it is not his best story (in my opinion), and although it introduces some existing ideas it concentrates too much on a rather unbelieveable rivalry between 2 women. The tension between the 2 women is labourer for most of the book and only drives an interesting development in the last 3rd of the novel.
John Lee is always good, and he can make even stilted conversation between blandly drawn characters seem worth a listen
No, but I was glad I persevered. The last 3rd is interesting and much more the Alistair reynolds style that I enjoy.
I enjoyed listening to this book. Good story with the ability to make you think of the human race as a tiny little speck hurtling into an unknown future. I would recommend it for lovers of sci-fi!
Wow! That was one Looooong story!seriously, I didn't think it would ever end. I think it is a must for "Science" Science Fiction lovers. Reynolds sure seems to know his physics & what he doesn't know he invents in a rather plausible manner. But the story is way too long & too much. the beginning is somewhat engaging & i wanted to continue but several hours into the listening i really didn't care who lived or died...i kept thinking he was coming to a climax & it would fizzle & go on.The narration was well done, if a bit "British"...characters seemed to have their own "voices" but I wished i had it in text so i could have skipped along faster.I would reccomend this story for some very long rides.
Survival Success Mystery
The ending and how futile it felt but with the sense of a grand accomplishment and achievement that you never really got to see.
A wonderful depth of character and personality. The lead characters are female and i was really impressed that John was able to make them sound feminine and not like high pitched pressies. He did a wonderful job of relaying the mood of the story through his tone and giving a level of reverence to the story that just made it a really amazing listen.
This is a story that covers a very rarely talked about idea that readers i have read try and stay away from. It really hit home for me because i was so entrenched in the story by the end that i was crying while listening. The hopelessness and futility was incredible, but that knowing of the accomplishment and what was started was a wonderful counterpoint.
If you think that this is a book about the fascinating exploration of an alien artifact, you would be mistaken. If you think that this is a book about the crew who investigates an alien artifact and the alien artifact is just a background to their story then, unfortunately, you would be correct. It was mostly boring and really only got better towards the end.
I found myself really getting lost in it just the right balance of escape and containment
When they were under the iron sky
It was a little scarey going out into the totally unknown and still surviving
I might listen to it again
(Spoilers) The captain of the ship is a 55 year old woman who has to defend her captaincy from a sycophant, but folds like a wet paper towel from the same sycophant when he tells her to ignore her top engineer. Said engineer has an incredibly serious issue that may lead to the death of all 150 people on the ship. Yet the captain fails to act on the issue, aside from calling home to ask her CEO. Instead of acting with urgency equal to the possible danger, she does nothing. Furthermore, she lets the sycophant run the show, ignoring her own intuition and the command structure. Then later in the story, the captain ignores her lead engineer again regarding the maximum capabilities of the ship. It is like the command structure is incompetent. That incompetence may be believable, but is disagreeable to listen to. As a result, it feels like the author could not come up with a more engaging plot to fill the time.
The sci-fi is interesting enough. It is almost hard sci-fi, rather technically minded. I really like hearing the engineers try to solve problems, that aspect is extremely realistic.
The narrator's speech pattern reminds me of William Shatner. Every sentence has pauses...between...various words, and has the emphasis on odd words in the *sentence*. I found it extremely distracting and it continually pulled me out of the story. Further, the speech pattern prevents the narrator from providing extra emphasis except through increased volume. The narrator did provide different voices for the different characters, but his (British?) accent is thick enough that I had a hard time separating the characters purely by voice.
No, the primary tension is drama.
As usual with this author, you can never be sure whether the main characters are going to survive the book. He also pays attention to factions form and interact with each other. Plus, there's so much that never gets explained to the reader/listener, since the characters never figure it out.
It brings to mind what I think of as the "arbitrary quest" books of Simak (such as Destiny Doll), but is far superior to them. I can't think of anything that's similar in both quality and ideas.
No. I was interested, but not emotionally invested in it.
A supremely well-crafted story which is slow to build but pulls you in quickly. I found the performance to be superb; each character is voiced well and sounds distinct. The story often meanders when you want the pace to be quicker, which is a good sign that you're invested in the title. If you are a fan of Robert Forward or other intelligent sci-fi, this is a must buy. It is a bit abstract and intellectual for a fan of less intricate storytelling, but immensely satisfying and stimulating.
Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .
The best, so far, of all the Alastair Reynolds books I’ve experienced. Specific to the writing, this is truly epic Sci-Fi: best in breed. Couple Reynolds’ writing with John Lee’s outstanding narration and this book really delivers.
Pushing Ice takes place outside Reynolds’ Revelation-Space universe, in which so many of his stories are based. There are no tie-ins to the Rev-Space series. That fact caused me to delay this book until I’d finished all his Rev-Space books – thinking this book wouldn’t be as good as those. My mistake.
If you enjoy depth to a story, this book will not disappoint. Reynolds delivers both intrigue of plot and inter-character drama as he explores the tapestry of this multi-millennia-spanning voyage of hardship and discovery.
My only complaint is this: it ended too soon . . .