Nothing quite like tucking into some Reynolds when narrated by John Lee. They are both excellent! I was easily drawn into this really great story. Many thanks to those who made this treat possible.
have heard just about every alastair reynolds book. thought i might be getting bored with them, but no, pushing ice was great. lots of cool new ideas for me to savor even tho i thought i'd heard them all. no annoying characters or recording gaffs. exceeded expectations. thank you.
The artist voices have no separation. Cannot tell when switching between narration and dialog, it all sounds the same. I will not buy another book read by this “talent”
Yes, listen to a different book.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
3.5 stars. It took a whole to get into, but it did kick in. The story has a lot of interesting ideas and some play out. It just feels like it asks more questions than it answers. Maybe it was because it was my first hard sci-fi book, how come the fountain heads didn't know about the cube when they had knowledge post-cutoff.
Second it felt like some of the characters weren't fully developed. Several a felt one dimensional and one felt the only purpose was to counter Bella at every corner. Jim Chisim seemed the most fully fleshed out. The narrator took a little getting used to, but he does a fine job of bringing life to the cast of characters.
I'm only about an hour into this story. So far, though I'm enjoying the plot, I am having trouble focusing on it due to the narration by John Lee. I would recommend it, but with a caveat about the narrator.
I am not far enough into the book to have a favorite character.
This is truly what I wanted to review. I have found John Lee's performance to be stilted and stiff. At this point, I'm having trouble differentiation between the characters and trouble focusing on the story due to the stiffness of his delivery. Inevitably, after a few minutes I find myself drifting away from the story because the sound of his voice and lack of relevant pauses and voices is tending to turn it into white noise. I am hoping I'll get used to his inappropriate pauses and droning delivery so I can concentrate on the story line. I have to admit, as well, his British accent makes it a little hard on my American ear to pick the words out. He doesn't have just a light British accents. He's British. REALLY British. I'll be coming back to review again when I get through the rest of the book. Mostly, I wanted to give people a head's up about the narrator, because the sample didn't quite let me know what I was getting into.
Not sure at this point.
I had no idea what to expect going into this book, i've never read anything by Reynolds before and i didn't know the premise of the book. This was my first scifi book in a while, i just finished the Wheel of Time series for the second time, and it definitely reminded my why Sci-Fi is my preferred genre. The pacing of this story is what i would consider perfection. I was never bored and never rushed, but always engrossed. The ending is something similar to what i've read before but that in no way detracted from the quality of the story.
I don't recall the exact name of the book with the similar ending but i'm pretty sure it was an Asimov book. I consider Asimov to be THE science fiction writer so to be compared to him should give you and idea of the quality of writing and plot in this story.
I just reviewed Pandora's Star by Peter F Hamilton, narrated by John Lee and the difference between the two performances is considerable. His performance for this book was excellent and i would not have expected it to be so bad for Pandora's Star based on this book. However in that book he mumbled a lot (or it was a bad, bad recording) and it ruined the story for me. This book was great and i would recommend it to others.
The humanity conveyed by non-humans.
Interesting enough that I don't begrudge the time, but annoying enough that I'm not completely absorbed and often find my mind wandering to mundane things like work.
The least - The interactions of the people are very petty and one dimensional with poorly written dialogue. They just never grow on you - not even like fungus.
The most - The story of the Janus artifact. It's pretty slow and drawn out, but interesting with lots of breadcrumbs along the way. On the other hand the book is basically just a re-imaging of the Arthur C Clarke 'Rama' novels so Reynolds is treading a well worn path.
Not if I can avoid it. He often sounds very stilted and delivers dramatic pauses and grave voices at times that feel completely out of place. Also his characterisations are generally more like caricatures and often distract from, rather than enhance, the story.
I generally hear good things about Reynolds but I'm not getting it from this book (my first Reynolds book). I'll probably give him the benefit of the doubt and try another... probably.
Long winded with very little resolution. No strong protagonists or antagonists. The phrase "we push ice, that's what we do" is supposed to resonate strongly with the reader. Heavy emphasis on tablet-like computers called "flexies" - people are always flicking out their flexies or charging their flexies or taking photos with their flexies. Unlikable, interchangeable characters.