Pushing Ice was a long and, in the end, disappointing slog. Reynolds must have had something like Clarke's Rama series in mind when he wrote this book, but in the end his book felt more like a soap opera in space than a story that left you wanting more at the end, and experiencing the sense of wonder that characterizes speculative fiction that has its feet based firmly in hard science.
Reynolds does a good job with his science, and in this book he gives a good deal of ink to the problems and timescales of interstellar travel where C remains an absolute limit.
His characters are well developed, his prose is at times exquisite, but the story left me cold and unsatisfied. Instead of wanting more at the end, I felt more like saying "Glad that's over," and "What was the point of all that?"
I would not recommend this book to friends as it does too little in too many words to be worthwhile.
John Lee has a magnificent voice, but I"m not sure it's well suited to audiobook narration. His voice characterizations are limited to accents (which he does rather well) but he seems more like an announcer than a storyteller. His voicing, enunciation and elocution are all above reproach, but comes off stilted and stiff.
I finished listening to the book because it was interesting enough to want to finish, but when it was done I knew that those hours could have been better spent elsewhere. This will not be a book I'll listen to again.
Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.
I love to listen to Reynold's books. This one was the best yet. I was amazed at how he manages to weave together so many different themes in one breath-taking adventure. Friendship, time, civilization, enmity... I'm truly astonished, not least because it adds up to a real 'page turner' (or the audiobook equivalent). As usual, John Lee's reading succeeds in keeping my focus on the narrative and keeps itself backgrounded. Cannot praise enough!
Can't stop listening. Hard to get any work done or go to bed. Story gripes you from the beginning and never lets up.
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.
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.
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 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.
My first Alastair Reynolds but definitely not my last. John Lee's narration has never disappointed me.
I can't believe this book hasn't been made into a movie. It is a wonderful story, well told, and beautifully read. It is really science fiction--having a story written by an astrophysicist, makes for great science along with the fiction. The characters were believable and story huge in scope and time. It was fantastic listening all the way.