Perhaps not, the tech they use in the later part of the book is intriguing, but the character drama stagnates the whole story. Honestly, how long can two women hold a grudge over one choice?
Only problem i have with this narrator is that he never pauses. I lost track of what was going on a couple times because there was no break between scenes.
Too long for that, was nice for my road trips.
Really insightful future tech, the science is all really neat, but the main two women are just maddeningly stubborn, right up to the end.
This book ranks in the top 1/3 of books I have listened to
I loved the intricate detail and believable characters
I enjoyed John Lee's narration, he gave life to the characters with out over acting them
Yes. I think the sci Fi books I read in the past were unbelievable. The author of this book , Alastair Reynolds begins to draw you in gradually and all of a sudden you are living and experiencing a future world that seems plausible .
I can't think of any
John lee is a treasure. He brings life to almost everything he reads.
The reader. I really enjoy John Lee, I selected this title specifically because he was the reader
The story was interesting, but I would have gone with a little less of the personal drama of the crew, and more details about the alien interactions
Yes, and he was as good in this one as in the other books I've listened to
It was still a good listen, even though I only gave the story 3 stars
The original concept was pretty interesting, but it never got fully developed, at least before I gave up. Things would be developing along nicely, and then all of a sudden it would be ages later and there were all sorts of stuff that just went away, with only a cursory mention.
It went on this way for so long, I finally gave up after about 2/3's of the way through.
I liked the science and I liked most of the characters. I also liked yeoman reader John Lee; his pacing and voice inflections (though a bit clipped) were easy to follow. But I wouldn't recommend "Pushing Ice." The main problem was that the author just couldn't resist tossing ideas and plot developments out like candy at a Mardi Gras parade. So often, I caught a shell of an idea or a thread of character development only to find that the story moved on without me. The secondary problem (for me at least) was that the decades-long implacable hatred of the character Svetlana for her former best friend Bella Lind seemed unrealistic. Overall, if you like big ideas and don't mind a paucity of development, you'll love this book. Me, I'm afraid I'm going to give Mr. Reynolds a pass in the future.
Upper middle of the pack.
This one stands alone.
I got frustrated at times as they skipped through so much time. I makes sense in the end, but it drives you nuts when they do it.
Wow! What an imagination! The premise is just out there but it will keep you captivated the whole time. You just want to see if these people can make it and what challenges lie ahead for them.
No. NOT EVEN IF IT WERE THE LAST BOOK ON THIS EARTH. It was terribly disjointed.
Read a different book
Narrator was fine
He should retire
The large over-arching sci-fi concepts in this book are original, thought provoking, and generally interesting to ponder. Narration was solid.
The characters populating the book are simply not human. They over-react to relatively minor sleights with murder, hold grudges indefinitely, have absolute respect for authority so long as their not one of the 3 characters vying for it, and are completely nonplussed by 13 years of solitary confinement, and other mind blowing events. I spent a good portion of the book just wishing I could choke the stupid out of them. Also, there seemed to be a strange form of reverse sexism, where the power struggles happened exclusively between women, while the men were mostly just complete tools. A few plot holes that I had trouble ignoring.
Great premise. Decently captivating story. Frustrating characters and dialog. Reynolds should team up with a writer that can create compelling people to populate his otherwise very interesting universe.
If you are into sci-fi and its role as a philosophical exploration of quantum physics and the human and possible 'will to power', this book is insightful and interesting regarding the impact of unknown alien intentions, contact and impact upon human nature and certain fundamental paradoxes regarding the paradox of ftp travel and time dilation.
The characters are richly described and the performance is superb.
I think there is a strong connection to the work of Stephen Baxter, particularly some of his concepts in his renowned Xeelee Sequence.
Well spoken, great imagery and consistent in his engagement of the listener's interest.
It's definitely a three day event if you can manage it....I didn't want to stop listening once the premise rolled out.
Get it...you'll love it