Like all of Reynolds' works, this book is epic, thought provoking, and deeply plausible.
One of the most imaginative first contact stories I've ever read.
To be honest, I've recently been choosing books because John Lee narrated them - to my ear he's probably the best narrator working right now, and I tend to enjoy a lot of what he chooses to work on.
Poignant humanity and quiet heroics of the crew laced all thru the book.
Although Reynolds closed the storyline perfectly, there's still a lot to explore in the universe he built. Really hoping for a sequel or three! :D
No, an audiobook and a hardcopy are two different things with different usage
"Pushing ice" is my first book from A. Reynolds. I was impressed by the story, author's accuracy to technical details on such a level at the same time I did not lose the sense during the progress. Everything a small scientist inside me needs to feel alive!!!
John is a very good narrator, I appreciate his efforts to do his work on a high professional level
The story certainly has a wow-effect, maybe because it's been so long time from the time I've read a book like this before discovering "Pushing Ice".
Great story and a high-quality book! Highly recommended!!!
Pushing Ice is a wonderful book in many aspects. For someone who likes the science part in science fiction, I was fully taken by the technology and science behind the story. I found the travel at relativistic speeds, time dilation and gravitational forces especially appealing, well explained and integrated into the story. On the other hand, I was seriously disappointed by the characters. Nearly all were highly unlikeable. Not so much because of their character traits, but because they were all extremist in their own ways. So extremist that they were ready to kill for reasons that looked, or at least were described as, minor. I did not find any motives behind the character actions; they seemed as set pieces in a machinery. This made the book much less believable to me.
From the audio perspective, I found the presentation relatively good. The reader was consistent in accents, even though sometimes he interchanged voices, especially for male characters. The only gripe I'd have here is a minor one: people's voices sound overly dramatic, as if starring in a soap opera.
All in all, though, a well worth standalone work for fans of harder science fiction.
This story was much too long. It seemed to go on forever with a lot of plot points that seemed unnecessary or just poorly executed. The whole ordeal with everyone taking sides was written to be this event that changed everything and created a lot of strife but I didn't feel any of that.
I probably won't listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again. I'll spend some time exploring other authors in this genre.
The narrator was good. I have no complaints about him. He did a good job making all the characters sound distinct so I never got confused.
fiction that's true to physics
Avoids all the cliches, an original
I'm going to looks into all his other titles
The overall story is interesting, with intriguing alien concepts. But I found the story progressed far too slowly for me; I remember my disappointment when I finally got to the end, only to discover "You have only come to the end of a part, but not the end of the entire book" What? Oh no...
Towards the end, I was definitely tiring of the frustrating tendency for the characters to decide on a course of action and then spend time debating the merits of that course. But wait, they already committed to this action, so why discuss it? I also read "Ship of Magic" recently which is even more detailed but doesn't feel slow because it is constantly progressing the plot.
The Dr. Zachary Smith type of character is often a required foil for the smart people to play against, but I've never been a fan of annoying people who can misunderstand any given situation.
Many of the side-plot narrations seemed to have little purpose in the overall story arc, other than to show other things that were going on.
The narration was generally fine but I found the frequent and rushed "I'm sorry" grew tedious.
Overall, I guess I'm glad that I read it.
Once you get past a bit of setup, the story captivates and delivers. I have learned to be a bit patient with science fiction novels since they often need to spend time painting a picture of a world and situation so unfamiliar to our current reality. This one really got going and held my attention. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
Don't even think about it. This has to be the single worst audiobook narrator I've ever experienced by FAR (after 40 or so audiobooks listened to over the past 10 years).
The story is, in a word, awful. The ending is absolutely stupid. The characters are terrible. The plot is maddeningly dumb. And the narration will have you stabbing your ears repeatedly with butter knives to stop the torture.
This story really did start off with a great plot. Then it just took a left turn,and then a right turn,then it just ran into a wall at 100 mph. Hey a moon is a ship! We crashed on it ! Now we have been living on it for like 30000 years and didnt know it! Aliens! Prison! Black cubes! Dog aliens that piss all over stuff! Lame!!!
This was just a horrible book. Skip it and save the credit that ill never get back.
Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.
The introduction to this book seemed interesting, but then the chapters themselves seemed quite tedious. As it reached its conclusion, however, it proved to be quite good and very surprising. I highly recommend this as a sci-fi read.