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
I hope not.
He has limited change between characters.
Bored to tears.
I kept waiting for something to happen, and waiting, and waiting.
I've been a fan of Reynolds, but 16 hours into this book I finally gave up on it. Most of the book is taken up with an irrational and unbelievable cat fight that last for decades. Reynolds seems to be more interested in coming up with a novel (pardon the pun) concept than an interesting or entertaining plot.
All of it
Discovering the mysteries of the "ship" and how the society evolves on it.
None in particular. Mostly why I liked it so much.
A great book to get really absorbed in with it's revelations and future tech.
The stoy line is a little had to folow, but it kept me interested.
Yes. I have listened to a few of his books.
A story flung in to the FAR future