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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Loved the story telling, but not the characters"

    This was the second Reynolds book I have read, the other was the Prefect. Reynolds is wonderful at unfolding a detailed and inventive story that is both interesting and illuminating. He also takes time to build a foundation for understanding his key characters, which is important. Unfortunately in both this book and the Prefect, his lead human characters make decisions that don't seem "human" or minimally contradict expectations set by his character development. In this, there are two strong woman lead characters, supposedly friends, supposedly on space "ships" with cultures in the sailing tradition. Yet one of the lead characters, "the Engineer" leads a mutiny against the other, "the Captain" and then locks her away for more than a dozen years for reasons that don't make sense. It is understandable that the Captain upset her mutinous Engineer when not believing her unsupported technical conclusions, Reynolds defined the Engineer character as a professional to whom the technical details matter most. But it was only after the Captain started making decisions based upon good Engineering calculations, that her Engineer friend decided it was time to rebel, along with the other engineers, who suddenly could no longer do technical calculations and thus opposed the captain.

    When I read the Prefect, I decided that the overall story was good enough to ignore the character flaws and read another Reynolds work. But when similar (worse) flaws came up again in this book, I think I might avoid future Reynolds books. I think it takes something Major away from the overall story when the characters don't add up.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Exceptional Story Telling and Characters"
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among the best of the Fantasy genre. The careful detail and depth of the characters, scenes, politics and symbols are outstanding. Although the Northern European Dragon and Knight fantasy genre has been done before, Martin makes it his own in a way I've seen none do.

    What other book might you compare A Feast for Crows to and why?

    The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A story of knights, dragons and zombies.

    Any additional comments?

    Although many seem to complain about the narration, ... it's a book and the "readers" should remember this. If you want to watch TV or a movie, do so, but books require some assembly from the mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphaned Worlds: Humanity's Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Cobley
    • Narrated By David Thorpe

    Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict. There is more at stake than a turf war on a newly-discovered world. An ancient Uvovo temple hides access to a hyperspace prison, housing the greatest threat sentient life has ever known.

    Warren says: "Very good performance of an OK Book"
    "Very good performance of an OK Book"

    The performance of this book is very good. There are several characters and the story continuously jumps between them. The reader's voices make it easy to follow each scene change. The book itself is mediocre story telling and the kind of science fiction which is very easy to digest because it doesn't go well beyond current capability. The author appears to have read (from the terminology borrowed), very good Sci Fi writers such as Dan Simmons. If you are into deep sci-fi, I would skip it, but if you are up for something at the quality level of a good TV miniseries, this can be an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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