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  • Pushing Ice

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, annoying main characters..

  • By Martin on 26-04-12

Not as believable as previous Reynolds

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I like john Lee as a narrator having come to him through Peter F Hamilton. He lends a seriousness to hard scifi. However I felt that the main characters in this book lacked believability. In the face of such odds such petty behaviour lacked credibility for what you might expect are the cream of humanity. Increasing numbers of obvious narrative devices as the story progressed also reduced believability. However an enjoyable exploration of relativity and interspecies contact.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful take on evolution and hope

  • By Vickster on 14-06-17

Interesting concepts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Some good imagination in the concepts and ideas presented here and the author has taken some care in the writing to make sure that the language reflects and supports them. At one point you are loosing belief in the direction the plot is taking but it is actually a well constructed mental trap that perhaps might make you reflect on the nature of humanity.

A good reading performance - injected some life into the characters, if not particularly varied voicing.

Interesting, thought provoking and science-believable SF. Recommended.

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 971

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Interesting concept - a bit "cloud atlas"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Second book written and narrated and written by this author that I have listened to. He reads well - although sometimes more voice inflection would be nice to differentiate the characters. The story and concept is as interesting as the Stone Man and pretty off the wall. It doesn't make any judgments as to the characters' actions and there are no religious overtones to speak of. If you like narratives that jump back and forth between present and past to support character development - a tool often used but still effective - then this is a book for you. Comparable level of invention and interest to the Stone Man.

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  • Songs of the Dying Earth

  • Stories in Honor of Jack Vance
  • By: Glen Cook, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, and others
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

The anthology Songs of the Dying Earth has assembled one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever - including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers - to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth's lifespan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Songs of the Dying Earth

  • By William on 01-08-11

For all lovers of Jack Vance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-17

I learned to love Vance's quirky writing through Durdane, The Demon Princes (which I must have read some fifteen times) and Planet of Adventure. I came late to The Dying Earth through an original Lancer owned by my Dad. This collection is a wonderful and fitting tribute to an imaginative and mould breaking author. If you like his work - get this. Some fine authors working hard to extend and broaden a fantastic world. Each story has an afterword where the authors talk about how Vance influenced then. Very interesting.

Well narrated.

  • Tau Zero

  • By: Poul Anderson
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

This science fiction novel describes the epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine. From practically the very first minute, Tau Zero sets scientific realities in dramatic tension with the very real emotional and psychological states of the travelers, exploring the effect of time contraction due to traveling at near-light speed on the human psyche. This tension is a dynamic that Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel, as 50 crewmembers settle in for the long journey together.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing on all levels

  • By Dr Stephen P Lowis on 03-01-17

Great hard SF - narrator style very odd

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This is a great story from a master with study of the human condition combined with some hard science (of 40 years ago I admit but relativity has not changed that much).

The narrator however alternated from good, when relating actual conversation, to annoying when narrating storyline. His word inflexion focused on a breathy uplift at the end of each sentence which seemed to be trying to achieve "awesome SF suspense" at all times. It trivialised the true suspense moments and made it hard to appreciate some of the human experience parts of the book. It almost made me stop listening but as the Tau wound down I got engrossed enough in the story to manage to ignore it.

At least there were very few edit errors in this which we find in many of the audible books with lower production values.

So - enjoyed the story, narration could have been better.

  • Flinx's Folly

  • A Pip and Flinx Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx's Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind and body. It is a quest that forces him to confront a horror almost beyond human comprehension.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sneezes?

  • By Peter C on 19-10-16

Sneezes?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-16

I like the Flinx series. It's fun and does not take itself too seriously. Intelligent literature it is not. I did find the rather naive characterisation of Clarity's boyfriend a little grating in this one, as well as some of the overly obvious narrative tools employed but in general a good listen.

I was disappointed that the frequent sneezes/coughs/snorts, or whatever they were, had not been edited out - hence the lower score for the performance. The narrator himself is good if a little lacking in pace.

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nice story shame about the narrater

  • By Stephen on 07-03-15

Scottish?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes mindless sci-fi pulp.

Would you recommend The Lost Starship to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really. Apart from the performance (below) the story was at times depressingly cliched leaving you shouting at the speaker "stop being so stupid!".. And it appears that he has "borrowed" concepts from Jack Vance's Demon Princes series - a far far superior set of books.

How could the performance have been better?

If you cant do an accent - don't - it doesn't matter. The vocalised Scots character was extremely annoying throughout the book. At times Russian, at times Irish, at times almost Indian - but never Glaswegian... And the stereotypical female voices...