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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400179602
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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. As layers of camouflage fall away, it becomes clear that Janus was never a moon in the first place. It's some kind of machine-and it is now headed toward a fuzzily glimpsed artifact 260 light-years away. The Rockhopper is the only ship anywhere near Janus, and Bella Lind is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach. In accepting this mission, she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny-for Janus has more surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome. Download and start listening now!

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  • [Reynolds is] a genius for big-concept SF and fans of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama and Larry Niven's Ringworld will love this novel. Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dev Null | 2/16/2014

    " Gritty realistic-style near-future sf stretches out to become far-reaching high-concept space opera. I liked it. The core of the story is the back-and-forth friendship / competition between two women, but its set in a wonderfully detailed world that feels real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Borne | 1/20/2014

    " Nice solid hard sci-fi with interesting character development. Some of the interpersonal stuff seems overly-contrived, but is easily read around. Medium paced as is pretty typical for Mr. Reynolds. He's left himself the possibility of sequels without the absolute necessity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inlinefourpower | 1/20/2014

    " When I read Pushing Ice I really liked it! It was a triumphant return to reading for me. I bought a copy on a whim and thought it was fine. I really liked the hard scifi nature of the whole thing and utterly bizarre aliens. In hindsight, maybe not the most entertaining read. Alastair Reynolds is a fine author, but my novice impression is that his pacing is off in the two books I've read (Century Rain and this one). They both spend the first 3/4 of the book meandering around the main point, then the last quarter feels almost rushed. For a hard scifi fan, unmissable, maybe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 1/19/2014

    " Good book. Not what I expected. Some parts dragged.3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tehani | 1/15/2014

    " Highly engaging, and science made sexy! I mean that in the most appropriate of ways - Reynolds takes real (and imagined) science and makes it integral to the story, as much a character as any of the people (or aliens). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/14/2014

    " Liked it. Hope he continues this storyline in future book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arleen | 12/18/2013

    " Satisfying sf "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 12/4/2013

    " Liked this book a lot, really felt part of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wonderbunny | 12/3/2013

    " I think the last half or less of this story wasn't as interesting as the first part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nathaniel | 11/26/2013

    " So many ideas in this one. Very ambitious. Because there are so many ideas, they don't all execute to full effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/6/2013

    " A super interesting book. I still don't know how the author came up with everything! The space time travel got tricky to comprehend at times. Really makes you wonder what is out there in the universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/6/2013

    " starts out and is very interesting but as book progresses, plot gets a bit strange and characters are not as well developed. End of book was a let down - seemed author wanted to wrap everything up nice and neat and it did not work for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Bierman | 2/26/2012

    " Great roving epic of time and space - wish it continued as a series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Parks | 2/1/2012

    " Not too bad. Goes through lots of phases. Starts off as near space, just barely above modern tech space exploration. Then moves into colony building. Finally into contact with bizarre alien species and super-advanced tech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terence | 12/7/2011

    " A good modern space opera. A little tedious at first -- quite talky, with crew relationships outweighing action or gadgetry -- but once the adventure got going, the large-scale, far-future story was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 8/3/2011

    " A bit slow going in the first and middle parts but at the end it turns out pretty cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 6/2/2011

    " I'd say 4.5 stars. In the reviews in the beginning of the book someone said that reading this was akin to sitting down to one of your favorite comfort foods. I feel like that is a perfect way to describe Reynolds' works. They're just plain fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steffen | 5/21/2011

    " great science fiction read with a number of surprises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/12/2011

    " Great start then...loses steam very quickly.
    No great shocking ending. Too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smitty | 4/27/2011

    " I really liked this one. One of those big idea books which I tend to like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 4/23/2011

    " I liked his House of Suns a LOT more, and Revelation Space somewhat more, but this is undeniably interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/15/2011

    " Apparently, I still have a thing for "humans discovering huge alien artifact" kinds of hard sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allendachang | 12/25/2010

    " Fantastic hard sci-fi. Manages to be epic and intensely personal simultaneously. Lots of interesting but accessible ideas, not only relating to science but also the very nature of humanity. Loved the way the story was bookended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ohwellwhatthehell | 12/23/2010

    " Some interesting ideas, the writing was passable, but the characters were really annoying. "

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About the Author
Author Alastair ReynoldsAlastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. he stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap, Diamond Dogs, and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.
About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.