If you're an Enderverse fan, this is a great collection of short background stories that fill in some gaps that had been left open in earlier books. Each story covers a couple big gaps in the series without getting bogged down by the development of too many characters.
My only complaint with the whole series is the use of music in the recordings. Orson Scott Card, if you are reading this review, PLEASE for the love of humanity don't let your producers put music in the recordings!!! It's terribly distracting and it almost completely drowns out the words. I could hardly hear the last conversation between Anderson and Graph due to the piercing music. At least I think that's who the conversation was between. Since I couldn't hear them, I just had to assume they were planning out how to live their golden years after the Bugger War.
Bottom Line: the music can ruin and otherwise great addition to the Enderverse.
Yes I would.
I think a couple more pages for each story.
Yes, I like multiple performers.
Continuity in details.
Absolutely! The characters are well read and the quality of voice performances are outstanding.
War of Gifts is similar but not as well written.
Yes, they are common narrators for Ender books and they are excellent as usual.
Where Ender's story really begins.
Excellent book, and wonderful voice performances.
Long haul Expeditor that loves listening to books and make the miles fly by.
Although I've like several of the other Ender books this one just sucked.
Left out the music it was out of place & at times do loud you couldn't hear the narrator. The book also didn't flow well at all. Although I did like the story of how Ender's parents met the rest was just rehashes of past stories. Overall it was a waste of a credit.
Preformers were all good but the music added to the stories SUCKED & were rather annoying.
This is a collection of short stories that explain some of the backstory from the Enderverse and is very well written. Some of the material is either very close or duplicate material from earlier Ender books but this doesn't detract from the overall piece.
Card does a good job at providing yet a little more insight into the characters we have come to love, cherish, admire, and sometimes despise.
I have been very thankful the cast has remained unchanged throughout the production of the Ender series found on Audible. It has provided a great listening experience.
I enjoyed the way these stories provide background for some of the characters in Enderverse. Readers should be aware that the original version of Ender's Game provided in this book is a shortened one that picks up on the middle of the full version (that I assume was written later).
I love the enderverse and this book is a great addition. However, the horrible and excessively loud transition music ruined the experience! There are parts of the narrations I couldn't even understand. So if the publishers want me to change my review from one star to it's much deserved five. FIX IT!
The Polish Boy story of how John Paul grows up and what's in store for him as well as how Ender meets Jane are good additions if you're a fan of the series. I didn't even notice the music that other commenters noted, so it has either been removed or isn't that bad. The narration is a bit duller than typical for these narrators. These parts are what the rating is for.
The abriged version of Enders Game at the end is strikingly bad. None of the feel of Ender comes across in neither the writing nor narration. Ender suddenly is an arrogant brat, the narration doesn't spark the imagination, facts in the story have been twisted. I'd give this part a zero rating as a stand alone book.