These are great stories that make fine additions to the Enderverse. However at the beginning and end of each story there is this overpowering loud vaguely oriental music that drowns out the narrator. Another drawback, the chapter breaks don't match up with the book WTF they don't even match up with the beginning and end of each story
I enjoyed the short stories very much and the narrators did a great job. However, the schizophrenic music that played at integral parts was so loud and distracting, it made it impossible to focus on the spoken words.
Reference: ch. 2 @ 1:15:30, ch. 3 @ 2:28:30, ch. 4 @ 3:42:17, ch. 5 @ 5:13:24
All except the music. The characters were well portrayed by the actors, but the music was distracting and poorly done. Sometimes it was so loud that you couldn't hear the voices clearly.
Ender's Game because it gives back story
Get rid of the music and make the transition between the three sections a bit more clear. Perhaps in the introduction a statement that this is three different mini-books.
I've feasted on the full story set of Andrew, and Valentine's history filling lives with shadows of undisclosed dramas brought to light here. Knowing Ender's parents gives him a depth as a real being, a person comming out of human people.
This review of "Ender's Game" helped, with reminding me how legends grow, & change focus a culture grows forgetful of how it was back before later, Thank you SCOTT, thank you.!
I loved the stories. the talents were fabulous. the production needs work, as the music overwhelms the voices. but otherwise, Great!
Never liked reading, but pretty good at listening!
After listening to all the other major "Enderverse" titles, this was my final (until the next comes out). Knowing the rest of the story made this short couple of stories a real treat. With the entire storyline to draw on, Card was able to makes some fun foreshadowing scenes for us to round out some of the side characters. This gives the "Enderverse" a bit more depth and clarity. Just enough that is reminded me how I had missed these characters. A quick jaunt down memory lane without launching into another saga makes these feel appropriately short, but still leaves me wanting more. The original Ender short is included as well to experience what started all of this.
These audiobooks define for me why this medium is so good. The details and words of the actual printed boom, with the pronunciation and accuracy from proven professionals.
This book, even a short, is just so good at the highlights.