This is a fantastic piece of literature. While I didn't find it as enlightening as Ender's Game, Card has a way of crafting an incredible story-within-a-story in the world of Ender's Game from Bean's perspective. The whole series is fantastic, and is worth picking up, but this one in particular was my favorite. I love how Bean is able to verbally bully teachers into giving him what he wants, and how his brilliant mind solves problems before he even knows they are there. Great read!
I have not read the print version but would find it hard to believe there would be anything to gain from it. The narration is superb.
Bean is easily my favorite character. He is brilliant beyond what his contemporaries or even the adults over him can even begin to understand and while offering no false modesty he is not vain. Just when you start to think that this makes him cold and mechanical he shows just enough emotion to give you a small glimpse into his soul.
The narrators did an outstanding job of portraying the emotion or lack of emotion present in a scene. The multiple narrators gave a good feel to the books allowing you to quickly distinquish between age and gender. At no point did you not understand who was speaking or what they were feeling.
Yes. It was extremely difficult to pause the book or even to divide my attention between it and daily activities.
Orson Scott Card continues his examination of personal exceptionalism, leadership, loyalty and self-sacrifice through a compelling story that shadows "Ender's Game" with such depth and mastery that you will not want to put it down and will run to get the next installment.
The unfolding of Bean's character within the framework established by "Ender's Game" fits remarkable well and adds an interesting dimensionality to it.
The reader's are uniformly excellent and embody their parts wonderfully with perfect pacing.
All a listener can ask for is more.
Not better, but its a great presentation of a book.
Even though this is Bean's book, I still can help but feel that Ender is still my favorite character.
The variety of the voices and the use of them with the different characters was good.
It's a great book. I definitely find myself laughing at times...looking at the world from the perspective of a super-genious, it definitely makes you crack up at times.
Like Ender's Game I also read this book before I listened to it, granted it was many years ago, but I still have the book on a shelf in my home. I feel that yes the ability to listen to this book rather then being tied to the book itself enhanced the feel of the book.
Well Bean. Scott Card did an amazing example of bring Bean to live in this novel. The story of his life, and the reasons as to why Bean works the way he does is clearly put out for all to know and understand.
The Narrators like those in many of the Ender Series have the ability to bring the listener into the story through their tone of voice. The ability to be a single person but have a distinct tone for each character is amazing.
I am worth no more than one Bean.
I would like to thank Scott Card the narrators and the editors for taking time time to commit this book to an audio file for all to hear and love.
This book is a fantastic parallel to Ender's Game. We see two very different characters develop as they face the challenges of their survival and the survival of the human race.
The narrators of this story are very well balanced and draw you right in.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I really enjoyed this story as a supplement to Ender's Game. Here we explore roughly the same timeline, but through the eyes of Bean. This book added to my overall positive feeling of Ender's Game, and it was satisfying enough that I don't feel compelled to continue in this series, but I feel invited to do so. I like that balance.
Performance was great, this team really makes the story come to life!
If you already read (and liked) Ender's game, you will love this book. Probably more than Ender's game itself. It adds so much to the story.
I urge you to read this after Ender's Game, and not before!
I listened to Ender's Game first and then this book. It was great listening to them back to back so you can see (hear) the story from both sides.
I really enjoyed the story being told from the perspective of Bean in a first person narrative. It lets you know the thoughts behind the characters, not just their actions.