This production house is typically amazing, but there are some strange issues with this reading. I think the readers must have been mispronouncing "hegemon" because the word is dubbed over in a really jarring way throughout the production. There were places were they couldn't agree on how to pronounce Achilles. The audio quality also seemed of compared to previous entries in the series.
I enjoyed more time with these characters very much. A few times I had to roll my eyes because the author's personal political evolution is shining through in ways unseen in previous works. Bean's exploration of the morality of abortion as an example. Didn't stop me from enjoying the story. Anyone who made it this far in the series has no reason to stop here.
If Card had just told his story. This is where his politics start to read their ugly heads and interfere with the characters that he crated in his more liberal younger days.
Intelligent, Gripping, Speculative
The Whole shadow series is amazing
might have expanded the cast a bit more the number of characters exceeded the voice capabilities a it making it difficult at times to folllow who's sayng what unless intently listening.
Overall I found this book engaging and entertaining. My only criticism of this book is a production note, and this is true for most of OSC's books. Why must they put crappy synth muzak in between the chapters do us all a favor and skip the music in the future.
I've very much enjoyed the Ender series, however, this book takes a detour from the fun and entertaining geopolitical/psychological/science fiction of Ender's Game and mopes along through a whiny, melodramatic love story that turns into a thinly veiled homophobic screed. At first I dismissed the homophobia angle, thinking, "What does gay marriage have to do with the aftermath of Ender's war with the buggers?" Much to my chagrin--and despite the clear answer being "nothing"-- there it was though. It only took a quick google search to note that I was far from the first to notice this unfortunate bent (and that the author Card is on the board of a rather gnarly anti-gay propaganda group to boot).
Thus, I'm afraid the Ender series has been a bit tainted for me. I will admit that I have moved on to Shadow of the Giant (and noticed so far at least a brief continuation of the same anti-gay storyline), but I suspect it will be my last Ender book. Up until now, I had rather enjoyed the Ender-verse as a pleasant summer distraction. Though the series had gone down hill a bit since the original Ender's Game, I have to say that I'm very disappointed to have had an otherwise fun series marred by such an irksome blemish.
This is my seventh book in the Ender saga (Speaker for the Dead is my favorite) and although I haven't loved all of them, this book is by far the worst. I don't believe in judging works based on the author's belief but this book just seems like a platform for Orson Scott Card to advertise the Mormon Church. He so vehemently argues that marriage is only between a man and a women and that having children is the most important thing in life. Shadow Puppets does not fit gracefully into the series and this book is barely sci-fiction. Card is an activist for the prevention of same-sex marriage. There would be no reason for me to know that if his writing in this book didn't prompt me to look it up.
Some other reviewers touched on it already but this is the weakest of the Ender/Bean series by far. The story is boring and the characters as young adults are acting like they would if they were "normal" 5 year olds. There is no person that wins your favor like Ender did. I found the narration whiny but that is largely because the characters are written that way.
All that said, it is important to read this to understand the next book in the series which is a vast improvement.
I really enjoyed "Ender's Game" - there seemed to be a number of fresh ideas, and I enjoyed getting to know Ender so thoroughly. I couldn't wait to read more of the Ender series. But this felt like a whole different story, even by a different writer. Lots of familiar names, but no familiar feel - they were all strangers. And by the end of the book I was still waiting for something intriguing to happen - it just never did.