This series is very entertaining, especially if you've studied the bible and like SCI-FI. And I love the narrator.
I think Orson Scott Card is a fantastic writer and has written some true sci-fi classics, obviously including the Ender series. I chose this book thinking it would be similar. While I will admit I still have not finished it after more than a month of listening, I did get far more than half way through it. I can't recommend it as it's just not interesting. It's slow to develop, slow to get to any point and doesn't strike me as particularly sci-fi. Another reviewer said it's a story that is setting up for future books and I could see that. I just couldn't get wrapped into the little lives of this family in some dusty city and their petty small town politics. Occasionally the "Oversoul" would be involved but it was rare and not exciting. The story itself is expertly written though. I can't find any faults with how the story was told but it's just boring. And the narrator who does as good a job as he can just doesn't have a voice that keeps you listening. He sounds very baritone and somewhat monotone.
I just can't recommend this book no matter how well crafted the story is.
Though an interesting story, The Memory of Earth didn't live up to my expectations. A good cautionary tale with an interesting viewpoint of future society.
I actually enjoyed this book until I realized that it is just a very long prologue to rest of the series. While I don't mind reading a series, I prefer each part being a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. This doesn't apply here and therefore I don't think I'll be picking up the next part.
As for the premise of the story, I thought it was really interesting, to have these biblical themes reiterated in an alternative setting.
Memory of Earth took a little while it get into. Like many of Card's characters, it takes time to invest in caring about them, but once one does, it is well worth the time. This is a good read filled with faith and humanity. I'm looking forward to the next one.
If you loved the Ender novels, you will probably enjoy this one, but give it time. This one is deeper, even more so than The Worthing Saga.
I really enjoyed this book, the whole series in fact. Once again Orson Scott Card does not fail to engage his readers with rich descriptions of the characters, the culture and political systems of his world. I also was entertained by the notion of the Oversoul, a computer that has become the supreme being of the world Harmony. It can influence people by making them un-think dangerous ideas, and can appear as a vision in order to get people to do what it needs them to do for society. As is common in Mr. Card's books, you get the sense of his LDS doctrine in these stories, but I don't believe it to be offensive. This book never seems to get boring and made the trip from Boise to Seattle entertaining and less tedious.
I enjoyed how Mr. Card organized his culture to be matriarchal, but men were still valued. I also liked the drama of the interactions between the characters, how Nefai's two oldest brothers were always plotting against him, and the motivations of the characters to act, react, and interact with each other.
My favorite scenes were with Nefai and Issib learning they can fight against the Oversouls power to think of things such as airplanes other ideas of warfare.
No, I am very easily moved to tears and easy to laugh, and while I chuckled at many parts this book is not for someone looking to be moved emotionally.
I love the essence of the story. I have always enjoyed stories with a grand scale in which the characters soar. This has the feel of a coming of age story, but the young man in question has the ability to alter the world in which he comes of age. Yes, the ground Card covers here is familiar and I get why many reviewers don't love the book, but I enjoyed it fully! Don't expect to read something like you've never read before - you won't find it here. However, if you go along for the ride you will be pleased. If you know biblical history you'll be even more pleased. There is not an exact parallel. This is not a re-telling of the Old Testament, but many of the themes are the same. Certainly, the Oversoul is NOT the God of the bible, but you won't be able to help making comparisons.
Njafai is the easy (and obvious) choice, but many of the charactes are likeable. The players in this tale are almost never all bad or all good. Even some of the villians have a sympathetic side.
I have never listened to the narrator before, but he does a great job. He has a very deep voice that, at times, sounds godlike. Well done.
The future is our past.
Card does a great job of creating vivid and believable characters. I had a sense of visualizing and being swept away with the plot and characters.
The Murder of the antagonist by the hands of the innocent.
Stefan did an excellent job of changing voice inflection for each character.
The ending was anti-climatic compared to Ender's Game. I think I expected more that a retreat into the wilderness.
The book contained so many biblical references and many near quotes from the Bible, it felt like Card had an agenda to regurgitate religious teaching through his story. While that idea of communicating a religious message is not bad, other fictions that are not so blatant with quote and illusions to a biblical based faith do as good or better a job of communicating a faith based meaning without being so obvious (e.g. Chronicles of Narnia). I thought the many quotes and Oversoul were so religious in nature that it was hard not see a direct correlation to Biblical tone and distract the reader from the sci-fi plot.
Card seems to have lacked the drive to come up with his own ideas and has copied his plots from biblical text and the book of mormon. Even the characters are unoriginal and all represent book of mormon characters.