Fan of OSC and all of his books. I enjoyed the story and I must admit that the ideas presented within this series are starting to intrigue me, but this just seems to have a very similar feeling as many of his other books/series.
Granted I will still read all of them because I enjoy the narrative style, but if I had to describe it to another person, I would say more of the same.
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.
I am a fan of Orson Scott Card's Sci-fi stories. I love the characters, background, culture, dialogs and twists of the story. However I find some part of this book rather tedious to listen to; I actually skipped a few chapters! The narrator did a good job telling the story with various voices for different characters.
I can't imagine anyone liking this book except the author
Yes, I like his other books a lot. That's why I bought this one
He can't sing for shit.
The characters names are too difficult to follow so i'm not sure who is who. I could only get through a couple of chapters and when the singing started I could not delete it fast enough.
This needs a plot line that people have an idea of where it's going. This is much to tedious. Reminds me a little of a soap opera too with detailed ramblings occurring in the main characters mind.
Ever since reading and thoroughly enjoying his Ender's Game novel, I've been lured into purchasing several other of his works including (Xenocide, Invasive Procedures, Earth Unaware, Children of the Mind) and now this, in hopes that he would again write something worthy of previous interest. Sadly, this will be my last purchase of an Orson novel. Not only was this NOT a SciFi novel the entire story was plodding and the writing pedestrian. Even worse, absolutely zero of the characters were interesting enough for one to care what happened to them, so much so that I finally gave up on it after completely 4/5ths of the novel, not caring myself how it ultimately turned out.
I am Over the road truck driver and listen to books as much as I can.
i will listen to this one again, i didnt realize that this would be as good as it was.
it makes you think
when he went for the index and had to battle with the oversoul and his own beliefs
i got all of the siries and it was well worth it
The story is good - all of Mr. Cards are...but it leaves you dangling - an obvious ploy for the next book. Since I got it during one of the specials, I didn't pay full price or a use one of my credits, otherwise I wouldn't have given it a 3.5. I think probably this and the next book should have been combined into one book for the same price (with a better resolution). If that had been the case, it would have gotten a 4 or 4.5.
No character development. For that matter, no story development. Like reading and unfinished outline of a bad book.
The made up names drive me a little nuts... Why not call Napha, Nephi, then call his brothers Laman and Lemual, dad Lehi, little bro Sam, etc. Can't say the plot is as original as most of Orson's works. But, I liked it and will move on to the next one.