This is a fitting conclusion to one of the best series in the history of the written word. The way Card develops his characters is second to none. You will feel the anger and the hate and the love and all the other emotions that each character feels. And to top it off it is a tremendous story line too!
After a steady decline in quality from the masterpiece that is Ender's Game, to Speaker for the Dead, to Xenocide, Children of the Mind brings the level back up a bit after hitting rock bottom with Xenocide.
While the story is a little better, it still has the same problems. It is far too long, the characters, other than Ender, are extremely annoying and poorly developed, and the female readers of this audio book are the same.
I'll simply reprint my quote regarding the female readers in Xenocide:
The female readers are atrocious. The same whiney melodramatic voice reads Val, which is only just tolerable as it was in the first two, but now you have the most annoying voice in the history of readings with the "Hive Queen Voice". I would have rather listened to a thousand fingernails run across a chalkboard than listen to one more word from this readers mouth... unbelievable that they didn't change this after hearing the horrible performance in post production.
I thought we were done with the terrible/uninteresting path characters. After the first chapter I wanted to rip off my ears. The series started off great with Speaker for the Dead. Each successive book was exponentially worse. Don't read.
First off, this is a review of the "Speaker for the Dead" three-book series, which includes "Xenocide" and "Children of the Mind".
If you're considering this book, then you probably thought "Ender's Game was cool!" Ender's Game tricks you into thinking this book and its series is cool. Assuming you ignore this review, I will now tell your future...
As you finish listening to Speaker for the Dead you will think, "Well, okay. Maybe it will get better." Then, as you finish Xenocide you think, "Okay, it's not going to get better, but I might as well finish the series and see what happens." As you're listening to the long, drawn out, redundant, and contradicting dialogues and monologues of Children of the Mind, your own mind will wander and you will think "I wonder what will be the next book I listen to."
When you get to the end of the last book, when the ending is far less than spectacular, you'll sit and reflect. You'll think and reflect for a few hours about what you took out of the Speaker for the Dead series and you will finally come to your ultimate conclusion........"Well, at least Ender's Game was cool!"
Without a doubt, when comparing this "sequel" against Ender's Game (which can't be helped, as it is an obvious continuation) one cannot help but become disenchanted...it is tedious and has convinced me to go no further in the saga. Orson Scott Card needs to move on and stop playing his "Ender" victory for all it's worth because it has truly become old and begins to cheapen his potential for additional brilliant works of fiction.
If you want to know how the ender series ends look on the web and save your money. I couldn't get through this book. This book and Xenocide should have been one book. The IS the most boring book of the series and just rambles on and on and on and on and on and on and....well, you get the point.
Perhaps it is because Ender's Game is so superb that I am disappointed.I have listened to all the Ender stories, and enjoyed them to some degree, but none can rival the original. I could not put down Ender's game, but had difficulty finishing Children . The pace is slow with too little action, and the narration, especially "The Hive Queen" voice is very irritating. Don't waste your book credit on this
i loved the series but this was a little hard to finish. it seemed like some of the conversations were unnecessarily repetitive and drawn out
Since the narration is done by the same people who perform "Xenocide," it is quite easy to get into the flow. The vocal characterizations are brilliant, expressing even more than the words themselves do. There are so many great moments, it is hard to come up with one. If I have a favorite, it is Peter's soliloquy when he and Wang Mu deliver the Molecular Disruption Device to the hold of the flagship of the Lusitania fleet. I am looking forward to the coming-together of the Ender and Shadow series for a resolution of the phylotic threads created in those two brilliant series.
Excellent performance. A bit too philosophical. Felt out of place in the series. A number of facts and conversations were repeated from previous books. Found that boring. Overall, I continued to enjoy the characters and I enjoyed the sense of discovery that was carried on from Xenocide.