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.
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!"
in-ter-esting! loved it!
you gotta like jane. sorta nice, sorta selfish, so on top of things...
i'm thankful i didn't hear any homophobic stuff. the book sounds like it was written by an enlightened individual, not someone shallow enough to think being gay is a sin. still hard to believe such a great series came from someone like that!
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.
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
This book does get bogged down in the theology behind the thoughts of the main characters. It's good because it helps you understand where they're coming from and how complex their decisions are, but much of it could be reduced down to improve the flow of the book.
Yes! I've thoroughly enjoyed the Speaker series in the Ender-verse. The storytelling gets a little bogged down in the theological debate and explanation at times, but the story is still compelling all the same.
I loved the scene where where two of our protagonists are aboard the Starways Congress Fleet Flagship and the realization that allows them to be there. There's not much I can say without spoiling the story since so much of it is building to that point. However, for those of you who have read it, it's an awesome moment in the story where the tables of power turn in our favor finally.
It would loose much of it's soul to become one since the theological and philosophical debates wouldn't survive the conversion to script. However, I could see the storyline itself being adapted if the Ender's Game movie does well enough to justify sequels.
I haven't yet read other's comments on this book. I'm sure many will be much more negative than mine. If you're looking for a simple entertaining listen, this isn't your book. However this storyline has depth and brings much of the story from the previous books in the series together. It is worth the listen, but make sure you're in the right frame of mind as it can get pretty heavy at times.
Obviously those who enjoy Ender's game and Orson Scott Card's writing.
This is a half of a book. The author states that they are looking for a price point. While looking for their price point they left several items unresolved that he promised to resolve. I do read the author's comments and he promised in the prior book that he would answer a lot of questions, he doesn't. It is only a half a story and if you get it here it is one credit although the actual purchase price is less than he other works.