The narration is very good but it still can't breath life into this drawn out philosophical story. If you find yourself addicted to the Enderverse, this book will break your cravings. You will stop caring about the amazing characters from the previous books. The issues addressed in the book are very interesting but could be delivered better in a more efficient combination of Xenocide and Children of the Mind.
Wonderful story. -1 Overall star because of that reader with the awful fake Chinese accent
I've really enjoyed the Ender series. This capstone book was a fitting end. My only complaints, if they can be called that, are:
1) As the author states, this book is unlike the others. Xenocide starts to pick up this new flavor towards the end. There is a lot of character dialogue that is a little soap opera-esk.
2) This book is clearly heavily influenced by the author's religious philosophy.
This book didn't need to be half as long as it is. The author repeated things WAY TO MUCH!!! If you enjoy listening to old dead white guys discuss philosophy over and over, round and round, then you'll love this book. It's very unlike the first book, Ender's Game.
Love to read, but time only allows listening. Thank God for audible.
I love how OSC explores such complex topics and sheds light on beautiful possibilities through exquisite characters. I am so glad I accidentally ran into his first book. Solid stories through the eyes of three-dimensional characters and no fear of the taboo or established lines of thought. Just free exploration.
I love when Wan-mu finally grasps Peter and finally understands his pain and despair, only to realize that he is so much more than that.
How do I not spoil describing my favorite scene?
Love is still the essence of existence.
Start at enders game and look past the Sc-Fi if it isn't your thing. The rest of the series including this one, the Sci-Fi aspects are so transparent to the great study and exploration of the body, mind, soul and spirit.
This is a story masterfully written, and recorded. I have read books that I could not put down but never have I come across an audio book that I've struggled to stop listening to! Very well done.
What started out as a new series for me a couple of months ago has now become one of my all time favorites. A true treasure in the world of litterature.
I liked Enders Game, I loved Speaker for the Dead, I enjoyed Xenocide and Children of the Mind was an epic end to an epic journey. Well worth a read!
The reading was amazing as it always has been in this series, I would say it got better even.
That said, the story was alright, I liked what they were doing and some of the philosophical points that were brought up.
However it was presented as one annoyingly written argument after another that just sort of grates on you the whole story making you not want to listen.
Usually I finish big audio series like this in a week or two, this book alone took me a couple months since I never wanted to actually get back to it. I finished it since I hate leaving things partially done before I move on to the next but oh man was it painful.