I liked Enders Game and I liked the Enders Shadow Series. But Speaker For the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind were just no worth the time. These books are just to uninteresting to listen to more than once and I am having a hard time justifying the first listen. Especially at the cost of all three of them.
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.
ron/e in SF,
Story was riveting. This Ender story was full of ideas and a deep storyline.
Multiple threads of converging stories.
If you've made it this far in the series you're aware that Card's Universe is not filled with sci-fi action adventures. If you're looking for that just stop reading where you are and go read Frank Herbert's Dune; however, if you enjoy the philosophical nature of his works you know you have to read it. Even though it isn't up to par with the other 3 novels in the Ender Quartet, I'd argue that the last 2-3 hours make it worthy of your time and provide a satisfactory end to the series that, let's face it, you're not going to get otherwise.
The story was really missing the number of big ideas I've come to expect from Card. It needs more plot twists, less character bickering, and more big sci fi ideas.
When Ender went "outside" and created other characters out of thin air, the Enderverse jumped the shark. That was THE moment. Unfortunately this book was entirely on the wrong side of that shark.
Nevertheless, for fans such as myself, we're going to read it anyway. Card knows that and keeps putting out more novels in this series, with less profound content. Oh well. See you on the next one.
Yes. I've read this book twice and listened the the audiobook twice. Audiobook is better for sure. Gabrielle de Cuir is an unforgettable hive queen.
Quara is not a credible character, too flat. Also, the god whisperers can go
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead were good books. With Xenocide I enjoyed the book, honestly, but it wasn't as good as Speaker for the Dead.
Children of the Mind the same in that sense. It is a book I'd recommend but I have to say that Ender's Game was a classic with SoD being a very good book. Xenocide was good but Children of the Mind isn't that I'd say.
I had to read it because of the 3 books prior but it was too predictable. It seemed like he raced to meet a deadline almost. It just doesn't stand well on it's own. It needed the earlier books to get the 3 stars I gave it. As a standalone I'd be tempted to give it a 2.
In fairness I have to say that Ender's Game (and even Speaker of the Dead to a degree) set such a high benchmark that this book suffered for it.
YES, I have listend to the whole series and enjoyed each book. The great thing about this series by Card is that you don't have to read them in any specific order. All the stories can stand alone but still link together!
I love the whole series
I am new to audiobooks, having only completed a couple of others so I don't know that I'd really rank any of them at this point. That being said, I did enjoy the audiobook and found myself trying to make time to catch in an extra 20 minutes of listening here and there throughout my days.
I enjoyed the very personal interactions between the characters of the story. The situations they found themselves in along with how they responded felt very real.
This was the first time I've listened to performances by these narrators and I was impressed. I thought they performed well enough to give you the emotional context in the story without being so over the top that it distracted from the story.
I did try to listen to this book straight through although it was lengthy and I unfortunately needed to sleep eventually.
Overall I enjoyed the book. I read the previous books in this series and enjoyed finishing it off with an audiobook.