Love this book, and it had fantastic narration. Wish I had listened to the shadow series before starting Speaker for the Dead, but nonetheless, this series of novels has become my favorite. Hats off to Scott Card.
I'd like to begin by addressing some of the poor reviews that I have seen for Xenocide. The writer's of these are too willing to throw out the good philosophies found in this book, because they choose to be nitpicky about how Card and the narrators deliver it.
Good for you, you know that those Chinese accents are overwrought and the Taoist culture on Path, perhaps, isn't realistic. Really though, who cares? Nobody is impressed by your false indignity and snootiness. The Chinese aspect is just a device to transmit the philosophy and there is nothing wrong with that. Card uses these various cultures (Brazilian, Chinese, American) to give the reader a beginning step in the journey of discovering more of those cultures. None of these exaggerations are used maliciously or cause harm.
Ender's Game was very good, but the point of this series was for the reader to grow as Ender grew. If you only liked Ender's game, then your taste is about only as developed as a child. It is too bad that there is no more laser guns, space football, and Mazer Rackums in the later books to satisfy your immature tastes. Stop writing bad reviews for good books. This kind of book and its accompanying series is good enough to inspire people for the better. Don't scare them away because of your narrow-mindedness.
It was definitely a struggle to read the first half because of all the summarizing of the previous books. When the story line finally got past all that, it was well worth the wait. Card created an amazing world and never disappointed, even til the end. Just glad there are more of his books to enjoy.
Great book! Great narration!
The story was awesome. Card brought everything full circle in Children of the Mind. If you've read the other Enders Game books you have to finish the series with this great listen and it's worth every second.
I enjoy conteplating the meaning of life. Children of the Mind had me contemplating the meaning of many species' lives as well as the different parts of each life. Awesome.
Someone who likes to read long nonfiction essays on the meaning of life
He could have focused on the story... actual action and way less dialogue.
He could actually just write a story for the story's sake. I admit, Card comes up with brilliant ideas for stories. But he uses them to actually project his own beliefs and views. I feel like I'm being evangelized, and that he is trying to convert me to his religion.
I would have cut the dialogue. The endless dialogue and thoughts about what life is about. I would have left a lot of thinking up to the reader just through the story. The guys are in space, about to die within seconds, and they spend chapters upon chapters wondering about the meaning of life.
If Card is reading this... I urge you to trust in your God... and just write a story and let the readers think for themselves. You don't have to explain everything!