I like the Ender series that deals with dynamic of human nature, fear, conflict with a less emotional view point - the female characters in this book (not as bad in the other) are over the top emotional. I took a serious dislike to many of them.
Unusually deep look at the existential condition of man, life, and existence. At the same time, riveting. A must read.
I'm still enjoying the story and the characters, but the performance on this series can get wearing. Some of the readers are far too dramatic for the story line, sounding as if they are always shouting. Yikes. Just settle down and read the story!
This is my third Orson Scott Card book, having read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. I hadn't meant to read the final book in the series before having read Xenocide, but I was able to fill in the blanks through reference. As in previous books, Card masterfully tells a story that expands my thinking. It includes characters with differing viewpoints, capabilities, histories, and agendas who face personal and community threats. The drawback is the number of soap-opera-like love stories that composed the main focus of the book. The book ends on a positive note, with the main characters looking toward the future with hope. I'm glad to have read this, though I enjoyed the first two books the most in the series.
I read this one just to get closure on the other 3. This story picks up seconds after the ending to "Xenocide". While I enjoyed the story and plot, the continual character arguments and explanations of meta-physical gibberish was too much. After "Xenocide", this story was an improvement but failed to end the series with a bang.
I really enjoyed the previous books in the series. This however just feels really too long. Often I was wondering why the author is wasting time on useless logical games throughout the book. It feels like there wasn't really a lot to write about so he kinda elaborates endlessly on who thinks what and why over and over again. The whole experience feels forced.
Another annoying thing about it was how the author makes the characters search for some sort of ultimate truth which then doesn't really exists. The characters feel like they only think they know this ultimate truth about the universe and everything but in reality no one "really" understands anything. There is a lot of useless stuff in this book and personally I wouldn't recommend it.
I have really enjoyed the other books in the Ender series, but not this one. I found it slow and painfully full of the author's philosophical rantings. This was a real disappointment.
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.