The phrase "jumping the shark" describes when an otherwise good story, event, series, etc. crests from being great and relevant to being stupid and pointless. In other words, you might try to pinpoint exactly when a band or t.v. show or series of books (like Dune) went from being "great" to being "over."
There's a moment like that in Xenocide, involving negative space. I'm able to go pretty far with Card in his imagination of the future, but deciding that his characters would suddenly develop "faster than light travel" just seemed like a betrayal of the understanding of physics that we had come to expect from his universe. Of course there are precedents in the series (the buggers' use of "psychic" communication and the end of the Ender's world with the weird planet the buggers created for him) but I still found this aspect of the novel to be a bit much.
Having said that, it's still a good read. Like all the books in this series, Card's imagination is what shines through. He's quite an original thinker and this book is no different in that regard (I guess my problem about, then, is rendered moot!).
I loved the first two novels in the series, but this one doesn't quite live up to my expectations, although it was good. The performance is fantastic as usual, but the story of all the actions on Path left me wondering why so much dialog was necessary...it bored me and was overly wordy. Also, the method of solving the "problems" left me feeling cheated and the resulting appearance out of the void reinforces this feeling. Still, there is a solid continuum of story line that leads into the next novels that leaves me looking forward and not back.
That Ender is seen needing his 'sister' to save himself.
Trying to figure out the end of the book.
As the third book in a trilogy where you know the characters bringing additional depth to them without being predictable or trite is a real challenge. This book meets that, strong plot that can carry the listener - yet the topics, ideas and moral dilemmas are worthy of deep consideration. The narration is outstanding. Absolutely 5 stars
OSC is an excellent writer. I am not looking for high action all the time. Sometimes I just want a good story and Xenocide is a good story. Of course OSC becomes philosophical, that's a large part of what Science Fiction is after all.... Listen to this book to listen to a good story where drama builds and characters are developed. He presents a great moral dilemma and looks at all sides of it. This is a very natural next book after Speaker for the Dead.
OSC sets up a great dilemma that has no seemingly good outcome for anyone. High action? No. Interesting? Yes. Is Ender the boy hero? No (you've read enough reviews to know that already though). Ender here is what we would have expected Ender the boy hero to grow up and become - a wisened older man. In addition, I liked how OSC developed Valentine; she is integral to Ender and her perspective on the Hive Queen made the buggers very real.
I enjoy all of Rudnicki's performances. What I especially like about OSC books, is that they are as entertaining as a movie. Many audio books are straight content and that is fine but not always entertaining. Rudnicki and OSC have captured the essence of a Readers Theater.
Not really. It would be too much.
If you are still hooked on the Ender series, this book will leave you wanting more. Though more intellectual than the last two, it continues to build on the trials and mind games of the 100 worlds. Card is brilliant again. The only downside is that the book does not end-instead it stops. Thank goodness I waited to start the Ender series until after "Children of the Mind" was written or I would have been very upset at having to wait to see where this book was leading.
I just think its a matter of interest. Something that might tug at you as being irritating might sing to someone else. I enjoyed this book a lot. With some books, such as this one, you have to look past a certain plot or scheme of events that take place and just enjoy the nature.
Not as tightly written as the first two. I appreciate the depth of his understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but would have preferred not to have read soooo much of it.
I am still a fan and am glad I read it. but I doubt I will read it again.
I look forward to re-reading the "Shadow" books.
The story of Ender continues, but this time you have to buy two books. This book was simply too long (300,000 words) according to the commentary at the end, so they publisher decided why publish one when you could publish two for twice the price. So, you'll have to get Children of the Mind to hear the rest of this book. Overall, the story is good, more of a soap opera than Ender's Game. That's what got me going in this series.
I read this book when I was 12. Over 20 years ago. I still have vivid mental images from this book lodged in my brain from that long ago. It was wonderful to listen to it now and see how my perception of the world has changed and grown. I enjoyed it so much more this time around.
It is a long and wordy book, but sometimes those are the best kind. If you get bored, pause it and go listen to something lighter. It will be there waiting when you're ready to come back to it.
While it does have some pretty fantastic and futuristic ideas, the humanity of it still applies.