The third of four in the Ender storyline, this book is a bit of a deep dive into Philosophy. It's more similar to "Speaker for the Dead" than "Ender's Game", in that the conflicts are intense discussions and less physical confrontations.
I enjoyed the book a lot, but it is slow at times. The diversions are all important and interesting, but you need to be in the right mindset to enjoy it. Not quite as good as the first two in the series, but still worth a listen.
Woman who does Valentine puts the wrong emphasis on everything. Any words that have an "oo" sound, like "room", she draws out to something like "roooomm". They way she characterizes interactions is as though the characters are all in a deep, soap-opera-like, lover's quarrel. Every other reader is good.
I don't know how to really articulate how I feel about this book. There were certainly interesting parts, but there were a lot of really boring parts as well. Noivinha's family (herself included) were pretty much all insufferable. Ender's character seemed off, not himself. Was my time well spend? Meh.
One of my biggest frustrations with this book is the god-awful portuguese. It is offensively bad. I can't believe someone was PAID to read this, and didn't even bother researching how to say the 3-5 sentences in portuguese CORRECTLY. It's painful. And yes, I knocked off 3 stars for that, cause it was that bad.
The narration for the Hive Queen and for the natives is the planet Path are incredibly annoying and distracting! The other readers (Brick, Rednucki, et al) are outstanding as usual.
It was a great book although the ending felt a little rushed and he even admits it in the commentary but it picks up in Children of the mind which I haven't finished yet but is great so far
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The book does end on a cliffhanger as this book is the introduction of the next book. At the end of this book one does have a better understanding of the struggles within our souls as we fight with our demons and how he handle conflict or when we accept our lot in life.
This book's strong points are centered around human behavior, how we see ourselves and act based on our believes. This book looks deep into the souls of the characters and gives meaning to how they feel through exposition vs speech.
There is some progression in the story but is drowned out by the telling of the character stories.