I loved Ender's Game. And in Speaker for the Dead, the story really grow up and I was thrilled to know how the story line continues. But Xenocide was a disaster. Endless repetitions, dragged out 'monologues, weirdly religious elements in every second sentence. This is a christian gods/souls/life/afterlife fantasy novel and no science fiction story.
I was confused about the deeply religious setup of a Brazilian Catholic colony, and how suddenly the evangelism of pig-like aliens was a big part of the story. It felt so wired that I googled Orson Scott Card ... and yeah, he was a Mormons missionary in Brazil. Seriously? If I wanna know about Mormon missionaries, I go see a musical, but that's not why I listen to science fiction.
I didn't care too much about the performance, although some accents were quite wired.
I would have cut the book down to half its length.
Stop with Ender's Game. Definitely skip the Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and
Children of the Mind (which I haven't read).
While the prior two novels in the Ender series had some interesting philosophical concepts embedded in the storyline, this novel seemed to try too hard to discuss an idea that was not fully conceived. Ironically, there is a character, JingJao, who seems to model the author's own life. Known for his rigid conservative stance on social issues, Orsen Scott Card seems to portray himself (albeit unintentionally) in the development of a character so rigid in her religious upbringing that she fails to see the truth standing right before her own eyes.
This is a great continuation of Ender's story. There is so much visualization and the characters grow so much in their characters. It is very interesting and it was hard to stop listening.
This book was fantastic. It delves deeply into the philosophy of what makes a creature sentient and deserving of life. It also tackles the matter of righteous self defense.
The story got a four star mostly because I felt myself groaning inwardly every time Choa Li-Ming's chapter came up, and only because I was forced into a hypocritical and pious mind of a child who wished to lord over everyone. Also, the story only slightly touched Ender and his adventures in this book, and since Ender is my favorite character, I was more than a little disappointed.
one of my ask time favorite books and series. the only thing i disliked was the narrator's accents. specifically of the ancestrally Chinese people of Path. it was poorly done and made it hard to focus on the story.
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.