As a sci-fi book, I really enjoyed it, but the delving into (and rather unnecessary rabbit trail) that was the exploration of Mormon philosophy/theology, drew from my overall view of the book. I understand Card felt it essential for the back story, if you will, but it would have been a better book, as Ender's Game was, without hoisting this particular petard. Still, if you can endure a chapter or two of nonsensical ranting, the rest of the story is great, as a story. Compelling, entrancing, and continually making you want to know what happens next. I give it a four overall, of five.
Side note: some might feel having multiple readers distracting, and in the first book, till I got used to it, so did I. But then it grew on me, and for the most part, it works.
Another awesome book by card. I love Enders universe! There were some very cool surprises in this book. If you love Enders universe as much as I do then this is a must read.
The narrators were amazing as well. I love the way it switches from person to person. I especially like the female voices.
I have no opinions on the story as a whole in regards to what should or could be changed. The Ender Quartet has definitely tapered off in interest after Speaker for the Dead, and this story itself is hard to follow with all of the made up science being explained in depth.
Definitely not - I have listened to a few audiobooks performed my multiple narrators, and they are consistently inconsistent.
I personally cannot stand listening to audiobooks that are attempting to be audio plays. They are never consistent - you cannot keep track of who is performing as which character, some chapters will have one narrator performing as all characters, some chapters will have multiple narrators performing as different characters each. The random music accompaniment should also be cut, because it really has no additional affect on the story - it seems to be inserted at random moments, and is not necessary. Also, a bunch of white people impersonating a pseudo-Chinese accent is horrible to listen to, as is a female narrator impersonating a fake deep male voice.
Wow, robots are less monotone and cary more emotion in their voice than the first narrator. And what is with the huge pause between each word? It is like a bad imitation of William Shatner.
I have come to LOVE this series. The performance in all three books so far has been amazing. I listen while I work and the day flys by so quickly. It's almost like having a 16 hour movie playing in my head. But not only is it a good listen, it makes you think and begs you to keep listening. This book in particular, to me questioned theology, religion, faith, and science. Which I loved, because even tho the book is over I'm still thinking about it and the questions it posses. I can't wait for my next credit to get "Children of the mind"!
I loved Ender's Game. Speaker for the Dead was decent as well, but not as good. As I listened to Xenocide, I did my best to convince myself that I liked it. I made it to about the 2/3 mark and gave up. The story is meandering, preachy, and frustrating, and most of the characters make you want to strangle them. I can also do without the healthy serving of religious gospel Orson Scott Card seems intent on shoving down my throat, thank you very much. I will not be buying any more of this author's works.