"Audible is the most efficient of high quality entertainment."
"Xenocide" continues the story but not the quality storytelling of "Speaker for the Dead".
The story itself is a pleasantly tangled web of conflicts. However, some passages drag on, belaboring obvious circumstances. Entire scenes appear unnecessary as their outcomes affect the story and character development minimally. Feel free to let your attention wander a bit at these times.
Sadly, the use of many narrators damages the audio book. Expanding on the director's goal to give a different narrator to each character's point of view, even more narrators are brought in to voice newly explored characters. The producers took this so far as to commit crimes against sound waves, though I won't point them out, hoping you didn't notice. Not all the narrators perform equally well, yet the effect could have been achieved by using only the best two - the lead male and female narrators.
"Xenocide" is a decent read if you're committed to the "Enderverse", but its fragmented narration will test that commitment.
Listening to it using an earplug can be painful. While the loudness of the sentences are normal, the beginning of the first word after a shorter silence can be extremely loud. Some dynamizer during recording was working and the result is not the best.
The loudness of the overall book should be normalized.
Yes, it could be listened with different loudness but imagine a morning bus commuting to the work...
At least for me, the artistic effort is good enough to explain and highlight the emotional parts without emphasizing the first words so much. I would be happy to re-download it with different sound quality.
The third title in the Ender series is a pretty good one. However, the absurdly stereotypical and slightly racist reading by the narrators of the people of the planet Path is a little tough to take. I see no reason for the characters to sound like ignorant mush-mouths., dropping syllables and letters. I had to fast forward through most of thoe parts.
Its a different writing style from Ender. Much more wordy, philosophical, and less action packed. I did enjoy it, just don't expect to get a second serving of Ender's Game here.
Love Science Fiction and some Fantasy books.
Review Headline: "Some Great, Some Not So Great" By Qbook.
I agree on the overall feel that Qbook tried to tackle in his review. Card tried to take on too much and lost a lot in the story. The story is sub-par and the only reason I made it through to the end was because I enjoyed Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead so much. However, Qbook mentions the accents used by the narrators and the Chinese accents the narrators used. Qbook got the impression because the narrators were speaking English with a Chinese accent, the narrators were implying the characters were "stupid". I do not understand this one bit. Just because someone does not speak English like an American does not make them stupid, nor does it make them "sound" stupid. They simply speak English differently. If you judge someone on the way they speak a language, you are the ignorant one, not necessarily them.
Fascinating issues of brain differences, intelligence and belief are explored in this series succinctly and clearly. I'm sure if my brain had been in an MRI device the video would have shown many areas of my brain lighting up from all of the ideas. Although some readers and listeners may have trouble with the narration (omg, that is, first of all, so GD PETTY if it's fake accents that's offending your oh so delicate overactive political correctness guilt, in which case half of the audiobooks ever made are going to be off of your list, and second of all, I really enjoyed the multi-cast performance), as well as the writing (it's a series, which means some repeating between books), as well as folks who can't stand the ideas that are played with (to each his own - some are too religious to stand this series, some are too close-minded, some are unable to handle speculative fiction with a distinct philosophical viewpoint, some like explosions and gut shots on every page, which doesn't happen much in this series). But if new ideas are candy to your brain, if philosophical speculative fiction entertains you, if an interesting series that explores how prejudice and religion and science can work together to evolve thinking about the nature of reality, about how intelligent cultures may find common ground despite physical body and history differences, then you will find the Ender books a must listen. There is a lot of tension and action, too, since these are science fiction novels, not non-fiction textbooks. The characters get into your head and become friends, so when it is possible they might die, or the bad guys might win, you will miss that TV show because you have to finish listening to this particular part and find out what happens.
This installment in the Ender series is fun and an acceptable bridge from the remarkable Speaker for the Dead to the remarkable Children of the Mind. You need to listen to this one on your way to the last book which I found deeply moving in the same way as Speaker for the Dead.
This is even talkier than Speaker For the Dead, but no less riveting for those who enjoy the Ender Wiggin series beyond just the boy soldier theme. It's compelling listening.
That is, until certain passages involving the people of the world of Path come in. How could a producer possibly not realize how offensive the Chinese accents are? The Mr. Moto and Charlie Chan actors of old might feel that the accents were a bit much. This isn't a matter of political correctness, it's a matter of bad choices, irritating accents and a bizarre need to overlay the story with a sometimes thick and insulting accent. Kind of an Enderverse Jar Jar Binks.
Not a reason to not listen to this one. I loved it... maybe some day they'll re-record those bad passages.
this book is often very boring, and it features two storylines instead of one, however you cannot complete your ender series without it so it's worth the buy in that one reason, however as a lone book, not really worth it
I thought Card did a sensational job of story-telling with this book. The characters are developed further and the story is excellent. The books continue to get more philisophical and less action-oriented. Card's writing is able to pull it off well.