I was completely unfamiliar with this book. I laughed at the review below regarding throwing the CDs away because the book has brutal fighting by 6 year old boys. Anyhow... this is not really a childrens book. I am in the military and I loved the analogies that were directly related to leadership in real life. Despite the fact that this is sci-fi, it has some great insight in to how to manage teams and take care of people working around you. This was one of the best books I have downloaded from audible (the other was Freakonomics)
This is so far one of the best audiobooks I've heard. The story is incredibly interesting and makes you want to listen up to the end. I would recommend this program to anyone, whether you like Sci-Fi or not, whether you are a kid or an adult.
The only thing that bothered me (only a bit) is that there would be a single narrator speaking for all the characters, and somewhere in the middle toward the end of the program, the voice would change to a female's, and in other times, it would be Orson Scott Card himself who became the narrator. Strange maybe, but it wasn't really disturbing. But it's the story here that's important, not really the narration, so I would only consider this a minor inconvenience.
Anyway, there is no reason why anyone who listened to this program would be unsatisfied, so I highly recommend this.
I LOVE this book. I read the book several years ago and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed "reading" it again. Orson Scott Card is amoung the best in science fiction and for those who are true scifi lovers this is a must read series. The narrators make this book very enjoyable and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I would rank this series up there with the Lord of the Rings series. A sure Science Fiction classic.
I have to now rate this as probably my all time favorite book. I can't believe I never heard of it until I found it randomly searching for a good listen on Audible. Besides Mr. Card's excellent story and writing, this audible version also has the best narration of any I've heard. The multiple narrators provided style more attributable to a radio play than the normal "reading" style of most of the other audible books. A definite pleasure!
I can't remember when I've enjoyed a science fiction book more. The writing is great, but it's the ideas behind the writing that will keep you up at night. My only warning to readers is that you might not want to stop listening.
Although I do not like how the book tries to be a prequel for the next book in the series, which I do not plan to read or hear, it stands on its own.
The story will grip you until the buggers are vanquished and then turns back on itself in regret and setting up the next book in the series.
However, if the ending were left as the buggers as evil and human kind's xenocide as good then I think it would be all to one dimensional (akin to startroopers) a portrayal.
I think even self serving as it is, the authors attempt to turn this book into to a prequel, it serves to give further emotional dimensions to the characters.
A 5 star read/listen for sure!!