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!!
An excellent reading of a science fiction classic. The use of multiple voices and a semi-dramatic reading make this a very good listen and enhance an already good story. The story is compelling, if slightly taxing on our ability to suspend disbelief, but you start to care so much about the main character that you can overlook some of the hard to swallow parts.