I would have kept Orson from writing it until later in his career.
I really like Ender's Game (also by Orson Scott Card), but Treason is a few good ideas wrapped in sensational plot progressions that betray how long ago he wrote it. I'd recommend it if you're crazy for sci-fi/fantasy and are more or less out of other options...
The concept itself was very memorable; another great idea from Mr. Card
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The reading was good. The pace of the reader was good. The expressiveness of the reading was good.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The beginning may be unconventional for male protagonists in sci fi, then, just a few chapters in an epic starts to take form. The theme of this book to me is "transformation". The changes of the protagonist and the supporting characters are a wonderful hook for myself as the reader. The ending a wonderful catharsis and wrapped up the storyline expertly.
The performance of the narrator was also noteworthy, with an amazing range and believable female voices. The book is also blessed with a great introduction by the author and it is a neat way to introduce yourself to the voice of the author if you have not heard it before.
Overall I was blown away by the depth of the characters and of the world. If I could change anything is I would move the Author's "introduction" to the back of the book as it has some spoilers that may alter the early perception of the story.
Once again Orson Scott Card takes the reader into a fantastical world all of his own creation. What an imagination this man has! The book was a good listen; I feel that it could have been better (and OSC agrees in his intro). Not as good as the Ender's Game books, but still a great exercise for the imagination.
Orson Scott Card really out did himself with this one. The first three hours are going to be a little weird but if you can make it past that, you wont regret it. The book becomes so fast paced that if you were to listen to 10 minutes of it, it would take you 10 minutes to describe what is happening to some one else. Trust me, you have to read this book!
I'm a big fan of Orson Scott Card and he didn't let me down with Treason. I read all the Ender books, and although this an entirely different type of novel, I thought it was just as engaging and entertaining. Mr. Card does and excellent job in getting the listener to connect with the protaganist and the struggles he faces. I would have listened to it straight through if I were able. The narration was competent, but nothing great.
Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
I enjoyed snippets of this book, but the overall plot line wandered and seemed forced. Card wrote this very early in his career, and it shows. The characters and concepts he introduces are strong but they don't hold together very well. I think the concepts would have worked better as a series of short stories about the world of Treason, rather than strung together as one narrative. I also thought the ending was unsatisfying and sort of cheesy. Great narration from Rudnicki as always, though! (Although my boyfriend had to stop listening because of Rudnicki's deep voice - his style certainly isn't for everyone!)
His low voice fit the part of what a strapping prince with the ability to regenerate body parts might sound like.
I will confess to only buying this book because it was in the bargain bin, so to speak. Years ago I had read "Ender's Game" and it was a good read but I was not impressed continually like I was with "Treason".
"Treason" follows the story of a prince exiled because he has an "incurable" genetic deformity.
His quest for a cure and reacceptance into his kingdom spans the planet Treason, so named, because all of the original inhabitants had been exiled from Earth, for having committed unknown atrocities. After many generations, the families of these original war criminals have developed in to individual kingdoms that all have a distinct specialty in a branch of science or communication. For example, the main character descended from many generations of geneticist, who eventually unlocked the bodies ability to regenerate limbs. This ability affords his countrymen a powerfull advantage in battle but ultimately turns into a disadvantage when he is exiled and has to face the prospect of fighting members of his own familiy.
There are a lot of curve balls in the plot and I won't give them up. There were many times when I thought the story was going to settle in to a usual "sci-fi quest story" tragectory, when I was suprised by another twist. I wish that this book, instead of "Ender's Game" had spawned numerous sequels. There is such a variety to the themes and twists in this book that I fealt that anyone of them could have been developed in to its own book.
The other worldlyness of it.
Didn't especially like listening to lines about the main character being aroused by his own breasts... TMI
I might have liked this book better if I was not simultaneously reading Kage Baker's "The House of the Stag." The protagonists in both stories acquire superhuman abilities that allow them to overcome the obstacles posed by the worlds in which they live. I became a trifle confused between the two stories and annoyed that the heroes needed to be superhuman to make a difference. Perhaps I would have liked both books better if I had read them at different times.
That being said, Card is an excellent writer and I did finish the book.