I could not pull my earbuds out...This book was riveting! The concept is very original, and the the performance made every character come to life. You definitely don't have to be a science-fiction fan to enjoy this fantastic story. The prelude from the author is a wonderful addition.
No because I don't listen to or read books twice, nothing against this particular book.
The interesting characters and the unique life on the planet.
No extreme reaction.
First audiobook I've actually enjoyed.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Enough alternate worlds in this one novel to populate 6-7 novels. His audio clip about the book says he would have rewritten if given the chance... and doubled its thickness. I think if written later it would have been a whole series. I am glad he couldn't rewrite, it is a stand alone book that is classic OSC.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
If you're one of the people that listened to the complete "Ender" series of books, then you'd recognize Card's style in this book even if you picked it up with a blank cover. It's got many of the same "types" of characters that Card uses in other books (IE: The large laughing Polynesians, the simple farm folks making a decent life for themselves while just barely scratching out a living, etc)..
At one point I found myself rather jarringly thinking "I don't remember this part", as I found myself suddenly convinced I was listening to a forgotten section of "Speaker for the Dead". I'm still not sure how I feel about that, but it was weird, and I've never had something like that happen to me before!
I remember a 7th grade English teacher telling those of us in her class "You should NEVER take a story into a deep flight of fancy, and then save yourself from having to explain how it got that way by saying 'then they woke up and it was just a dream', or 'then everything was saved by magic'... I found myself remembering those words over and over when the story progressed to the desert dwellers.
Still, I understand that this was one of Card's earlier works, and he says in the introduction that he had always wanted to substantially rewrite it.. That statement makes perfect sense now, and in my opinion those two points allow you to come away with a pretty positive feeling overall when you finish this book.
As always, Stefan Rudnicki does a fantastic job with the narration!
Well worth the credit!
I have heard OSCard believes this may be his favorite child. He has great taste. Wow is this story weird and terrific! Best for adults/older teens because of the relationship stuff. Narration is perfect. Sound quality clear and beautiful. I'd give it a five star but the story ends! Such a bummer, what was he thinking ? It should keep going and going!
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is a really early book for Card. But it's premises are fun, it's conclusions are entertaining and it still holds together after all that time. I still find it a complete treat.
An interesting setting, a good start and some interesting twists, but overall it didn't work for me. Part of the problem was that the true bad guys weren't even introduced until we were 3/4 of the way through the book. The other thing I found irritating was the "magical" nature of some of the "science."
It's not terrible by any means, but not Card's best.
In the author's introduction, he says that he wanted to rewrite this one, so I guess he feels that way, too.
Rudnicki's narration is excellent. As usual.
I have always been a big fan of Orson Scott Card's Enderverse so when I had a friend suggest that I give this one a try I did and boy was I glad that I did. This is an exciting story that lives up to to quality of the Ender's Series!
I am a big Orson Scott Card fan but this one was a real bust.
Narration: The novel was written in the first person from the perspective of 16-19 year old, but the voice over is a 50+ pomp that reads everything with an air of indifference that sucks the life out of scene. "and then he stabbed me through the heart..." (said with an 'oh well, who cares' tone). You don't realize this when you listen to the previews because the Narrator has a good voice, but it just does not fit the material once you get into the story. Drove me crazy.
Story: The book rambles and rambles and rambles. You stop caring about the main characters because he is so invincible. (spoiler alert) by the middle of the book he has collected so many super powers he is unstoppable and can easily overcome all of the villains introduced in the book. So Card spends the second half of the book trying feebly to create new situations and new villains where the super powers of the hero are foiled... but they get more and more inane and you just stop caring. The main character often has to say things like "I could have stopped time and easily killed the [insert bad guy here].. but i was confused and so i left to think it over"
A winning partnership of writing and narration. The peerless Stefan Rudnicki picks up where the story line sags and the author uses his ever curious intellect to engage the reader.