The story was pretty clunky. The characters were flat. This reads like what it was, an early effort that Card tried to fix up and publish. There's a good idea for a book in there somewhere, but this one would have fared better with a complete re-write.
I have always like Card's writing, to open the book the author gives a simple history of the book which I liked very much. It's nice to know a little behind the scenes action to go along with the book. From the description of the plight of the main character I was worried that this would be a "made for TV" quality book. Something so over simplified and lacking in reason that it wouldn't make sense. All of my worries we unfounded. The book was great. the author mentioned that he wished he would have written it in third person instead of 1st, but I think that telling this in the 1st person was very right for this book. It made sense. It gave a sense of solitude, which was reinforced over and over in the events of the book as well. The author also mentions that there is no need for any follow ups to the book either, I don't really agree, I would love to hear about the adventures of the main character's children.
I know OSC loves Rudnicki as the 'voice' of his novels. It's hard for me to listen to so much character self-interspection, especially in Rudnicki's low bass. It's like listening to someone mumbling to himself about himself. Who wants to listen in on that?
Haven't managed to finish this yet. I'm sure there's a good point to the story that's worth the telling.
Interesting premise; thin characterizations; story doesn't quite fulfill its potential.
I liked the interactions between the main character and the desert people, though it left me wanting to know more details of that culture. Overall, I thought the different strengths/gifts of the different "families" was interesting, but needed to be explored at a deeper level.
The narrator has a great, deep bass voice; I think the voice in my head is usually more of a tenor, but I liked his voice for Lannik Mueller.
I *wanted * to be moved by the final confrontation between Lannik and his "brother" -- but when we got to it, there just wasn't enough emotional depth. It felt too easy and facile -- and too convenient, especially after all the trials/tribulations it had taken to get to that point in the story.
Despite my somewhat negative comments, I enjoyed this book. It's clearly an early work of Card's, and lacks the emotional depth of some of his later books; but it was a fun listen -- and I'll definitely look for more by Stefan Rudnicki.
I got this book because it was on sale, assuming that it would be a good value—everybody is always going on about what a fantastic author Orson Scott Card is.
If I could sum Treason up in one word, I would say that it's lackluster. This is one of his early books, so we can't expect the same kind of polish that he would be writing with nowadays, but this book wandered around (literally) so much that sometimes I couldn't tell what the story would end up being about. Now that I've finished it, I can see that everything was leading up to a certain point, but not a whole lot about this book was satisfying during the actual read. Or even now.
The story is set on a planet called Treason (which was the original publication title), and follows Lanik Mueller from his point of view. In the Audible version, Card offers us a 15-minute background/advice session in which he tells us where he got this story and the mechanics of writing it, and I found that it was as entertaining as the book itself. One of the main complaints that I have about Treason is the fact that we don't get any serious movement out of Lanik until about 2/3 through the book. Until that time, he just seems like a confused guy in his early 20s that happens to be on a different planet.
All that being said, the ideas in the book are really interesting. With each family/nation having excelled in something adds a lot to the science fiction-ness of the book. However, I feel that since the world is so rich and interesting, the story could have been so much more. I'm not disappointed—I'm glad I read it. I think I was expecting steak, but what I got was McDonald's. Still good, just not what I was hoping for.
As for the performance...meh. I can't say much about it, as there was nothing that really grabbed me. It didn't sound like the author had any enthusiasm, which probably had something to do with the overall feeling of mediocrity.
This is not the best book I have listened to, but I enjoyed the story. It was certainly interesting and mostly easy to follow. I say mostly, because it was never really clear what the ambassadors were until the end. With that said, it is not vital to know what the ambassadors are in order to enjoy and understand the story.
No one moment was more memorable than another. However, I really enjoyed reading about the unique skills/gifts different families/nations had. This really added to the story.
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The simplicity of the journey mingled with the complexity of the plot.
I think I started to appreciate Orson Scott Card's work more.
You see that's a journey of self-discovery and yet the growth of the character has so much weight.
This book was too short!
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.
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.