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.
Podcaster, gamer, feminist, historian, bookworm, husband, dog person, trekkie, comic book enthusiast, inter alia.
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.
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? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
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'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 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.