I love all of the books I have read from Card. This is the first one I listened to and was not disappointed. This was written before the Ender series and though vastly different, is similarly themed: Expand past your prejudices and become something greater and affect change for the better. I really enjoyed this book.
An imaginative romp through a beautiful world filled with unique and interesting inhabitants makes Treason an enjoyable and creative adventure that I highly recommend. Card's description of this realm will send your imagination on a fun ride that will leave you wanting more. My only complaint is that Card's description of the main character's female genitalia growing on his male body became too descriptive, and consequently, too awkward at times to bear, but it's a minor gripe of an otherwise exceptional novel. Rudnicki's narration, yet again, is excellent to say the least. Anyone who enjoyed him as Ender will likewise enjoy him here. Just an overall entertaining read.
Yes as long as there are no blacks figuring prominently in it as a race or clan.. As an African of the diaspora I have run into Card's black savage/slave motif before. Tossing in a Hitler and Himmler( or was I dreaming?) into the mix before the character is well on his way to exile just had me stop the audiobook in its tracks. I think I will stick with his Enderverse and the parallel books of Bean and Petra's adventures.
The beginning. See above.
Stefan delivers...always. I will be sad to miss his performance here.
Annoyance. As I read the beginning I had a flashback of another Scott Card book with blacks swinging through the trees defecating while in mid flight and I just can't shake the image. I really don't care how good the book will get or how he does the blacks 'justice' in his depiction of them....any more than I am eager to stumble over the latest Scott Card faux pas and get ejected from the narrative and back into the real world. I enjoy being transported...not ejected . Lost my taste for continuing this book. As I get older I tolerate this nonsense less and less.. I no longer make justifications for why authors write a certain way just so I can finish a book. Something annoys me...I stop the book in its tracks as I did with this one. Permanently. When I qualify for exchanging it...for another audiobook...I will. I am too old for this stuff.
I have been reading sci fi-fantasy since 1966...and it still is my preferred form of fiction. But I am in my fifties now and intend to be very, very selective from now on.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I like everything of Card's that I've read. This was just as good as most of his work. Very similar in some ways (young man + extraordinary powers + saves the world + questions regarding whether the world is worth saving) but still the world itself is very interesting and distinct. Very thought-provoking.
Sure there are stereotypes and it's pretty clear what Card thinks about women and minorities and academics, but the science fiction part was interesting enough to make the mild moralizing and stereotyping bearable.
The narration is very well done.
I enjoyed the overall story, but some of the weird sexual things were too much for me. It also had some fairly brutal parts, so the weak stomached need to look elsewhere. It is difficult talking about the "characters" in the story because there is really only one that you get to know. The main character is likable, but with flaws.
I enjoyed the narration. I have always enjoyed his voice.
This early Card novel is far from his best, but still interesting. It's a bit over-blown. However, there are enough ideas and excitement to keep a reader intrigued.
Probably my favorite portion of the download is a discussion by the author about the format of the book and what he would have done differently if he had the chance to rewrite it.
Beautiful. Sad. Tragic. Honest. Heroic. Cruel. True. Entertaining. Simple. Complex. Heavy. Gently Crafted. Remarkable. Unbelievable. Heart-breaking. Hope-restoring. Phenomenal. Expectation-shattering. Orson Scott Card does it again. And he does so beautifully.
Stefan Rudnicki is the best narrator in Audible.
To be honest I wasn't so sure about the story when it first began. I am not into the fantasy genre as much as Sci-fi and Treason felt like a fantasy story. As it continued, it stayed a fantasy story, but I found myself getting caught up in it. By the end of the first half, I was hooked. I would listen to it again, and I would recommend it to a friend.