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.
It was a wied yet wonderful journey through the novel and I was very pleased with the narration, it held together strongly and didn't cause any distractions from the fascinating writing of Orson Scott Card. I was told that this would be a kind of strange novel with strange accounts and actions in a world so unbelievable that you can indeed imagine it being real, if that makes sense. Treason is a mystery at its heart and I love a good mystery, it just so happens that this mystery has many twisted layers that do come together well in the end, but do make the trip very tactile. I was very pleased with this book, it has been the first of this master writers works I have ever ventured into - knowing the skills displayed I will no longer be a stranger.
We drew to the end with quite a bit of skill, it surprised as well as reasured in some way.
The narration, as I have stated was well done and did not intrued into the story.
This would make one very strange movie... I would see it for shock value alone
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.
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!
Hello, I'm Adrian. I'm engaged to Nichole Braddock and love books! Though I don't have much time to sit and read so I listen... But audio books whole new universe! They make old books new and new books classics! I myself get into some moods and don't write the greatest reviews. Forgive me. I like to review books but it just feels too much like work to me :p
Amazing how his books all seem to have one idea. Or maybe one big group of ideas that end up taking many forms throughout all his books. Ender's Game was the first book of his I read, like many others, and ever sense I've somehow found him to be one of my favorite authors. You may read one of his books and hate it. But if you can read many of them then you may change your thoughts of that first book you hated!
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!