I've read and enjoyed several books by Card, and liked the sound of this one. I took it even though the reviews were somewhat underwhelming. I'm glad I did. The characters were great and the story held my interest right up to the end. I have three main observations about this book: 1) contrary to some other reviewers, I actually liked how he developed the characters and played them off against each other - thought that was ther best part of this book, 2) the change in romantic interest from the real estate agent to the homeless girl didn't work for me - he should have stayed with the agent ... she was hot, and 3) the ending was just a bit much - felt too much like a second rate Hollywood horror film, with gratuitous destruction. Yet, I've listened to much worse on here and this was a nice way to pass the time.
I love Orson Scott Card. This was not at all what I expected. I was three quarters of the way through and I still kept wondering when it would get interesting. The last three hours are the only part worth listening to and I don't think it was worth listening to the first several hours.
There are so many other books written by him that are much better.
Not what I expected from O.S.Card, even from the Audible synopsis, and an unfamiliar genre for me. In any case, it maintained my interest and made credible jumps to incredible places.
I struggled to finish this and I really like the author and the narrator. The protagonist in this story is boring. I think this is what made just go meh?
This was my first audible so I chose an author I am familiar with and enjoy. After about an hour of listening I was beginning to despair at recognizing the distinctive Orson Scott Card elements. I was becoming bored. I was concerned that maybe the new media was taking away from the story as I usually read at a page a minute and by this time would have been well into the story. I persevered and surprise Orson jumped into high gear. The last three quarters of the audible were great and had a very Orson Scott Card climax and ending.