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.
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.