I've listened to this book numerous times. Each listen gives me something new to ponder. All of the books in this series is a look at how people interact with societies and how societies interact with one another. I believe that I am a more rational member of my community because of this series; moreover, this particular book.
There are few authors in my library that provoke introspection on the level that Mr. Card does. Malcolm Gladwell, the Dahlia Llama and Richard Dawkins overtly encourage inspection. This book, in particular, encourages looking at a society as a whole to understand how it works and why you interact with it the way you do. The first time I listened to it I was interested in the relationship Ender had with the group of pioneers. The next time I listened I was intrigued by the interactions between the pioneers and the indigenous species. Repeated listens expand my interest in how societies in general deal with other societies.
Throughout the series Mr. Card presents ideas through the actions of the characters which provoke though. Why do we react the way we do to outside stimulus as a person/community/state/nation? Why do our actions generate a particular response from a neighbor/society/nation? What makes my ideas right and others ideas wrong? Do my rights eclipse someone elses' rights when it comes to something I don't agree with? These are topics that this book brings up, and more, to think about when trying to work through issues. I can't say enough about how good the book is.
Böök itself is pretty good and starts out really ubtriguing but in the end falls a bit on it's belly and closure is followed with obvious leading up to next book. Narration is way too over-dramatic in places and does not fit the actual text. and the weird sound effects in places are really unnecessary, but generally very clear and involved orration.
The book contents are a work of modern philosophy in a sci-fi wrapper. A good view in to human characteristics regarding religion, human psyche, intellect, and ethics. The 8 readers really bring the characters to life - well performed.
I truly loved this book. After reading Enders Game, I was hooked on Orson Scott Card's work. I heard snippets of it while travelling, on Sirius Book Channel, so I wanted to hear the whole thing. But I always feel that with a series, it loses a bit if you don't read the whole thing. That helps you understand the characters better and what makes them function as they do.
There were many characters to keep track of, but they were woven into an incredible, hugely imaginative story that was a fitting, and logical continuation of Enders's story.
I am so disappointed with this book. How could an author who wrote Enders Game write this? The only thing I can figure is that he did not have an editor as the ramblings in this book are maddening, especially when he starts writing in Portuguese, what the heck? Story could have been ok if the pace was quicker.
I am an avid reader of science fiction, adventure and technology. My hobbies consist of PC gaming, movies, 3D printing, and software dev.
The story is interesting but it keeps making the reader feel is that all? The narration was done really well.