I gave a rave review to Ender's Game. I eagerly bought this audiobook as well, expecting a continuation of the well-written and engrossing story. I have removed it from my mp3 player and will not be giving it another chance. 'Boring' is the most applicable word I can use in regards to this book. I couldn't get my mind to focus on what the narrators were saying, because the actual story itself was just so uninteresting, with drawn out dialogs and dull situations.
Part of the reason this story failed for me is because the characters that I cared about from the first story aren't in it (and if they were, I couldn't bear to trudge that far into the narrative to find them). Also, the narrators themselves don't help. They are monotonous and dry. One lady, the one who did the sister in the first book, is almost unbearable. I lived through her intonations in the first book and came to associate her voice with the sister. It's unsettling to hear her voice now associated with another character, read in the same unpleasant monotone.
It almost pains me to give a bad review to the author who so thrilled me with Ender's Game. But I just couldn't finish this book. Overall, it was just disappointing.
The story for this book is very well told. I just had hoped this book would be more similar to the original Ender's Game story line. It's an interesting concept, but it will make you want to read the Xenocide book. I didn't care for the performance of this book, it was awful.
The idea of honestly telling about someone's life after they are dead, no emotion just facts.
The cast of 6 alternating performers doing several parts didn't make sense. In one chapter a character might be read by a man, the next a woman, the next a different person... IT was very confusing, and made keeping track of characters more difficult. Some of the performances were AWESOME.... Others were just sub par. .. It really took me out of the story during these shifts.
Yes, I did enjoy it, but I don't think that I'll listen to it again. . .
It's smart science fiction, but this piece focuses more on people than the world in which they live. Also towards the end a character makes a shift that I didn't think made any sense.
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First of all one of the women narrators (the one who does the voice of Ender's sister) is so laid back in her delivery that it really drags the story down in the early part of the book.
Secondly, the book's first chapters could be drastically cut without losing anything critical to the story, but the majority of the story is more engaging as it goes along. All things considered, I did not find this story as satisfying or interesting as Ender's Game.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self
This is not in the same pace as Enders game was. People who loved the first book in this series for its war games and teen rivalries might find this one slow and boring at times. I enjoyed both the books. First one was definitely a fun read and this one has its moments but it starts slow. The author did a great job writing this book in '86 when there was not much of internet fancies we have now. The philosophical part of the book is also way heavier than the first book and one which takes a while to settle. Very interesting read. I wish the names chosen for the lead characters were more nuanced and easy to remember. They are Portuguese names but sometimes even foreign names are easier to remember.
Narrators did a great job switching between characters. The female narrator was sometimes spoke so low (almost to a whisper) which made it difficult to hear when driving. Overall a good read. I highly recommend.
The male narrator is ok, but the female narrator is highly annoying. If I hadn't enjoyed Ender's Game so much I would have returned this book. The story is slow starting, and it was not until at least 40% of the way through that I was really hooked by it. I'm very glad I finished it and did enjoy the ending.
Orson Scott Card, now infamous as a Mormon zealot and anti-marriage equality bigot, seems to be simply borrowing the Ender "branding" for this novel, which has little or nothing to do with Ender's Game. Incredibly slow-paced and filled with preposterous stuff about religious missionaries running colonies on alien worlds, it manages to pull out a bit in the last quarter with admittedly interesting relevations about the "piggies." I've read plenty of far more interesting science-fiction, including from Mr. Card himself.
The narration strategy is absolutely crazy, with something like seven or eight different talents chiming in at various points. For the most part they're all quite good, but I completely fail to see the point of having so many people involved in the work, especially if you're not going to assign them to specific characters. So three stars for the performances, but only one star for the production of the audio.
Read this book many years ago and the listen was just as good. This is a classic SF book and has not lost anything over time.
Good narration, but a bit too soothing of a primary voice for a long commute. Still - well done on the narration, overall. The story was good, but not full of nearly as much action as its predecessor ("Ender's Game"). As a sequel - not bad, but also not consistent with the pace/story of "Ender's Game". Intriguing plot - but at a VERY slow pace. Glad I listened to it, but it didn't draw me in, much. The plot concepts were solid (and intriguing), but you had to be listening for depth. Probably not a great "casual" listen. I had to replay several scenes when I failed to catch the subtleties of some plot points.
I liked much of this book, but at times it seemed to bog down. I understand that this was the original story line around Ender, but Ender's Game was way better.