I don't like stories that start in the middle and then do flashbacks; can be very irritating; but this one could not have been differently. It is a very unusual story that slowly unfolds and spans the life of a 50 year old man who lives for 10's of thousands of years.
If you are looking for an unuisal Sifi that has little or no techno and focuses on the story of two races of people, and is quite ... morish, this is it. If you need a change from the usual; go for it!
This was on OK audio book. Its definitely not a happy one. Many moral issues are covered throughout. More than once I had to pause and reflect on the actions taken by the characters. You can tell Card's Mormon background influenced this story (i.e., several themes of man creating his own world & being god like).
I would be hard pressed to give it one star, as I did listen to the whole thing, including the short stories. Overall though, I think there are more interesting stories to read & consider.
I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.
I just could not get into this one. I have listened to many, many audible books, good and bad. With this one I tried really hard to stick with it but just couldn't.
This the first audio book that I have stop listen to. The book if poorly put together and is very depressing.
Can't give it five stars, because it isn't Ender's Game, but I really enjoyed it. It does explore moral themes, but it's not as heavy-handed as some reviewers would have you believe. I like my sci-fi without a lot of heavy fantasy influence, and this book delivered for me.
I also don't like books written with a clear moral agenda. This dealt with moral themes, but didn't feel preachy. It's not hard to figure out where Card's sentiments lie, but I didn't mind. Bottom line, if you're a fan, it's worth a listen.
Oh, and the stories at the end are great if you were into the main Worthing Saga and kind of wished it wouldn't end. If you're done, you can skip them without feeling guilty - you're not missing anything serious, plot-wise.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This wasn't clear from the description but this audiobook has more than one story in it. I would say that it is a collection of short stories, except that the first story is about 10 hours long. The rest are about 45 minutes. So it's more like a novel with a bonus collection of short stories.
Scott Brick narrates the novel part and is very good, the other narrators aren't as good (especially following immediately after Brick), but are still easy to listen to.
This is the 4th audiobook of 70s scifi that I've listened to and if I didn't know better, I would never believe it was written in the 70s. The story comes ahead of the scifi, the characters feel real, and the author makes you care what happens. There's an underlaying sense of injustice running through the stories that the author makes us want to correct.
I wanted the stories to go faster, not to get through them, but because I wanted to know what happened. This audio is worth the price for sure!
Long, boring, and just plain a waist of a credit. I love most of his other works but this one stinks.
I enjoyed Ender's Game and the subsequent novels, even though the characters were never very believable to me. This novel, however, is very strange. The characters were a bit creepy to me, with all the mothers hitting their kids; with kids dying and parents apparently not too broken up about it...I guess the characterizations, once again, were just not very believable to me. Oddly enough, it's been over a month since I finshed the book and I am still kind of resentful about it, for two reasons: one, the author had some great ideas but I really dislike the directions he took in the book, and two, I wish I hadn't met all the weird and one-dimensional characters.
13 hours in and I'm done listening. I tried. The first story was pretty good, although a little drawn out. That voice actor was OK too. The second part made me question if I should continue listening. I didn't feel like I was getting anything new out of it. The third part made me stop listening. The voice actor speaks way too fast and I felt like I, once again, wasn't getting anything new and exciting from listening to it. I don't recommend this.