This is an awsome companion book to the entire enderverse story. It fills a very important gap that the enders game series skipped but that had a very large impact on ender and valentines decision process for the future. Much of enders life was based on what happened here and is the reason he wanted a home so badly.
I agree this book addresses loose ends from other related books, but it is rather slow and a bit tedious. I found the actual performances on the audio book to be less impressive than other titles I have listened to, and a spoken version of futuristic email addresses (for example) just sounds silly.
Card is able to flit back and forth across his Ender timeline filling in spaces that make the entire work so much better. This was one of my favorites and well with the read.
if you, much like myself, are wondering when to read this book, it is OK to read it after ender's game. I wish I could have read it between ender's game and speaker of the dead.
Once again, the seamless and seemingly effortless way in which he writes for so many different characters and gives them different perspectives, emotions, desires, and fears is amazing. well done once again. Highly recommended if you desire more information about post war Ender. Listen to the afterward first though, no spoilers and helps nullify any discrepancy with EG.
Ender in exile is a book that I can listen to over and over and still get something new out of it. it may have a few slow parts but what book or story doesn't. If you are reading this to see if it is worth the purchase my suggestion is yes.
Perfectly narrated, expertly written. This was a joy to hear. I couldn't stop listening once I started, and it seems to me that the story of Ender was made to be heard, to be told around the campfire rather than read in a book. Twelve hours is a steal for a story of this caliber