As with the other Ender books, I think Card did a masterful job adding to the story. The readers did a great job as well.
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.
What is there to say. If you have read Ender's Game you already have an idea of what the story is all about. It is an expanded version of the final chapters of that book. That said, I loved this audiobook, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any of the Ender Wiggins saga. I was riveted by the narrators' outstanding performances. They cost me many hours of much needed sleep, but it was so very worth it. If you liked Ender's Game you will like Ender in Exile.
The complete history that Card continues to develop is addictingly astonishing. Each volume adds more depths and connection and is woven to seamlessly to be mere fiction. It's a history from somewhere.
It was consistently preformed and fills in lots of post-enders game details. I'd recommend at least reading the shadow series before this one as there are a lot of references to it.
card's personal talk at the end was a great bonus.
As spoiler free as possible.
It's nice to get back to Ender after the Shadow series; however, the stories have all never had quite the effect Ender's Game had (there's just something about triumph in the midst of impossible struggle).
While the continuation of the Ender drama is always interesting, the newly introduced characters take a while to connect with the reader. I found myself not really invested in the happenings of the mother and daughter story in the beginning even though it did pay off eventually.
Also the account of the son seemed rushed--not as dramatic or epic as that of his supposed father (especially compared to the origin story of the latter in Ender's Shadow).
All in all, for those who have been listening from Ender's Game until now, the writing style has remained consistent, and I really enjoy the familiar narrators. Their consistency really helps glue the universe together when listening.
I'm excited to get into the next book!
This book is for those who can't get enough of Ender and his continuing story. A great telling of the events leading up to the speaker for the dead.
I no longer just read... I process books!
The cast does another amazing job with the narration and the book does not disappoint, filling in some of the gaps of Ender's life. I really recommend this book as part of this series to be read after Bean's "Shadow" series.