I have been a lover of science fiction all my life. But somehow I missed out on the Ender series. As a result, I had no idea what Ender in Exile was all about -- except that the really good parts were covered in other books. Don't even think about downloading this selection unless you're up to speed on the prior offerings. That would be like starting the Dune series with a book about sand worms.
Great book! Unbelievable the way Card was able to tell this story and keep all of his fact straight with all of the other Ender books out there.
Fun to listen to! This book provides a lot of insight to the overall story of Ender.
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.
This book was primarily a forum for the main characters to complain about everything that happened to each other in the first book.
I was so impressed by every element of Ender's Shadow that I didn't find Enders Game as interesting or complex. Bean's character in Ender's Shadow is far more developed than Ender, himself, is in Ender's Game. The narrators are wonderful and could probably make any story interesting. They are excellent!
I have listened to all of the books about Ender since listening to Enders Game years ago. This is the best sequel to Ender's Game making it a must hear for all of Ender's fan.
This book is basically a series of Card's opinions about things like child bearing, religion, personal responsibility, point of life, etc, strung together with some loose character/plot to hold it together. If what you want is actual story telling this is a terrible choice. And if you've read much Card, you'll recognize a lot of the voice in this book - Ender is in many ways indistinguishable from Jason in the Worthing saga.
I enjoyed this book. It bridged together enders game and speaker for the dead well and gave you a better insight of how Ender's friends and deeds were perceived right after the formic war.
For me, I did not enjoy the teenage-love-story that takes up most of the narrative for the first half of the book. Perhaps younger readers, especially in their teens, would have the opposite reaction and appreciate the subtle romance, but in the end, it turns out that the sexual tension was purely one-way and there nothing tangible to the whole love plot. Like eating a big, fat steak dinner, only there's no steak.
What I did find interesting were the tid-bits toward the end of the book, that focused on Ender coming to terms with his past and tying up the loose ends with his parents, his brother the Hegemon, Hyrum Graff, and a surprise villain he encounters on the Ganges colony. Ultimately, even that juicy story-thread is cut short and resolved very quickly, leaving this intriquing new villain one-side and lacking any sort of depth or appeal.
Don't get me wrong. There are some fantastic parts of this book, and a good supplemental read if you're a fan of the series. I wouldn't recommend passing it up, but, just be warned that it isn't as engaging as Enders' Game, or as thoughtful as Speaker for the Dead.