As an adult fan who's read Ender's stories since the 80's, I really loved this book that fills in the gap between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. The psycological warfare amongst Ender's friends and enimies was especially interesting. Some of the story lines felt drawn out at times, but they were well-written. The readers were good but they are not young; I would have enjoyed it much more if they included children in their large cast of readers. Don't miss the piece at the end read by Orson himself, especially if you feel there are discrepancies between this story and the orignals -- he explains it all.
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For fans of the series, it is fairly good. I would have to say that this got me to get and listen to the rest of the series.
Narration is wonderful.
I really liked the book, I thought a long time ago that maybe the author was just looking to cash in just a little more on the popularity of the series, but I the book added to the overall story and was in and of itself very good.
This really did fill in the empty space in the Ender series. Well written and very easy to put into the pocket of time that the Ender series and Shadow series fall into.
A great narration team failed to rescue this one. I appreciate that this team was held together to get all books in the series done, well done Audible.
This was meant to be a warp up for the Bean series and a fill in between Ender's Game & Speaker For The Dead...aparently everything needed wrapping up quickly & without substance and the was nothing of genuine note between the 2 novels.
As a huge fan of both the Ender & Bean series I was looking forward to the possibilities of how the two stories could be brought together,but so many opportunities were wasted, so many fantastic characters available and this book read like a seires of notes and scribbles that were later to be expanded upon into a novel.
The 1st 1/2 of the book was a reptetive retelling of details that were defined at length in other books and now were again detailed at length with no real addition to the story.
None of the new characters in this book were given the chance to be as interesting as most others in either of the series, I felt nothing for the people in the starship part of the book and 10 time less for those on the planet.
Sure everything was wrapped up... but wrapped up in a "cliff notes" fashion, Enders Nemesis Achille Jnr. was a Shadow of anything he had faced before and was just not convincing(in terms of ability and achievements) to be a worthy nemesis. Anything mentioned about his efforts, means and reasoning felt like "Cliff Notes" that had previously been used sparingly at the start or finish of a novel as wrap ups or explanations of situations facing the characters. Now they were used for everything.
A real poor effort on behalf of the author who seemed more interested in researching & correcting the time and event discrepencies of the other novels than writing a fitting conclusion, I genuinely expected more...
GREAT BOOK! I have read all the Ender books and I have to say that this book is the best one since Ender's game. I like it even MORE than Speaker for the Dead.
The latter books in the series just dragged on and on and on and I have to admit that it was a chore to get through Children of the Mind. I was afraid that this book would be the same but I went ahead and got it anyway and I am glad I did.
The characters in this book are so believable and landing on Shakespeare Colony has to be one of the greatest moments in this series! This book made me love and respect Ender more than any of them.
Kudos to Orson Scott Card.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It ties up some loose ends and it was a fun listen which I guess is reason enough to buy it if you are already familiar with the first book, Ender's Game. But as a stand alone novel I found the themes repetitious and the plot weaker than I expected from this gifted writer. Overall, worth a credit but 4 stars instead of 5.
This is a most worthy sequel to Ender's Game, and probably is one of the best science fiction books in science fiction history. It is fantastic story.
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.