I've just finished listening to both Ender's Game and Ender in Exile.
I highly recommend both.
I read EG when it first came out. It was brilliant then and, surprising me completely, even better as a spoken story. I tend to read quickly when I'm caught up in a story. The spoken format lets me catch a lot of detail I'd originally overlooked.
The voice acting was really well done, although Valentine seemed a bit whiney here and there.
I hope Audible.com does a deal on the rest of the Ender-verse stories. I'll gladly double up my library.
I thought "Ender's Game" couldn't be surpassed as one of my all-time favourite books but "Ender in Exile" was just as exceptional. I felt like the first book in the series had simply carried on, uninterrupted and that is a very rare thing.
I loved the character development of Ender, his sister Valentine and their strange relationship & co-dependance. Orson Scott Card's characters are beautifully flawed, which draws you even deeper into their story & you can't help but begin to care about what happens to the people who come and go through Ender's orbit.
My favourite character has to be Valentine. Her dry wit and deep desire to understand her little brother and protect him from himself are things any sibling would recognize in one form or another.
As with "Ender's Game" it was difficult not to listen to "Ender in Exile" in one long session. I listen to my audiobooks mostly on my two hour drives back and forth from work but I found myself throwing in my earbuds to continue the story while working around the house.
I don't ever want to find out there is an end to Andrew Wiggan's story. :)
Since I wasn't doing anything else with my ears at the time, it was indeed 'time well spent.'
Card's story is most gripping when Ender outmaneuvers his foes on the journey to the Shakespeare colony. On the other hand, the first act's exposition and the confrontation with the novel's ultimate antagonist failed to hold my interest.
Several, multiethnic and calm
Yes, IF you enjoy the Ender series.
The third act is quite dull and predictable in comparison to the rest. The juxtaposition of multiple narratives is distracting and feels gimmicky. Characters appear and disappear purely to advance the plot, rather than being the people from which the plot evolves.
1.I like best that I haven't had to read another book in this series like this one...2.I like least the fact that this book actually has a much different and more shallow meaning to this book. Of course this is Orson Scott Card....and he is one of my favorite writers...*tops three* I read a lot. Mostly I believe this was wrote to make up for or capitalize off of the movie. Even the movie itself was off, I believe, even including the fact that having such a young actor make Andrew Wiggens believable is "Impossible". It was just a little too far out of the idea mental genius for me. Most of the book wasn't even about Ender. It wasn't a bad book though. I still liked it for what it was... It just wasn't an Ender's game book imho.
I know that it's almost impossible to make the movie exactly like what you wished, however the book series was SO good... It just wasn't necessary to make this book like this. Don't get me wrong I love you, *if you're reading this, know this* I also had a perfect vision in mind for the movie. However, you didn't have to do this to the book series.
I would like not to really add to this section.... . . . But if I did I would say that this produced a little different idea on what the voices would be. Maybe a little different idea on the phrasing and also the simple fact that it wasn't my own ideas on how everything would be pronounced or experienced. No real complaints though considering, however, the book made me sad in general just because of the book's subject itself.
Yes and no...
Yes,if Mr.Card actually makes a better and more in a line to the original story line. No, if the book is actually not going to be an "addition" to the series....
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
This picks up somewhat after Speaker for the Dead but goes back to serve to tell the story of Ender presumably right after the end of the Formic wars. The book is more about emotion, politics and the evolution of Ender than about battles and child manipulation. It is a richer story and really fleshes out the Ender character a lot more. Really enjoyed it.
Good voice performances throughout as well.
I enjoyed this book.. It has a lot of great material discussing Enders world after the Games..
It grate tie in to speaker of the dead and the after accounts of Enders Game. It has some moments that were drawn out but really gets into how the characters reconnect and grow.
Well some of the subject was changed to fit the book from Enders Game to this as for the age of Ender on the Colony when he found the Hive queen. Just a few subtle changes..
Parts of it did. I found some areas funny and some very interesting..
Very worth the time..Must read after Enders Game
Listening to Ender in Exile was a pure enjoyment as we begin to see Andrew emerge. The things left unsaid until the story requires that the plot was far more complicated than it first appears. What fun to see the back story appear with such clear and final end to such posers as Morgan and Dorabella. Just that one portion would be reason enough to re read this book.
My favorite overall is Ender but I more than enjoyed Graff's development. To be able to "see" who he has become and being fallible is touching. Andrew's parents in this installment are my favorites. Children beware parents may be more than you realize.;)
This book made me both laugh and cry.
Great Sci-fi. Describes the aftermath of "Ender's Game" from Andrew "Ender" Wiggin's perspective. Wrapped in the old story: soldier finishes his duty and goes home...but Ender can't go home, so what does he do? Having read some of the pre/sequels, I can begin to see the author setting up future events that approach Ender's concern with genocide question of "Ender's Game." Additionally, this book seems to resolve some issues with Bean's life. Fascinating and twisty, can't wait for my next download/listen.
It's a Communication Thing
In this book is the authors fills in some of the gaps while Ender progresses towards the Speaker for the Dead segment in the series. I have not listened to speaker for the dead yet and am looking forward to it. I had only listened to the first book in the Enders Shadow series and this book threw in a few spoilers for future books in that series. Nothing big but it will take a few of the suppresses out. I am now going back to listen to the rest of the Enders Shadow series before I move on to Speaker for the Dead.
Ender really grows up in this book, and so does Graff. There were other stand out characters as well but I don't want to give anything up.
The performance of this book was well done. The diverse cast made it easy to follow the character separation.
This book really opens up the character of ender as he matures.
The varying narrators made it quite fun to listen to.