Card successfully uses his tried-and-true recipe from enders game characters to create another set of youthful characters.
Card takes the subject of time travel merges it with science fiction space travel and uses the fantasy world themes with an excellent mix.
I found the use of multiple narrators not a hindrance but an excellent tool for showing the different characters internal voices.
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This was a pretty good book. If you have read OSC before and like how he develops characters and plot then I think you will find this book being a typical Card book. Easy read and I only found a couple of difficult spots which I will touch on below after the spoiler warning. I know this is the first of a trilogy and overall I though the pacing was good but the ending was a little jarring for me. I will be reading the next one soon if not next.
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Ok. I found the back story of colonization and the mishap through time pretty cool. I assume it was intended that the reader figure it out pretty quickly but it was still interesting and I looked forward to that part of the story at the beginning of every chapter.
I did find some of the time jumping difficult to follow once or twice and I am still not sure why the kids had the capabilities they had. I hope to figure it out better in the next book.
This story has tons of heart.....great listen
Rig was the heart of the book and he really is soul searching his way thru
All were done excellent
I really liked the expendables and how they told the story of Ram.
The conversations between the characters throughout the book felt forced and not genuine. Most of the time when a story talks about how a character feels I can understand why a character feels that way based on the way they talk and act. In this story I constantly felt confused when the emotions etc of the characters were described and I couldn't understand why they felt that way and so it didn't draw me in as it should. For example, the story would say that a particular character said something and was angry, but as the reader I would wonder why the person is angry and it would never be explained not even through the context of what was happening.
Ender's Game. Orson Scott Card does some things really well, and that is make his characters seem really smart. I was reminded of Ender and Bean.
There are 3 narrators in this recording. The first one is brilliant. Honestly I was really enjoying the narration and story until about a 1/3 of the way through the book the narrator changed... The 2nd and 3rd narrator were both terrible compared to the first and had pretty annoying voices. They were trying to do children's voices so I don't blame them that much, but I would have much preferred if this story had just stuck with the first narrator the entire time.
Yes. The story is definitely there.
The storytelling is lackluster at times... and the narration of the 2nd and 3rd narrator is pretty bad.. BUT The world is interesting. Many of the characters are great.. and I think the story holds together overall. Its worth a look into, I mainly recommend it just because I think the series will turn out much better than this individual book.
For those of you who have children or have spent any time around them this will define the book for you.
This book is reminds me of two children having the same arguments day after day about the same things. You get to the point where you can just zone out and come back to it at any point and still know whats going to happen next. Thank you Audible for the 2.5x speed setting!
Huck Finn in the Future
Finding good caring people like Loaf.
The performance lost continuity as different performers read different parts. I couldn't see a story based reason for the change in voices.
There are tons of comments about the multiple narrators. I too found it jarring and odd. What's going on is that each chapter is told from the perspective of a specific character, and a different narrator is used to highlight who's perspective a given chapter is being told from.
I think it becomes much more obvious that this is what's going on when you hear the second book.
Seems like OSC may be lossing his touch, the characters are constantly explaining their abilities and the theories that make them a reality, my first OSC read was Songmaster and I think is was his best work.
I liked the beginning of this book, but it became apparent within an hour that it is written from the perspective of the youngster protagonist. Early in the book he manages to intimidate his elders by demonstrating skills and knowledge that are very unlikely to be held by one so young. This unrealistic situation undoubtedly appeals to younger readers, but I like a bit more realism in my fantasy.
I can suspend disbelief enough to accept the superpowers in stories like these, but I do expect the people to act and react in rational ways. This isn't the case with this book. I gave up after about an hour.
Still, I expect that younger readers would very much enjoy this book, hence three stars.