The book started a bit slow but then the story unfolds and you are on an awesome journey. Great Card's work!
Won't say the book is bad, just geared more for a younger person i.e. teen and I'm far past that unfortunately. Didn't find it 'hang on to your seat' type of listen/book, just thought there would be more excitement. Oh well. Will continue to listen to the second book "The Ruins" simply because I want to find out if they ever found what it was they were looking for. LOL
Much more enjoyable than the Ender series, despite the fact that I'd give Ender's Game 5 stars. Ender was best as a standalone. This one.. well, I dont know yet. But the handling of time effects and so on, while not particularly scientific, are very interesting to read. And the characters are interesting, slowly gaining depth throughout.
Except the sister. She just appears mid-book and dives right in... I felt that she was not given enough time and attention as a main character.
Likely to save time during production the narration of the story switches between multiple artists. While the majority of the listen was fine, the abrupt changes lead to distracting discontinuities between character voices. Instead of all the characters being done with different voices the switches were by part and at least one of the narrators was very bad. Luckily his part was small.
No. I love audio books but this was ridiculous. I've heard audiobooks where multiple people narrated for different voices. but each person narrated the same person at one point or another.
The closest I can think of right now is Bourne Identity. At the story's start both main characters have skill sets that they believe they shouldn't have and are sent on a journey to discover more about their own history.I believe the storytelling method to be similar to Ender's game though. I believe that Orson Scott Card likes to tell two stories at once so it will switch between multiple main storylines.
Which one? There was one point at which I thought the current narrator was trying to portray a character as a vampire.
I did, but if I was to listen to another book that jumps narrators I'd step away each time the narrator changes so I don't get confused when the character voices change.
This book started out intriguing. I was excited to listen to it. Now I have come towards the end of the book to Loaf's point of view. This new narrator is extremely annoying and overly dramatic. I am having a hard time finishing the book because of this.
I enjoyed everything so far with the exception of the narrator reading Loaf's point of view. He is overly dramatic, pauses at the wrong spots, and speed reads through others.
As I'm listening to the book, and I'm not even half-way thru I'm thinking of the review I'm going to leave. I listen to escape, but the story was so pompous and full of itself in playing out every single time travel conundrum and EXPLAINING IT over and over, at a (no joke) snails pace, it's like watching ants build a sand pile. I felt trapped in my car.
I will not be listening to the next book in the series.
Don't switch narrators in the middle of the story! Not Brilliant, Brilliance Audio.
The Innkeeper and his wife really didn't need so much screen time.
Editor where art thou? Story could have been told in 5 hours. If there's an abridged version, get it.
For people who like Sci Fi and Orson Scott Card, this one isn't too bad. I'll probably continue the series for the simple avoidance of the nagging I would experience by not knowing what has happened to these characters.
However I started this book for one reason alone, Scott Brick. And it took over ten hours to get to him and I have a sneaky suspicion that it's going to be a short visit.
Would I recommend this book? Only if you like the author and the genre. People just starting out? Read Ender's Game first. Better to wade into the water vs throwing yourself into the deep end.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
This is a good book but not for everyone, its a fun book but it does take a great deal of concentration and patience. This is a warning from the past and I only had enough time to write this limited review. Good luck
While I was reading this book I kept thinking that Card had made another great series. His character development and story creation are as good as it always has been. I've read a couple of his other series and have enjoyed reading all of them. However, As I progress through the multitude of books he's written I get the impression that he really does not like humans as a species. In this series as in others it seems as if the only good people in his books are the main characters, everyone else is only out for themselves. There is not a single character in the story, aside from the main characters that could possibly be considered a good person.
Another thing I've noticed about Card's stories is his desire to have kids be the main characters. While in general I like this and it is always fun to watch as they continuously out-think the antagonists, it gets a bit repetitive. His protagonists are never truly in any danger they always have thought one step ahead and know exactly what to do to fix everything immediately.
Also his thing with children gets a bit illogical, children are not smarter than adults in the real world and having them be in Card's takes away from the realism of his stories. In their heads the readers know that, in the real world, it would be the adults who are in charge rather than the children despite whatever gifts the children might have.
In general however, all the problems I've mentioned have been ones that I only notice after the book was done, while I was reading I enjoyed all the different aspects of the book and liked how much detail he went into in terms of the paradoxes involved in time-travel. Card is clearly a very good writer who can create worlds that no one else has thought of.