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.
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.