I have read many of Orson Scott Cards books and all of the shadow series. I am used to a fairly consistent level of detail in the stories but I felt like this one was an outlier. At the end of the book Orson talks about the shorter format and states it was somewhat of an experiment to see if a story could fit into a cheaper book but I would say the results are negative.
It was difficult to connect with the story in such a short time frame and I am quite certain that it could have been a meaningful book had it been developed deeply.
Really enjoyable story and character development, however, It was too short. The author was going for a short novel format in this story (he says so in the epilogue). Part of me feels like I am being greedy. I wanted more since it was so good and it leaves too many questions The other part of me feels that this story could have been one of the greatest novels in both the Ender and Bean series if it continued to develop more of the story.
I am a cheerful person. I am plagued by nightmares, so I don't want to read books about scary and violent plots. I like wholesome books.
Yes, I really enjoyed the story. The character do a lot of growing. I felt like I grew along with them.
There is a whole lot of excellent dialogue. I enjoyed that.
Another book that has lots of above average dialogue is "My Family and other Animals" by Durrell, Gerald, but "My Family..." is a delightful comedy. I guess some of the bantering is similar to Shadows in Flight. Shadows... is almost a tragedy throughout.
I am grateful for the way it ended.
I love the other Ender books and Shadow books but this one I could have done without. I think we need to find out what happens to Bean and his children but this wasn't satisfying. What bothered me most was the hive queen on the Formix arc is dead; this makes no sense from what we know from other books. The hive queens don't die because other hive queens die; that's why they all gathered on one planet in Ender's Game. So why did this hive queen die??? And the thing with the male drones.....they aren't in any other book and they seem to really have no purpose, don't like them either. I don't recommend this book.
The story build up was great. But its only half a book. WIsh it wasn't full price.
Yes, but not audible. Paying full price for half a book is meh.
Great voice actors. Listening to the whole story and the acting is wonderful
Yes, is so far in that its only half the listening price.
Great short story!
The story is full of nonsensical babble and a lack of excitement. I found it terribly difficult to relate to any of the characters. This was a surprise because the "Shadow" series has been my favorite of the Ender Universe. I found Bean to be the most diverse and unpredictable of Card's characters which made for such excellent story telling. This book lacks all the redeeming qualities of its predecessors and leaves you bored throughout its entirety. I was about ¾ through the book when I finally called it quits and decided to stop wasting my time. I recommend you leave this one alone..
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
Hello. I am a fan of fantasy books but I often delve into the scifi genre, especially when Orseon Scott Card is the author. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and the sequels involving Ender and Valentine. I stayed away from the other books involving Peter the Hegemon and Bean because they didn't involve Ender, at least not directly. Boy, was I wrong to do so. I sampled the free preview for this book and found myself wanting to know more. I really enjoyed this book and although I wish it had ended differently (I won't say how because I don't reveal spoilers) butI'm hoping in the future Mr Card will continue on with this story line. It is not Ender but it is enjoyable in its own right. The characters pull you in and as always, the author's writing style keeps you reading. Often I plan on spending maybe 30 miuntes but end up putting it down 2 hours later. Card's talent shines throughout this book.
If you like Ender and his "universe", you will enjoy this book. One thing I think I should add.....I didn't read the previous (I think it was 3) books in this series and I didn't feel I missed out on anything in this book because of it. Sure, I would have known more of the back story if I had read the earlier books and sometime I will go back and read them because as the Title above states, I didn't realize I liked Bean this much.
I've read most of orson scott card's work,
While I have enjoyed his stories this and ender in exile seem to be greater delivery devices for his right wing conservative view points and at times I felt like he was getting a bit preachy. Additionally this in particular felt a bit rushed towards the end and the use of plastid control of gene expression felt a bit deus ex machina, in part because it felt like card din't really get it himself so he hashed it in to solve a plot problem without actually making the effort to integrate anything into the story.