decent story but in my opinion it does not hold up to me expectations. its like all the eder books after children of the mind
ehhhh if your realy into the Ender-verse
I began to feel the theory of diminishing marginal returns with this book. But, then I looked it up. This is #9 in the series of ~ 13 book series that began with Ender's Game.
This one is the story of Bean, one of the kids from battle school, all grown up. No spoilers, here.
I liked the book a lot more when I reflected upon it's meaning. Where is #10
The book closes the chapter on Bean's life, but again leaves the door open for his legacy, his children, to explore a brave new world and shape history for their new race, so the saga must continue....
There was no real eureka moment for me as in previous OSC books, rather a well thought out storyline that tied up loose ends from previous adventures and sets up the landscape for new ones. I liked the legacy angle and look forward to what the offspring might get up to in future.
All of the OSC books are well narrated by the same team, they feel like family by now.
Great way of escaping monotony for two hours of commuting every day.
Be warned, this book is shorter than normal, yet not a short story, but entertaining if you accept it for what it is. Probably more for OSC die hard fans like me.
The story is standard Card excellence, except that it is only half a story. At the end Card himself admits that this was an "experiment" with a new length: half a novel length as an impulse buy. (Too bad we can't spend half a credit)
The result is that just when a typical story is really ramping up for the "best part" this story is winding down to start tying up the loose ends. When I saw there was only an hour left on my iPhone I went to download part 2 - only to discover there was no part 2. So this is a great setup for the next book but a bit light for a stand alone read.
Performance wise two of the readers were great, but the third had such a low voice it sounded like a bad impression. It was so bass filled that it was distracting from the content. Not sure why anyone would think a 5 year old child should be read by such a voice.
It is obvious that Orson Scott Card loves his characters, and what is not to love and respect about Bean? He grew up as a feral child and without his own abilities and the love of a few he would have died as an infant. While I loved Enders Game and the subsequent books in that series Enders Shadow was equal in the quality of story telling and the quality of the characters. Bean, Petra, Peter, and the others of Ender's tribe that are portrayed in the Shadow series are complex and interesting people. There is not always a happy ending,
no spoiler here with this book by the way. Ender has his struggles as does Bean, but this is life. I liked this book, it continued the story, a little short for sure. I love nothing more than a good 20 hour audible listen ! and I have bought enough of Card's books to realize that he is as prolific as they get. I think it is a combination of his obvious bottomless well of story's to tell mixed with some business. lets not forget Orson Scott Card's forerunners like Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein and the like cranked out some short books and some of dubious quality to pay the mortgage. So I took this as it was, a nice continuation of the Bean saga with interesting characters, a good solid story that lives in and expands the Ender universe. I will certainly buy the next book in this series which will apparently connect the two threads, that of the Ender's Game story line and the Ender's Shadow..
So, I first I thought Scott Card had run out of characters, Bean's kids seem to be Ender, Peter and Valentina all over again, but in the end they developed personalities of their own and then it was interesting.
Other than that, it is good to know what happened to Bean, because we love Bean, right? And like all Scott Card books this one is very worth reading.
The Performers for Scotts works are always stellar. I never get lost.
Yes. Overall I enjoy Scotts books and have listened to all the Endervers except for the prequel with another writer.
All these people are top notch and I get comfort listening to their voices on the road.
I was disappointed that Scott admitted in interviews that the book was shortened to get into multiple publications for the almighty dollar. It seemed a bit weak. But I would not have failed to listen. In earlier statements this book was supposed to tie together all the other story lines and I don't feel it did, at least to my satisfaction. I do hope he continues the story line.
Oh most certainly yes!
I'd like to avoid spoilers but the end kinda left thinking "oh, ok and now we continue on" only to suddenly have Mr. Card telling his afterward.
again.. this just seems to be asking for spoilers!
I think it was a great story and a must read for fans of the series, but even the author pointed out it was a short book in the afterward and that his goal was to make a short book to make it more affordable. Unfortunately, 1 credit is one credit and I probably should have just read physical book for this one.
I like sci-fi and fantasy as well as an occasional good mystery.
I would recommend this to all who have been waiting for a "conclusion" to Bean's story.
It was an interesting concept. I do not want to ruin the plot for anyone. It had me wanting to listen continuously.
This is on par with all other books produced by Blackstone Audio. I haven't heard one of their narrators I did not like.
Definitely... and with this book length I could.
I wish it was a full novel.
According to the author in the prolog of this book states the next book will solve all the problems. What caused the descolata? Who was behind this? Originally this book was supposed to answer this questions. However, when one gets less book for the same amount those promises are left for another day. Maybe another half book.
This book is about half the length of the average audiobook. The author clearly states he is looking for the best price point. In a bookstore one can see it is getting half a book, downloading it from Audible until you might not look at the length.
It is good material but I disliked the author's motive - to find a price point. To translate how much would one pay for a "baby" book? I guess I will live without every knowing the answers to the questions I listed in the first paragraph. I live without paying full price for a "mini" book.
Didn't answer questions it promised to answer.
I would add a bunch more.