Retired but still consulting.
Made this book the first four chapters of the real book about the ant wars. I really thought there must be another download. Then felt like I had wasted a lot of time on this one.
It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I'm a long time SiFi reader-55 years of SiFi from the old masters to new SiFi tech but I never got into the Ender-World. I really didn't enjoy the series offerings in SiFi after reading a couple of long, multi-book SiFi / fantasy books.
That means I came to this book with no sense of need for it to fulfill some unknown 'history' in the Ender-verse. I got to read/listen to this novel and take it on its own not as a prequel to a series I'd already read.
The writing is underwhelming though the narrators tried to salvage what came off as a real YA entry into SiFi. Much was devoted to the romantic longings of a pair of youngsters from the mining ships whose draconian "Marry the woman off no matter what her desires" sounds like it came from pre-feminist authors. Hasn't Card learned that women arent chattel? I found this verging on offensive and having a woman 'Captain' didn't help at all.
Does it lead me to buy the follow up book? Well, reading reviews I saw that both books needed to be taken as a single book so yes-I'm already listening to 'Earth Afire'.
"SPOILER AHEAD" I really hope some character development is shown with one of the 2 remaining characters (a teen from one of the destroyed mining ships and the spoiled son of a mining corporation)END SPOILER
I'll see what happens and then decide on buying the Ender books but for now-I'm unimpressed.
I absolutely loved this story. The characters, suspense, storyline - everything. I have not read the Enders series. I have only seen the movie, but it got me interested enough to look into the books and I found this prequel series. I'm so glad!
I don't really like all the different readers, though. I don't know why it annoyed me but it did. The story was good enough for me to overlook that annoyance though!
Really enjoy the character development in all of Card's books - he's on point with this one.
Raw emotion. I won't spoil anything, but Card knows how to capture true emotion.
Yes - love Rudnicki and was impressed with the other narrators as well.
Toward the end - Lem's complete confusion at Concepcion's willingness to delete the files.
This is great. I'm a long-time Card fan who had avoided these because they were co-written - realizing my mistake. Take the leap, you'll be glad you did.
the writing stayed very true to what the story demanded. card gives his characters life and personality. he pulls no punch from the reader and keeps the reader interested. very well voice acted.