This book on audio was a slow paced, teen melodrama. A bug-hunt set in space with maudlin ethnic characters, heavy-handed political correctness, and poorly-researched science. I laughed a lot at the idiotic characterizations and artificial plot-thickeners --- reminded me of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Card is by no means my favorite writer, but I am buying the second book to see just how many hilariously moronic plot twists Card can play.
The performers did the best they could with the poorly-written text, but their reading speed was too slow, so I played them at 2x normal speed.
It was action-packed, albeit with meaningless action, and it developed the adolescent and pre-adolescent characters fairly well -- probably because Card identifies best with that age group. The cartoonishly stereotyped characters who rattled around inside a childishly simplistic plot helped me to fall fast asleep on the train or at bedtime.
I've listened to far more engaging stories. For me, some of the characters seemed flawed, while others seemed interesting, but their interaction in the storyline was too brief. I may purchase the next in the series, but perhaps not. The last couple chapters pulled me in better than the first 80% of the book.
I enjoyed the family interactions of the free miners. I found some of the characterizations of corporate types too shallow for most of the book.
I'm afraid much of the dialog would seem very trite if I had started reading the book. The actors did a good job in putting meaning into sometimes weak dialog.
The last chapter pulled me in more than the rest of the book. I enjoyed seeing the family relationships of the free miners, but it didn't draw me in like I hoped it would. I was impressed by Vico's relationships and outlook on life.
Avid reader and listener. Business owner, Father, traveler. Over-educated medical professional.
Engrossing. Surprising. Dramatic.
A mixture of Xenocide and Shadow in Flight. The way the story is laid out, the dialogue, as well as the ship.
Captain Wit. And Lem.
DEFINITELY a good start to a series.
Can absolutely see it as as a movie. OR a series like firefly.
Some of Card's best work. Love the full cast plays with sound effects. Somehow more real and memorable than a movie.
A long book with a lot of good parts.
Top shelf narration
Solders sacrificing themselves for their buddies and the mission.
The book just kind of ended. There should be another book between this one and Ender's Game.
Audio books have renewed my love of reading. Now I can enjoy a good book while doing other things. I don't feel like I'm wasting my time.
One of the best.
I've been working my way through the Ender series, starting at Ender's Game and moving forward. After finishing all the Bean tales, I figured I'd jump back and listen to these later written books but come before chronologically before Ender's Game. I was pleasantly surprised. Why the later books in the Ender series get kind of slow, this book was fast and exciting all the way through. I never got board. It was a very fun read, and a wonderful first half of a story.
The only issue I had with this book is that it's really just the first half of a book. It's not that it's short of feels rushed, it's just that the story basically stops. You can't just read this single book and fully enjoy it. You have to continue in the series. That's fine with me, because I intend to read them all. But, a buyer should be aware. You can't just buy this one book, you have to read the entire Earth Unaware series to really appreciate the story.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
We have spotted an alien ship, but that is all I got to say about that.
Let's talk about future hero Mazer, but first lets talk and talk and talk about victor. When Victor talks and talks let's use the worse narrator we can find. Another reviewer said is voice was sardonic, I agree. It sounded to me the way someone sounds when they are patronizing someone.
Card USED to be my favorite author, then we hit the 21st century and Wha Wha What? Had these authors devoted more time to Mazer or exploring the Alien ship, this could have been a great book, but they wanted to write a trilogy, so they came up with Victor to fill in the spaces.
Rudnicki is a great narrator, but lately he has been producing and the job is over his head. I am not sure which narrator does Victor, but he is awful and Victor takes up most of the book. This guy went to the Scott Brick school of over acting. He is painful to listen to and if Rudnicki can not spot talent or lack of talent in other narrators, he needs to quit producing.
I agree with the other reviews. This series is a must read for Ender fans, but it stands on its own as darn good storytelling. I have read the second book in the series also, and each book ends with a cliffhanger. No fair -- I'm hooked anyway. Excellent narrators, fast paced, action packed. Can't wait 'til the next one.
This story combines family, fiction, and real human nature all in one book. Card's descriptions of places and events are vivid and life like. I can almost see my self there.
Segundo's fight to the end against the ormigas in space.
I rank it five for five, so it is among my favorites.
I liked the descriptions of life in the solar system prior to the advances discovered from the Formics.
When the mother ship was first attacked.
I liked discovering the origin of Mazer and the Doctor weapon.
Say something about yourself!
I let this book sit in my cart for almost 2 weeks before I finally decided to buy it. I wasn't sure if I could get around an Ender book with a totally different cast. I was very wrong. It has its fair share of action, a little romance and taboo and corporate scandal with some aliens thorwn in for good measure. The most enjoyable part was everything. I also find a few small but important parallels between Lem and Peter, who was my favorite character from the Ender and Shadow sagas. The entire cast gave wonderful performances.