Classic back story to the classic Ender series.
The narration is phenomenal.
I listen to books as I commute, I spent many minutes in my driveway before I could turn off my radio.
As with the entire Ender series, the voice work has been amazing. I will listen to the other books for their work alone.
The story however, I found lacking in much substance and has the feel of a trilogy that is so, only to sell more books, not because there is three books worth of story.
Is it worth it... maybe if its on sale.
I am so glad I stumbled onto Orsen Scott Card. I started with Enders Game and went chronologically through to Children of the Mind. Xenocide was my favorite so far (from a physics perspective) but this one was the most exciting. Can't wait to start the next one!
This book was not what I expected after reading all of the Ender and Shadow series by Orson Scott Card. In fact, this seems like a completely different writer who has no flair for entertaining an audience. I'm not sure if Orson Scott Card has lost his touch or if this new set of prequel books is simply a cash grab. The book just was not enjoyable. It was very very boring. You spend most of the book learning about some miners who float around in space pretty much doing nothing. The craziest part is that Mazer Rackham as a young soldier is introduced and then never really revisited. That was the only interesting part of the book were the combat training missions with Rackham. None of the other characters are memorable and you're never really led to care about any of them except for the case where there's one potential love story that is very quickly quashed and never has a chance to come to fruition. Unfortunately, I've already downloaded the other two prequel books in the series so I guess I'll be listening to those at some point but I'm definitely going to need a break from Card's newest works. It's unfortunate because I'm such a huge fan of the Ender universe and of Card, but I just couldn't bring myself to be entertained by this no matter how hard I tried.
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He rocks scifi writing! Gonna listen all I can from this saga! Book one leaves you on the edge, need book 2 right now!
Read many of the Ender series. This one drags on, and dwells on the personal dimensions of forgettable characters. Found myself skipping sections which is usually a bad sign.
A bit overwrought. Inflection that was almost parabolic.
I have listened to Stefan Rudnicki in the Warrior of Rome series. He does another typical superb performance in this book as do the other narrators.
I was initially a little hesitant about purchasing this book but after listening to this story I am eagerly anticipating the second story in the series.
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The Formic War trilogy, being the final part of the Ender timeline books left for me to read, is going to be held to a higher standard. That being said, first time readers of Card, or sci fi in general, will find plenty to enjoy here.
The voice acting was superb. I thought Lem Jukes was perhaps overdone at times, as was 'Chubs', but Wit O'Toole was spot on (stern, focused and measured) as were most of the voice actors' performances. The story was action packed and avoided painful cliches expected in a 'first contact' story (for example, inexplicable desire to assume peaceful intent; think crowd on top of building in Independence Day), while also adhering to realistic guidelines (such as general disbelief by population en masse with the exception of a thoughtful few).
I would love to know how much of the action comes from Aaron Johnston, simply bc as fans of the Enders Saga know, Card doesn't generally spend much effort on hand to hand, bloody fights as he does on dialogue and thought provoking inner monologue from his subjects.
Overall, very well executed. Refreshing in style, and entertaining.