I listen while i work. So i have 8 hrs a day :)
I must warn you, this review will be biased. I am a huge OSC fan. That being said I loved this book. Just as much as I loved the last one. There are a few things i didn't like about it but i will get to that in a bit. First and foremost this book is going to leave you wanting more. When it ends you're going to say what i said, "NO." I don't like the idea of spoilers so i wont be giving much away. I will merely say this is a definitely a book worth reading. The questions from Pathfinder finally get somewhat of an answer.
My biggest critique is that due to what happens in the story figuring out what is true and what was merely presented as truth can become a bit taxing. But I think the rapid changes to theories leads to a rather exciting story.
The performance is great at time. Stefan Rudnicki is great, but when the story switches over to Umbo's or Params point of view it leaves you longing to be back in Rigs perspective. Not to mention the development of Param's character take someone what of a snobby turn. This leads you to almost hate her point of view, team this with Umbo's whining and you hope that Rig is the only person who speaks to you the rest of the time.
Though i dislike them, Isn't that the sign of a good book? I couldn't merely right the characters off I was engaged and wanted to hate them or like them. OSC does a good job of bringing out that emotion.
all in all it's worth a credit. :)
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Everything. Classic Rudnicki
The book is great, but like many an OSC book in a series, there is absolutely no way you could follow this one and have a complete understanding of the story without reading the first book. As a reader, I get the distinct impression that OSC writes the story first, and then chops them up into separate books to make them more easily digestible. This one is no different; it begins as if you just sat the first book down to grab a drink and you're picking up where you left off. It's is great, but I I highly recommend listening to the the first book,or at least the last few chapters, to get a sense of the story first. It took me a while to remember all the details.At any rate, still great. Waiting for the next Mithermages series installment!
I am a big fan of OSC. He comes up with lots of interesting ideas. But sometimes his characters talk too much. Listening to the adolescents bicker over and over and over was difficult to get through. I'm going to listen to the next book just because I'm intrigued by the ideas and want to see where he takes them. But I do wish he'd spend more time polishing the dialogue.
How long will you make me wait for the last installment Orson Scott Card? I t really has been a long time!
Not a book to read a second time but interesting the first time around.
Like the other books I have heard from OSC there is adventure, a flavor of the environment, much detail regarding each character. I felt there was too much review as OSC explains the thought process of each character at multiple places in the story.
I guess OSC was in a rush or too busy when he wrote this one. I think I will return it as the ended in midsentence, of course one I return it I cannot review it so I am getting my review in now, save yourself the time and stay away from this one.
I ended up reading this because I had already gotten through the first book and really wanted to find out more about what happened. I have very mixed feelings about this book because I really did enjoy the plot twists and sci-fi elements of it. However, there was so much time wasted on “character development,” a.k.a. the young people are immature and insecure except for Rigg who is unassailably perfect. I was left feeling, “eh… I might read the next one if I have nothing else to read,” but I certainly would not reread it.
To a point. The premise of the story was good - Rigg and his companions cross through different wallfolds trying to learn about them and how to save the world. However, there was so much arguing and endless bickering among the characters as well as endless philosophizing and conjecturing that I found myself yelling at the narrator to just shut up and get on with it!
The author needed to do some serious editing. I felt like a like a lot of the story was simply filler, buying him time to figure out what the characters should do next. Page after page of bickering does not make a good story. Page after page of listing to whining, self-absorbed characters did not inspire me to read further. Nor did I need endless "what ifs" as characters pondered one weighty theory after another.
I would have preferred a single narrator. The woman who read Param's point of view and the man that read Umbo's were more animated and more interesting than the narrator who read Rigg's point of view, who sometimes was dead-pan to the point of being monotone.
Throw my iPod across the room.
The Pathfinder was an interesting book and I truly hoped Ruins would be as good. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There were just enough interesting events to keep me going but more than once I considered giving up. It just got so boring and frustrating at times. If I had been actually reading this, I could have perhaps skipped over all the incredibly tedious parts of this book but with the audio version, that was impossible. I will read the next one in the hopes that it is more like Pathfinder and less like the pedantic Ruins.
There's a lot of repetition in the book. Most chapters seem to have constant recaps of information you've already taken in. Not sure if that was a purposeful part of the writing process or just filler. The repetition really distracted me from the flow of the book. Initially I liked the process of exploring other character's perspectives on the situation but it quickly got old.
Tentatively. The concept doesn't his a broad audience, but those who like the genre would like the story.
The different narrators add a lot to shifting the perspective of the book, but there's definitely a difference in quality between the three of them.
The overall story is good, and i'm invested in finding out what happens. This is more of a if there's nothing else to read book for me.
I really enjoyed the book and the whole story line. I can't wait for Book 3! My problem with this audiobook is the fact they used different narrators for each chapter. I'd just get use to one reader and hearing the characters, then they'd change to another narrator for the next chapter. For me, this took some getting use to and I question why?