I am absolutely sure that the audiobook version is the better then the print. Orson wrote his books to be read aloud.
The inventiveness of the world he created is second to none.
Yes. The multiple narrators of this quality increase the enjoyment of the work.
The ending was weak and unsatisfying. I think this reflects an overall superficiality in some parts of the book.
OSC's nack for capturing key emotions remains in tact. A few scenes really grabbed me, but compared with Speaker for the Dead or even a few of the Ender Series, this is weak.
When compared with, for example, the depth of thought and development that occurred in the Ender Series sequels, this book is superficial. It's almost like he outlined the series with some great ideas, but for some reason (probably the press of having to publish), he can't develop the details to the extent he did in earlier series.
Well, after waiting a year and a half for this book, I have to say it both meets my expectations and falls short in a few areas. It is definitely a different book than Pathfinder. Whereas the first book reads much like a fantasy story at first, where you know next to nothing about the world, this book is all about answers, or at least figuring them out. Almost everything we learned in the first book gets challenged or turned on its head. This book keeps you in fascination at the layers and layers of truth and mystery and history revealed, while being a time travel romp across many more lands than we saw in Pathfinder. The book ends well too, with a gripping end scene and a good setup for the end.
Like other reviewers though, I felt that there was a bit too much distrust in the characters this time. It's funny because I didn't really see that developing in the first book. I feel almost as though the author needed to beef up the book's size and so he put in tons and tons of inner thoughts and doubts in the characters. I also found a lot of similarities between this series and the Ender series because of that. Rigg has many personality similarities to Ender, and even the plot reuses a lot of themes from Speaker for the Dead, such as concepts of impending planetary destruction, genocide and the price of winning. Maybe it's just because I listened to it recently too, but I felt a lot of the common Card themes come back into play here.
Overall I enjoyed this book and this series as much as I have the Ender series, and I can't wait for the conclusion of the story.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
So I couldn't wait for this book, but it is just a complicated and knotted segway to the next book which isn't available... in which more and more trips forward and back cause more and more complications with time travel. You'd need a diagram to remember who went where, when in time and why... and the constant discussions of why we should go where and how to undo what they have done by going back in the first place. i.e. Oops killed wrong guy, let me go back and undo it. At this rate it will be a 10 book series and like another reader... I suggest you wait til the book 3 is out before reading this one or you will need to re-read this one prior to reading that one, unless of course you can time travel back to the prior reading taking a copy of book 3... which will save OSC a lot of writing time if your paths cross and you deliver it to him, so he can begin on book 4. P.S. read Treason, his first novel and a divided world... complete in one book.
I knew from the about half way through the book that I wasn't going to be happy with lack of resolution with this book, and considered stopping then to wait for book 3 to come out. I'm certainly going to recommend to my kids that they wait for book 3 to be available before starting the series, as there are just too many annoying open items and it is frustrating to wait a year or two to try to remember them and pick up and continue.
Read like a Young Adult novel, certainly appropriate for family listening if you don't mind poo jokes.
Yes. It has very well developed characters, crisis, world, and logic.
The abrupt ending was unexpected and irritating.
I liked the variety of performances each narrator contributed for each character- Stefan Rudnicki deserves special praise for the accuracy, precision, and variety of his performance.
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I am most certainly a fan of OSC and this 2 book series is typical OSC. They capture you with his imaginative well defined characters and a storyline filled with extraordinary human powers, time travel and futuristic planetary colonization. Two thumps up!! On to my next OSC adventure....
The pace of the story and the unpredictability of the story
The obvious answer is Pathfinder but the 2 books are in a class of their own.
Rudnikki Is my favorite reader and having 2 others really pulls the stories together.
I haven't read the Print Version so I cannot compare.
The Time Traveller's Wife. It has the same Time Paradoxes and twists and turns. You really have to keep your mind on the action to stay with the story.
Telling the story from the various characters' viewpoints was quite excellent. I gave one an understanding of the motives and needs of each one.
I can't say that any particular passage in the book moved me, except maybe the frustration with the end, in that it didn't 'end' and therefore I am assuming there will be a sequel.
Overall, the intrigue aroused by the time paradoxes really kept the mind on the edge of reality. A truly enjoyable book excepting for the end, which I trust will mean a sequel is in the making.
This series is just fantastic. The second book is a nice sequel to the first, and the story keeps getting more involved and even more unique.
With most OSC series, things get a bit overwrought in the end, and I can see the seeds for that being planted even now while I'm enjoying practically every word. Only time will tell if the follow-up books get tedious.
But for now, the magic is unique, the characters continue to develop, and the plot thickens. I would like to do nothing more than sit and listen to this stuff for hours on end.