Say something about yourself!
I waited for this book to come out and was extremely interested in where it would go. It did not dissapoint, there is a serious adventure in this book. The book started right where the previous book left off, so there is no catching up to do, unless you need a refresher from the old book.
My biggest complaint for the book is that the last hour left me confused. I don't want to give anything away, but it left me thinking I missed something and a lot of "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!"
There is a lot of time traveling in this book and it can get a little confusing at times. So don't zone out for part of it or you may miss important details.
Narrators were all spot on. No complaints from me!
I think i enjoyed the story of the first book better. There was too much focus on the characters, which normally would be fine but there wasn't much variation of drama besides lots of bickering between themselves. The story line was meh.. the conundrums with time were interesting and Card did try new things with how he portrayed time with the different characters.. But in my opinion it just skewed somewhere in the middle and the storyline went from one extreme to another.. greatly reducing a happy ending where the characters are "whole" unless he does something weird..
Also Card likes to rehash a lot of his characters and plots from his earlier books, Umbo
s character resembles Bean while Rigg.. you guessed it Ender.. and then *SPOILER ALERT* sometime near the end it becomes similar to what happened to Lanik Mueller in Treason.
The performance was great with this book. There is a big group and the readers do well portraying each voice. Sometimes it was difficult to know who was talking but otherwise very enjoyable.
My favorite part is when they go into the past and meet vadesh for the first time. It filled me with suspense and I was seriously scared they were going to die!
The narrator had a deep relaxing voice and it was easy to listen to and entertaining
The past is history
Fun to listen to. only complaint is the pages of exposition between each sentence of dialogue and the whiny little kids.
Never read the print version
Umbo, he's a very real and relatable character.
Maybe when and if Audible gets the rest of the book
The book just stops in the middle of everything. Very disapointing.
Orson Scott Card is one of my very favorite authors, but this series doesn't leave me quite as awed and exciting me as some of his others. Lots of interesting plot twists tho.
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.
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.