Orson is masterful at writing so that your mind can put the story together easily. the narrator had enough voices to eliminate the "he said", "she said", etc
The author is a great narrator. His skills as a writer are impressive. His imagination, on the other hand, is severely limited by his worldview.
I had read Scott Card many years ago when I was a teenager. I loved his prose, but I only read one novel by him. More recently I purchased two of his latest books on audible and I listened to them. The first book was a pleasant surprise. As I was listening to the second book, however, I realized that the story followed the same pattern that the previous book. Once you have read Scott Card for a while, you realize that he is basically a great weaver words with no ideas behind. There are two types of characters in his books: those who are loyal, intelligent, decent human beings, and those who are evil, arrogant, and doomed. The good guys always remain good guys, they are already fully grown adults even when children. They have the best qualities a human being can have, and they stick to that. There is no character development. No surprise. Just plain Manichean good vs. evil. All characters follow a type with overall similar patterns. For instance, the good guys are ALWAYS members of tightly knit families. The bad guys are individualistic. After a while, you realize that the good guys basically follow the sort of bonds typical of Mormon families, whereas the bad guys are the outsiders. Scott Card does not need to tell you that the good guys are religious and family oriented, he is smart enough not to say that out loud and he is a brilliant writer who knows how to build that idea through a long and sophisticated narrative. Underlying the complexity of the narrative threads, however, are always the same patterns repeated over and over and over again. At some point, the reader gets tired of cheap narrative tricks with no character development, no unexpected turns, no new ideas, no conceptual understanding of anything. Scott Card has an idea of how the ideal human beings should be, and how they should act in the world to make it a better place. He uses that view to basically filled it up with different characters and slightly different stories. Behind that, there is always the attempt to lead you to the same "morale" behind it. It gets old.
Narrator's were great, imagination makes the characters take shape.
Hearing this part of the story feels like connecting the dots in a massive puzzle I started a decade ago.
I am really enjoying the Formic Wars series. This one is no exception. Great plot and a believable story. The characters are memorable. I would love to see this turned into a movie.
Great character development, excellent story telling couldn't stop listening. Story picks up right after Earth Unaware so it's not a stand alone book rather just a way to not have one really long book. As much as I loved it I wasn't that big on the Lem's feud with his father story line. Also it didn't seem quite right that such an advanced alien race would resort to manually walking around spraying things rather than some sort of large scale planetary solution.
Yes. I love Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. In this book however nothing much happens, maybe character development?, but what is it with changing narrators for the characters in the middle of the story and then going back again? Particularly from male to female? Did someone's sister need a job? Very annoying. Will buy the next book because I am hooked and you probably need to read this one to stay abreast of the story but a serious disappointment.
Narration actually pretty good but don't switch back and forth between characters (Vico) it is annoying.
I love the author but this work is just not worth the money. Orson could easily have condensed into the other books.
It's a great story but the author shows that he hasn't reasoned out some of his plot points. I will only go into one, since I wouldn't want to spoil the story for you.
One of the persistent plot points is a strange interference that is blocking out all long range communication in the solar system. No one can send out transmissions past about 100,000 kilometers. One of these includes "laser lines" which for the purpose of the book is a tightly confirmed microwave beam. The interference some how is stopping the radio waves from propagating. That's fine, but what isn't explained is why no one bothers using a real optical laser for transmission. Clearly visible light propagation isn't a problem, the characters can clearly see stars and planets much farther than 100,000k, so who not send your communication on a beam of laser light? If you can see earth, then earth can see you, so light would have done the trick.
It's a small problem that doesn't really detract from the plot, but it still shows a certain lack of forethought on behalf of the author. you'll probably find more as you read, but I'll let you figure those out for yourself.