it seemed like it was just a "good straightforward book" that you enjoy, but wasn't unpredictable or surprising at all. i enjoyed listening, but it wouldn't make my list of, "hey, you've got to read this!" there's still something missing from this series and i can't put my finger on it.
having said that, i'll definitely listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.
Another I'll keep brief.
I'm enjoying the Ender series, and with the movie coming out soon, I feel that this is a must for anyone that wants to get into the series, or plans to see the movie. I say this because I seriously doubt that a single movie can catch the scope of the first Ender audiobook. It's like that with so many great novels - It's often better read or listened to, to gather the depth and scope of the author's intent.
Mr. Card has once again captured my attention with his wonderful writing, despite the 70s anime' styled narration of a fair portion of this work. Don't get me wrong, anime' has it well-deserved place, but this was so over the top, that it got to be challenging at times to listen. This was SO over the top, that I expected to hear Chim-Chim and Spritle start squeaking and squawking in the background. Sorry, too much like watching Speed Racer at times.
But having declared my dislike for the narrators...
The meat of this work is great, and it really does draw you in, once you get past the narrators. If you're able to get by them, you'll be treated to a sweeping plot, rich and deep direction, and a worthy listen.
I don't DARE put anything here regarding the story, because it's so rife with juicy stuff for you Ender lovers, that I'd destroy the fun of discovery herein. Sorry, but if the roles were reversed, and YOU gave ME spoilers, I'd be upset. If I have to endure the narration, I'd better have a reward waiting for me. Frankly, you do.
So, forgive the Speed Racer narration, and go for the story. You'll be glad you did.
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.