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Kevin

Libertyville, IL, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7838)
    Performance
    (4333)
    Story
    (4386)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Good continuation of Ender's story"
    Overall

    I liked much of this book, but at times it seemed to bog down. I understand that this was the original story line around Ender, but Ender's Game was way better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3608)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1832)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Nice finish"
    Overall

    I bumped back up to a 4 star since all the plot lines finished up. It was a bit tidy, IMHO, but I do like a good tidy finish. As with the previous book, the voice actors seem to need to speak with a Chinese immigrant to the US halting accent, which I thought was just stupid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4608)
    Performance
    (2473)
    Story
    (2499)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "I had a much tougher time with this book"
    Overall

    I thought this book really slowed the story down and added quite a great deal around characters that should have been short side plots. I thought it was really annoying how the voice actors played the characters from Path. Ok, so they were of Chinese decent, but did the voice actors really have to speak as if they were Chinese immigrants in the United States????????? Totally idiotic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21574)
    Performance
    (13041)
    Story
    (13172)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    I liked the character development and the complexity around Ender. I thought that it was going to be something of a kids book, but it was not

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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