OSC is an excellent writer. I am not looking for high action all the time. Sometimes I just want a good story and Xenocide is a good story. Of course OSC becomes philosophical, that's a large part of what Science Fiction is after all.... Listen to this book to listen to a good story where drama builds and characters are developed. He presents a great moral dilemma and looks at all sides of it. This is a very natural next book after Speaker for the Dead.
OSC sets up a great dilemma that has no seemingly good outcome for anyone. High action? No. Interesting? Yes. Is Ender the boy hero? No (you've read enough reviews to know that already though). Ender here is what we would have expected Ender the boy hero to grow up and become - a wisened older man. In addition, I liked how OSC developed Valentine; she is integral to Ender and her perspective on the Hive Queen made the buggers very real.
I enjoy all of Rudnicki's performances. What I especially like about OSC books, is that they are as entertaining as a movie. Many audio books are straight content and that is fine but not always entertaining. Rudnicki and OSC have captured the essence of a Readers Theater.
Not really. It would be too much.
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