The message in this book is critical for our modern society. The author looks objectively at the dangers that face us. His reserach is exhaustive, and his conclusions are credible and interesting. However, the delivery was painful. I usually can't turn a book off, and I had to force myself to listen to this one. I needed to make sure I never listened when I was tired, and I had to take it in manageable amounts. I don't know if the reading didn't suit me, or the writing was not great for audio book. I do know that the book was worth listening to, but also difficult to make it through. It was like painting my house. I am glad I did it, but it wasn't always fun in the process.
I thought Card did a sensational job of story-telling with this book. The characters are developed further and the story is excellent. The books continue to get more philisophical and less action-oriented. Card's writing is able to pull it off well.
I actually liked this a bit more than Ender's Game (which I thought was also great). The story has matured along with Ender's Character. However, this book will be disappointing if you are not prepared to consider it the first of a trilogy. The two following books are excellent as well.
This first book sets up the entire series. It is written towards a young adult audience and is action oriented. The bottom line--I have listened to the next three books in the series because of the writing and the story. Exceptional work by Card.
This book was a great follow-up to the first one. The writing was as excellent as the first one. I couldn't stop listening and was looking forward to commute time so I could hear more. The narrators are excellent. I liked the author's exploration of a woman's role in the male-dominated society. I didn't enjoy the "to be continued" ending. However, I have already started the third book, so no big deal.
This is a great book. I liked both the narrators and the intertwining story lines. I was engaged throughout the entire thing. The characters and the story were enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next one in the series, and will probably get it immediately.
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