This book follows perfectly the first book, 'Ender's Game.' The same cast from Fantastic Audio is back to do another great job.
'Speaker..' doesn't have the action that 'Ender's Game' did, but instead focuses more on the political and psychological side of trying to start again on a new planet, and making first contact with an alien species. Orson Scott Card excels again at creating the most interesting characters possible and taking you deep into their psyche. If you liked Ender's Game, you will like where this story takes you.
This is a really good collection of Fitzgerald shorts. These give you a great snapshot of life in the early 20th century, and how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. A great companion to the Great Gatsby.
The reader tends to get a little melodramatic, but for the most part does an excellent job.
As a fan of the film, I found the novel to be a deeper, darker
version. Roy Hobbs is less pristine, more human. The ghosts of his past are more present, and you get a better sense of the anguish he feels over his past. Plus, the story wraps itself up differently than the film, in such a way that you feel the film was a disservice to the story. The reader was excellent, as well.
...of sightings, strange occurances, UFO's, Men in Black and other such things. Keel goes to great lengths to tell all about each event that happend in Point Pleasant before the bridge disaster. He also backs up many events with other sightings and visits and occurances, until your head is swimming. The biggest problem is the lack of continuity or timeline, and cross-referencing with events he's already covered (which is hard to go back to in audio format...if you really want to go back in the first place). While at the heart of the book is an interesting tale of bizarre events leading to a strange disaster, there is a lot of extras to get through.
The narration is well done and easy to listen to.
This is a decent look at philosophy, using the Matrix as a model. Many times, it seems less the philosophies behind the matrix, but more how the philosophers would view the film. Not a good introduction to philosophy, but a good companion to an intro class or book.
This first novel from the "Enderverse" is superb. Card's excellence lies in creating characters with such depth it draws you into the rest of the story. A great story, enhanced by a fine cast of readers to help you follow along without missing a beat.
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