I haven't listened to or read another author that tries to teach life lessons that are relevant today through historic stories from the past. Is he always successfull? No, not always. Is it entertaining and will you learn some cool stories about great masters of the past (think Mozart, Da Vinci)? Yes!
This book may or may not change your life. The lessons are great and the stories are interesting, however, as with all these self help types of books, you will only see change if you apply it. Fred Sanders does a great job narrating this book (one of the better Narrations I've listed to on a Robert Greene book).
I'll save you some time. ALL that happens in this book is the formics land on earth. Other than that it's a bunch of forgetable nonsense and little resolutions. I remember when Card used to develop amazing characters and then put them in philisophically interesting situations. None of that here. Just flat characters that do predictable things. Mazer Rackham and Bingwen are sort of interesting and "save" this book from being completely dull. I think Card is writing for the big screen as this seems like it could be a better movie than a book.
This is my first Neil Gaiman book and definitely not my last. The dialogue is satisfyingly entertaining. I haven't listened to dialogue this witty and good in quite a while. In my opinion that plot wasn't all that spectacular, but that doesn't matter as what this book is truly about is Shadow and his interactions with the old and new world and here it doesn't disappoint. The production of the Narration is great. A truly wonderful and entertaining experience. WOW.
If you like the Monster Hunter series up to this point you will like this. It's not like the other two entries in that you follow Pitt around, but once you get over this (I'll admit I was a little disappointed at first) the story is fantastic. Lots of blood, gore, undead and werewolves...lots and lost of werewolves. Harbinger has been a good character so far, but his addition puts him over the top. I enjoyed his backstory and struggle dealing with being a werewolf. As always, the Narration is great.
It's hard not to like or relate to Charlie. He is a smart freshman that is, like most of us were, thrown into the overwhelming world of high school. Drugs, Sex, and Music. As with most smart kids he spends too much time in his head and not enough time living. Watching Charlie grown through this book is a treat. The only problem I have with this book is the ending, just not sure I liked it (It wasn't predictable like many of these types of books are, but it also was kind of just....eh). That aside, the narration is one of the best I've heard on audible. The narrator brings this book to life and helps you identify and feel for Charlie. It's worth a listen.
If you liked the first of this series then all you need to know is this one is better. The story is more action packed, the zombies are still zombies and Owen is still a badass meathead. There are dark forces at work and you can tell this is just the tip of the iceberg. The narration is as good as the first of the series. Can't wait to start the next to see what the old ones are going to try to throw at Owen next.
I will admit, this audio book has me looking at the world (male and female interactions) a bit differently. It offers up a perspective that isn't really taught in school and backs it up with comparisons to our ancestors and monkeys. This isn't all that much of a stretch as this is how a lot of this type of science works, but it comes with a huge caveat that anybody who has spent any time with stats will tell you. Correlation does not mean causation.
That aside it's a fascination perspective, makes a lot of sense and will probably change the way you view relationships (hopefully in a positive way). The narration is a bit dry and that does hurt the overall enjoyment of this work.
This audio book is great. The story is good (not amazing but definitely entertaining) and the narration is superb. It's the equivalent of a good, big budget action film. It won't change your perspective on life or give you amazing insights, but it will keep you entertained (that's if you can suspend your disbelief enough to think that Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies all "live" in this world and there are secret hunting organizations keeping things under wraps...i've swallowed stranger premises before). If that sounds a bit silly then maybe you should pass, but if you're OK with that strap yourself in for a great ride....and I'm off to book 2.
This is probably my least favorite Card novel I've read or listened to. Yeah yeah, Card is amazing at building characters you either like or hate. The philisophical dilemas people face when confronted with the first sightings of the Formics is interesting and Card's take on the event is fantastic.....but then the book just ends.
There will obviously be a follow up to this as the book leaves about 1,000 unanswered questions. Kind of frustrating as this book serves as nothing but a tease to a fascinating situation....If you're thinking about making this your first dive into the Ender Universe do youself a favor and hold off on this. Start with Enders Game.
This is the type of story I'll probably forget about in a couple weeks. Sure, it was entertaining, but don't expect to be blown away with cool ideas or incredible plot twists.
It's a solid effort and worth listening to. Ray Porter is phenomenal.
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