If you have listened to the other Ender books then you might find this one a little disappointing. The story is fine and the narration is good, but you can tell that this book is abridged.
While the style is like Card's other Ender books, this one seems rushed and does not flow like the others.
I too am surprised by the outstanding reviews of this book.
I listen during my commute. The good books that I've listened to have me listening right in to my carport and sometimes have me lingering in the car for half a minute before turning them off.
With this book I found myself turning off the book a few minutes before I arrived home. I was looking forward to the end of the book just so I could download something else.
It is hard to say exactly what is wrong with the book. Technically, the writing and narration is good. If I was a writer I would be proud if I had written this book.
As a listener nothing about the characters or the story made me eager to tune in the next day. It is as if all of the pieces that make up a good story are there, but something does not make them gel. Even with interesting plot twists and turns, I just did not care.
Listening to this book was like eating unseasoned food.
I will agree with two comments that others have made:
1) The book is probably a little longer than it has to be. Nevertheless the book kept my interest and I did not find myself tuning out.
2) The reader's style is very distracting at first. The way he would draw out the last word of almost every sentence nearly drove me crazy. A couple of times I almost gave up on the book for that very reason. But, I noticed that after about 180 minutes in to the book I got used to the sound of his voice and, in fact, the rhythm of his style became very pleasing.
If you like stories of adventure and you don't mind a dose of fantasy thrown in, you will enjoy this book.
If you enjoy watching A Cook's Tour on the Food Network, you will enjoy this book. Listening to this book is a very similar experience to watching the TV show. (Though the subject matter is different.)
If you are sitting on a stick and have problems with some foul language then you better download something else.
I've been wanting to read this book for many years, but never got around to cracking it open. With all of the raves about the book that I heard from others and read on Amazon, I thought that this book must hold some incredible nuggets of truth and wisdom. So, I was delighted to find that the book is on audio.
I guess that if I were required to read this book for school, it would be much less painful to hear it on audio than to have to actually read every word. I don't think that I could stay awake through a page.
I would have rated the book with only one star, but the audio is well done -- I give the narrator credit for trying to inject some enthusiasm in to the words and make it sound interesting.
After listening to a portion of the book, I would stop and ask myself, "Now what did I learn from that?" The answer was always nothing. It is much like sitting through a corporate meeting where some high level manger gives an important sounding speech. Then when you get back to your desk and reflect on the meeting, you realize that he said a lot of stuff about nothing.
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't get the hype surrounding The Prince.
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