I read/listened to this one as a long time fan of Larry Niven, and because it is considered by many to be one of the iconic works of Sci-Fi.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, perhaps it is just too dated considering how much technology has changed in the last 30 some years since this was originally written. I came away feeling like the whole "secret" to the story was just weak, and thus the ending, which was far too long in coming, was also very weak.
I also find Ganser's voice somewhat grating, so overall I was disappointed with this purchase.
There's not much I can say about this iconic work that hasn't already been said. I liked it more than I expected, and found myself quickly drawn in. The story moved well, and though the narrator has some peculiarities in delivery that I found odd at first, as the story progressed I found they added to the experience. The characters develop well, and the storylines going back and forth between Ender and Val, with the interspersed dialogues between the military trainers, gave depth and perspective to the story that balanced out the inner narrative in Ender's head.
As a long-time fan of the original Dune series, I of course read all the offerings by Brian Herbert. Brian's writing style tends to be much more drawn-out and "wordy" than his father's.
This was OK in the "House...." books, but in Butlerian Jihad, it has reached ridiculous excess. Most parts sound like they were written by a 13 year old.
Then to hear the poorly chosen and ill-placed adjectives read aloud is just painful.
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