I would not recommend this book. I am a fan of Cards writing usually, but this time I felt like I wasn't so much listening to a completed story as listening to the writers notes instead. There was no flow to this story at all, everything felt choppy and disoriented - as tho card kept realizing he'd forgotten to add important elements into the tale and so just plopped them in whenever it came to mind.
I will say that the story had huge potential! Sadly I didn't enjoy it enough to bother moving on to the next book in the series... Perhaps it gets better. The narrators did a beautiful job of attempting to bring the characters to life.
Tho it's sad to say this story, tho not a complete waste of time, gave nothing to make it memorable.
This book came as a pleasant surprise to me. I picked it up on a whim despite not seeming my usual style, but figured for the sale price I had nothing to lose.
To my pleasant surprise I was instantly taken by the storyline. The characters were believable and I was instantly attached to certain characters because of their background or personality. The tale flowed easily and smoothly, and the narration served as a beautiful enhancement!
I was hooked within 10 minutes of starting this story. In true Card style I was quickly whisked away into a world of the "almost possible and potentially probable" alternate reality he presented.
The characters flew to life for me, and I felt connected almost intimately to their feelings.
Fiction that completely lifts you out of reality and places you into an entirely new world is rare but this story did it with flare! I was loathe to turn it off and saddened when my visit into their world was over and the tale finished.
The narrator saved this story in my opinion. Without his strong voice creating interest in this story I'd never have gotten past the first hour. The characters lacked dimension. Even the main character remained relatively unknown to me as I got further within the story. While the story had strong potential it failed to deliver.
Absolutely! Within minutes I was captivated. It was the type of story that actually leaves you upset to turn away from it. The characters are realistic and completely believable. It's easy to get swept away into their world and there were enough twists and turns that I never became bored as I easily can when listening or reading a story.
I highly recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the genre, and even those who aren't - if anything will turn you into a scyfy fan it's this story!
This was a beautifully written tale of Christmas joy and how it often comes from the most unexpected places. The performance was good, but the tale itself will sweep you away into a world that will lift your spirit! A wonderful holiday listen.
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