I overlooked the other negative review because I REALLY like Scott Brick, and I thought I was hip enough to dig the lingo brevitousness. After the first 40 minutes I kept confusing people and events so I started over (even thought of taking notes). I put another two hours into my retry but ulitimately, wasn't enjoying the staccato writing style. A book this different, should give potential listeners a good 20 minute sample. Alas, I'm giving up and looking for something better (read by Scott Brick perhaps because I enjoyed his delivery and hung on about 30 minutes more than I'd planned to). Listener beware!
Having been a fan of "The Sparrow" all I needed to know was that Mary Doria Russell wrote in a different genre and I was ready with a credit. The writer's style and voice gave the prose depth, and the dialogue brought the characters to life, enhanced by great voice interpretations by the reader for the various characters. I'm also very interested to look for more about the Earp's and Doc Holliday. The reader was new to me and his voice enhanced the full audio experience, for me he's up there with Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki and Will Patton. I'm about to go looking for others Mark Bramhall has narrated. It's fun to follow a reader's work as well as an author's, as the result is often great new books that may never have been discovered otherwise.
I've heard about Brad Meltzer's political books, I have two paperbacks on my "too read" shelf. Thought I'd check him out based on good reviews and Scott Brick's narration. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but some "scenes" went on forever with detailed descriptions of say, "turning something over in his hand" which just felt like "filler." I also balked a bit at all the types of "glances" that were exchanged between the characters, not just a feeling or emotion, but (again) detailed information like a conversation. I wanted to find out what happened next so I kept with it, but compared to a novel that uses well-crafted prose to advance the plot, this was a bit more in the "fluff" category.
After hearing of this book series, and having strayed from Sci-Fi for a while, I wanted an easy way back in, something entertaining and surprising. Not a "Dune" (the only book so far I've read three times) but a meaty enough story to keep my interest. It's fun to "discover" a new author and I responded to other positive reviews as making this a "safe bet" for my very first Audible purchase.The reader has a voice that really worked for me and I liked the subject matter. I was happy that I could talk with my teenage nephews about this book (one had read it in HS English) and I would recommend it to anyone as a "see how different Sci-Fi can be" book. I know there are a bunch more Ender books out there and I will probably do at least one more.
My dog Maggie give it 5 bones because of all the extended walks she got as kept walking "just one more block..." to advance the story.
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