Mortal had a lot of storyline setup in it which made the first half of the book seem a little drawn out, however it was well worth the patience as we got to the latter half of the book and things come to a boil. I am definitely impatient for the 3rd book in the series now!
This book is similar in storytelling, character development, and progression to Red from Ted Dekker's Circle series.
The voice acting in this book does a good job of differentiating the characters, their personalities, and attitude throughout the story. Henry keeps things going at a smooth natural pace.
I'll try to address this without actualy ruining the story. In the final conflict in this book, Jonathan shows a side of himself that is contradictory to what most readers will expect him to. Considering that he's an anology of the messiah, this shows a side that we often choose to ignore or forget. Seeing how Jonathan responds to those in the conflict realy opens your eyes to the power and authority he actualy has.
Not as good as the first, but definitly worth the listen. I'm excited about where this series is going!
I wanted to enjoy the book. The synopsis sounds interesting, but in the end it tends to drag on without making progress.
The story itself isn't bad. The way it's told just doesn't keep my interest.
Again, the story itself is interesting. The aliens and their agenda fits nicely in the world of "almost believable" while at the same time being different enough to distinguish this from a typical alien apocalypse story.
Divergent isn't my favorite book I've listened to, but it's definitely worth listening to.
This shares many of the things that draw you to The Hunger Games, but the book is written to the target audience a little better. It definitely feels like it's meant for a mature teen in the initial storyline and monologs, but the scenes and action are less reserved and compassionate.
She does a decent job of captivating the emotion, fear, selflessness, and courage that the main character is experiencing internally.
At first, no, I wasn't drawn in enough for a single sitting listen. However, by the time of the testing, I was hooked and looked for every chance to continue the story further. When it picks up pace and interest, it will reel you in!
I'm excited to see this movie now that I've listed to the book. Unless they completely botch this story on film, it's going to be awesome!
This book does get bogged down in the theology behind the thoughts of the main characters. It's good because it helps you understand where they're coming from and how complex their decisions are, but much of it could be reduced down to improve the flow of the book.
Yes! I've thoroughly enjoyed the Speaker series in the Ender-verse. The storytelling gets a little bogged down in the theological debate and explanation at times, but the story is still compelling all the same.
I loved the scene where where two of our protagonists are aboard the Starways Congress Fleet Flagship and the realization that allows them to be there. There's not much I can say without spoiling the story since so much of it is building to that point. However, for those of you who have read it, it's an awesome moment in the story where the tables of power turn in our favor finally.
It would loose much of it's soul to become one since the theological and philosophical debates wouldn't survive the conversion to script. However, I could see the storyline itself being adapted if the Ender's Game movie does well enough to justify sequels.
I haven't yet read other's comments on this book. I'm sure many will be much more negative than mine. If you're looking for a simple entertaining listen, this isn't your book. However this storyline has depth and brings much of the story from the previous books in the series together. It is worth the listen, but make sure you're in the right frame of mind as it can get pretty heavy at times.
The author tells the story from a perspective much like I would normally take on a situation. I tend to enjoy theological debates and the necessary realization that theology and reality must intersect. This book takes you past the cultural differences between the different species that Speaker for the Dead introduced you to and digs deeper into the theological differences behind them. Eventually you get to the root of those theological differences and find that some do intersect nicely and others no longer hold up. As always though, people choose to believe what they choose to believe. If you have any interest in theology or theoretical physics (simplified down to make the story progress of course) then this listen is worth it!
I can't compare it to any other book. This diverts some from the previous two books in the series, and no one else that I've read or listened to tells a story quite like Orson Scott Card.
I wish I could say Ender, but he isn't quite as much of a star in this book as the last two. If I had to pick I would have to say Jane because of her naturally exiled but integral nature in the story. I'm curious to see how she develops from her roll in this book through the next one.
I can't say it's one to listen to in one sitting. The book is read by multiple readers and as such it tends to take on a change in life according to which reader you're listening to. Some require more attention to appreciate than others due to the Chinese influence in the dialog. This is intentional though since the parts that reader covers takes place on Path, a world derived from ancient Chinese tradition. It fits the story though it isn't as fluid as many would like.
The comments I read on this book almost diverted me from finishing this series. I'm glad I didn't though. Ignore the comments about the dialog and monotone reading. There are 5 readers in this audio book and only one of them is less than exciting. As mentioned above the one still fits the setting in the book however because it's supposed to be a planet that is steeped in traditional Chinese values. You can't have that read by the typical voice actor without loosing a little of the soul of the story.
Ender's Game is one of my top books I've listened to. The story in this book is so much more than what the movie that came out last weekend shows, so if you haven't read or heard it, you'll want to. There are few books that I've listened to that have litteraly gotten my adrenaline running or enraged me because of the situations the protagonist is in, but this one does just that. You don't just read about Ender Wiggin's story, you'll feel it and understand it from the perspective of a torn genius who can't decide between what he must do and what he desperately wants to do.
It's difficult to compare this book to any other because it's a perfect mix of sci-fi setting, action, deep character development, and epic storyline. The only other books that I've ever read that come close to the feel and depth of this one is the Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, and White) by Ted Dekker (don't sweat the tag along book Green).
My favorite is easily the battle room scene where Dragon Army is paired up against two armies. Without spoiling the situation, all I can say is that the way that the leaders in Dragon Army came together to find a solution to what was a totally unbeatable situation was amazing.
If I had the time to sit for 15 hours I would have. I will say that I listened to both this version and the audio dramatization back to back in a matter of days, so it's definitely something I wanted to listen to earnestly even if I couldn't listen to it in one sitting.
This book isn't about a "learning disorder". It explains the physiological difference between a normal brain and a dyslexic brain, explains how that change effects thinking patterns, and then breaks down those patterns into the different symptoms (both advantageous and disadvantageous) that they cause in the mind compared to the average mind.
There is a great balance between the technical and generalized knowledge. The authors do an amazing job of stepping us up from general knowledge to higher understanding without getting bogged down in too much of the technical issues.
This is a book about a physiological state, not a story. So, there is no favorite scene.
Personally, I did a little crying because it finally explained a few things about myself that I've known but couldn't fully understand.
This book has had an impact on my life! I don't say that lightly. ANYONE who is or knows someone who is dyslexic or has an undiagnosed mental condition should listen to or read this book!
Definitely! Forbidden follows in step to the storytelling style of Black from the Circle series by Tedd Dekker. I couldn't stop listening to the book! There are many storylines that are coming togather throughout the book leadign to a suprising and awesome end that leaves you salivating for the next book in the series.
The determination of the main character is insane. His passion for things is extreme leading him to follow his heart through some amazing action and emotional portions of the story in ways most would faulter.
He was engaging and realy drew you into the character, emotion, and excitment of each character.
The dead find life.
I don't have to drone about the reader's performance since there are an abundance of users who have done that already. He's not frustrating to listen to, but he's not engaging either.
The actual content of the book is well worth it though!
If you actualy pay attention to the book and comprehend what's being said, it will have an effect on how you watch people around you. I'm already one of those guys who natuarly que in on body language (or driving styles on the road) and can quickly estimate what kidn of person I'm looking at and how they'd react to outside influences. This book is great for explaining many of the smaller details that goes beyond the target's natural instincts and more into their current state of mind and intent. I can definitely see how this guy was successfull as an FBI interogator.
Check the book out to better understand what messages you're subconciously sending out and what others are saying without realizing it! Again, it will have an effect on how you watch and read the people around you!
This is instructional with a few stories, so there are no notable characters besides the author.
Be less instrutional in tone, and more expressive instead.
It has changed how I read people's intentions through their body language and posture.
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