I've listened to this whole series and while it starts off great the later books seem to be grasping for story. This one was especially bad. Introducing characters and spending entire chapters filling in their history, the history of their people group, then just dropping them (well they reference them once). This final book really just seemed like it was grasping at the last dollars of a series that had already run it's course.
I don't feel it was a total waste of my time but I won't be listening to this again.
I've listened to this book (actually the whole series) multiple times. Card is a great writer and the voices are awesome. The Alvin Maker series is one great series worth listening to over and over.
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of Austen already and have read and re-read the original over the years. This is a great update that adds a bit more comic relief (as you think to the real events in the original). Really a book with ninja's is almost always a winner.
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