What a great book! After finishing Xenocide I wasn't sure I could handle another Ender book. Instead of letting the reader find the lessons and truths within the text I felt like I was back in college listening to a lit professor. While Ender's Shadow does go off on political tangents, there's at least enough action and interesting character development to keep me entertained.
It's a great follow-up to Ender's Game. This book would not be appropriate for younger children however.
Wow! What a book. I loved this story. It had a compelling story, interesting characters and was well narrated. I was invested in the characters and felt for them through their ups and downs. I definitely shed some tears on occasion.
When I first began listening I wasn't sure I wasn't going to enjoy the story or the narrator. I'm not one for dry humor and this was dripping with it. Additionally at first you think the narrator is just doing a deadpan reading of the story. But you soon learn this is indeed the character. Alex is not a poetic, verbose person. By the end of the story you get that you've got insight into a different thought process and it's fascinating. Alex has quite defined ideas of right and wrong and the ways of the world. While you could listen to the story and think "why would he handle the situation that way, most people wouldn't" you realize soon enough that there was no other way for Alex.
I really enjoyed the end of the book. It was a different perspective and I was invested in the characters.
I think people who enjoy investing themselves in a character would enjoy the book. Also those who are interested in exploring morals of right and wrong and the choices we make.
I don't normally write reviews midway through a book. But I've read Pride and Prejudice a hundred times so I know how it's going to end. This review is about this particular reading of it. It just isn't my favorite narration. I'm half way through and deciding whether I can listen to anymore. It's not that I'm expecting Colin Firth to read the book, but Flo does not bring me in to Jane Austen's work. She has some subtle variations between characters but it is really just a book reading. I'm finding it distracting to listen to her. If this is your first introduction to Jane Austen DO NOT listen to this version.
I'm not a big reader of zombie books. I don't particularly care for scary books because I like to be able to sleep at night without leaving a light on. I do enjoy a good "end of the world as we know it" book. And this book falls within that category. Enough zombie to make it interesting and plausible. But not enough to make me fear for my brain if I closed my eyes. I loved getting the different perspectives with each chapter. I just wish it wasn't abridged.
The reading by different actors was spectacular and was a great way to experience the story. I've listened to the store multiple times because I enjoyed it so much.
It's books like this that start me preaching to my daughter that we should be thankful to be a woman today and in the US. While the premise is a bit forced you can see where there are parallels to what women around the world face today. I think we always feel like life will get better in the future, this shows us another outcome.
Overall I enjoyed the story itself. By midway I wasn't sure how many more similes I could listen to. Everything was compared to something else. I wonder if I would have reacted differently to reading it in print versus hearing it.
Claire Danes did a great job reading the story. I would listen to her perform again on a different book. I loved when she would break into the "Aunt" voice.
This is a great series. If you like Hunger Games you'll enjoy this series. My only disappointment is having to wait for the 3rd book. I can't wait!
I would definitely listen to Ender's Game again. It was a great story. I raced through it the first time that I'd like to go back and listen to it with more attention to certain plot lines.
I loved that while these were brilliant children they were still children. I have a son around the same age as Ender at the beginning of the novel and imagining him in the battle school was scary but intriguing. It certainly brought me into the story very quickly.
I like the scenes when he's besting the others even though he and his squad are the underdogs.
Absolutely! I listen to audiobooks in the car and would find myself lingering in the driveway until I could finish a particular scene.
Great book! An interesting ending. I think this is great for adults and younger readers. There is mature content with the violence.
Interesting, tears, thoughtful
Ender was my favorite character. He has an amazing interaction with the other characters. He's developed as a character since Ender's Game, in a good way. His introduction in to the family was touching.
When he meets the children it was touching to see how he dealt with each of them. I also enjoyed the ending.
His last time with Human.
This is a great book. It's hard to comment on your favorite moments without giving away too much of the plot. It was hard to stop listening I was so wrapped up in the plot.
Overall the narration is excellent. Although why so many narrators. Some of the narrators were jarring to the story and took me out of the reading. Two readers would have been plenty.
This was an interesting story. I didn't know what to expect when I started.
It was a story line I thought was original and interesting.
At first I wasn't sure about the narrator. Her voice comes across very whiny and young, which I get, it's a YA book. But it was kind of odd at the beginning. For a narrator that was supposed to be beyond gender it didn't feel that way, it felt like a girl. It would be interesting to hear it read again by a guy.
It's an interesting listen!
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