I was initially dismayed to see the work was abridged, but I didn't miss a bit of the original. (I also listened to the "full cast" version. I'll get the rest of the series abridged). Nana Visitor is the best story teller I've found on audible. I knew the story, having read it when it came out 30 years or so ago. I still found it captivating. The only drawback was the sound quality, being a bit 'fuzzy'.
The original, first-person narrative from Ender's point of view seems even more poignant with this new treatment. The performances are universally masterful. I really appreciate the musical interludes that help me disengage and attend to business, like writing this review. Kudos all around!
Just not my cup of tea. I gave up over 3 hours into it, as there was no variation in tone. I could see the point of the story, that it was hopeful, but I just don't want to slog through the next 5 hours to get there. For those who enjoy stories of humanity climbing back up out of the pit we may dig for ourselves, this probably will suit just fine.
Lewis paints with emotions and all the senses, like the master painters of the renaissance. True science fiction, given the science of his day; his created world is complete, if simple. His plot emerges gradually, becoming clear late in the narrative. I never expected to hear such a meld of Christian and cosmological themes.
People who enjoy self-pity.
Explored beyond the premise of the title.
His voice is the only reason I listened to the whole thing.
The protagonist. (The agonist?)
I expected real science fiction. This is a novel with a quirky premise.
No, the child actors were overly precise, sacrificing characterization for the sake of emphasizing each consonant. I winced through much of it. The handling of Vegan speech was effective, though.
Mr Charton, the pharmacist. He sounded absolutely sincere; I could forget he was acting.
I'll try another, to be fair.
The protagonist did a good job characterizing pushing past physical limits, unto delirium. The adult characters were all believable, in the context of 1950's science fiction. It's as interesting to me to see what the author missed foretelling as what he nailed. Good, very light reading.
Would have been nice to know it's aimed at the 4th grade level, before buying.
How do I recognize a scholarly work in this genre?
Speaks very clearly.
There are no characters.
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