As the title says, I waited a long time before ever reading/listening to this book. I'm not sure why I waited though... I actually own several signed OSC books that I was able to obtain when I met him last year at a speaking arrangement. It wasn't until I returned a rather boring/poorly thought out book to Audible that I decide to make the trade for Ender's Game. I'm glad I did. The book's overall story, plus the performance were both excellent!
Ender Wiggin is a character that will stick with you. Long after the story has finished, Ender's emotional childhood will linger. He'll make you question what it means to be heroic- what it means to be the person to "save the world". Ender's Game is truly thought out book that I highly recommend.
This book is gut-wrenching hilarious. I pride myself on being a stoic-narcissistic-not-going-to-make-me-cry type of person and this book just undercut my very existence. I cried. I sat on my couch and I cried. I cried silently as to not wake anyone and have to deal with that awkward "what are you crying about" conversation- but nonetheless, I cried. And I hated John Green for it... I mean here is a story where you already know the subject matter, you already know that there isn't going to a (spoiler alert!) happily ever after. Yet, you dream of that happily ever after... And halfway through the book you start to reason with John Green. Like, I know they can't live forever and everything, but maybe...just maybe... you'll give them a good few years and I can close the book and be blissful about that.
But (spoiler alert!) that doesn't happen... And afterwards as you sit on your couch and cry and curse John Green, you're going to realize that this book is great. Not just great "I'm going to facebook about this book"- but great in a way that makes you want to listen again.
Simply put, stop reading and buy the book already...
I might recommend this book to someone who really enjoyed those mushy soft-cover love stories. Overall, the story was good, but I was lead to believe that the writing duo of Illona Andrews were better than this. I actually ended up preferring every character over the two main characters, Rose and Declan. There seemed to be too much unnecessary focus on these two characters sexual side. (which I'm not against sexiness- it just seemed out of place)
Renee provides an excellent performance for most of the characters. However, she reads Declan like he's much older. I was shocked to find out he is only 30 years old.
Overall, the story wasn't bad. Yes there are several cringe worthy moments between Declan and Rose, but other than that- I enjoyed the story.
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