©1992 Orson Scott Card; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Card skillfully uses terror as a background to everyday family life. For Stephen King fans and those who like their suspense mixed with the supernatural." (Library Journal)
Let me start off by saying that Orson Scott Card is probably one of my favorite writers. But, I guess I had come to expect too much from him.
This book is very boring, not much happens, and it almost feels that the point of the book is to preach Mormon dogma and explore Mormon society. Ive never been bothered when Card explores philosophical or religious questions.. as a matter of fact, I think that is one of the things I've liked about most of his other works. In this book though, I kept thinking to myself "Blah, blah, blah.. I dont really care about the social structure of your church or how morally superior your characters are." I hate to sound harsh but it got very old.
Anyway, I typically love Cards work. This falls very short of what he is capable of. Couldn't even relate to most of it. If you are wanting to read Card at his best, read (or listen to) the Ender's series.. or the Alvin Maker series (when are we going to get the unabriged audio here @ audible? ;)
This book was not what I imagined, but it was very enjoyable. My wife and I started listening to it at the same time however I finished it before her. I could not wait for her to hear the ending so we could talk about the story and the ending.
We thought the characters were well developed and we could relate to a family with children struggling with the things that life throws at them. It is definately not what I would have expected from OSC, but it was good. I did not know much about the Mormon religion before reading this book but using it in the book helps explain the characters actions.
This book is definetely worth reading but you have to follow thru to the end.
Card always has had a skill of creating such well rounded and detailed characters. Everytime I am done with one of his stories I always feel as though I know his characters very well. Most people complain saying its nothing like enders game, but I think that the style card writes with is very similar. I am not mormon and not even a religious person in any shape or form, but this book left me feeling very "different" after reading it. I don't exactly know how to explain it, but the book feels like it will be in my mind for a while to come. As always, Stefan Rudnicki does a good job and gives voice to each character splendidly. Great Book, end of discussion.
I have read a lot of his books including The Ender series and Homecoming series. Its great to see he can write something so touching that reaches a personal level, probably why some don't like it. Its not just a fun read but it is a really good one.
This is my first exposure to Orson Scott Card. As a writer, I find his writing inspirational -- makes me want to stop reading and get back to writing. This book is a must-buy!
I'm sorry I wasted one of my credits on this book. Having enjoyed the Ender series I expected the same high-quality story line but was sadly disappointed. I don't think the Mormon aspect was worked into the story very well; I felt like I was being given lessons in Mr. Card's religion. The main character, Skip, had the personality of a wet noodle. A boring book with a "shocker" ending (really though, I saw it coming) which left me with the idea that the author didn't know how to wrap up the story. Good narrator though.
this was/is a really good listen, I was surprise at osc going in this direction, I'm accustom to his alternative universe (alvin Maker) but this was a very good book , the narrator is great, he does get into the mormon faith, I did not find it boring but interesting, which is not much different than any other christioan based faith. It is a book about family and love for the children, A great book.
This would have to rank as one of the best audio books for adults I’ve heard to date (And I've listened to over 50 books). I would recommend it to anyone. You really get wrapped up in the characters and the story of a Mormon family moving to North Carolina and not having an easy time with the move/adjustment. The heart of the story revolves around their son who is completely isolated at school and is going through some kind of crisis. The end made my heart stop temporarily. You really are pulling for this kid and for the whole family. The whole story seems so real – it’s quiet amazing. The narrator was superb too! One quick criticism, you might get annoyed at the depth in which Orson Scott Card goes into Step’s work (around the third cd)– but stick with it as it is well worth the ride!
I've pretty much read every other Orson Scott Card book, and I've really enjoyed all of them. When I finally got to this one I didn't think it would be that great just from i read in the summary. Once I started though, I realized this was just as good as any other O.S.C. book. As normal, I was completely captivated by the book. You’ll get to know and care about the characters, and the plot was very enjoyable. On top of that, Stefan Rudnicki is an excellent narrator. My only complaint is that awful publishers summary that I first read. I thought it was a little too revealing and the book isn’t quite as dramatic as the summary sounds. So, disregard that summary and just go straight to the book.
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