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Children of the Mind Audiobook

Children of the Mind

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Publisher's Summary

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

Children of the Mind is the fourth and final volume in the original Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Hugo and Nebula award.

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©1996 Orson Scott Card (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

What the Critics Say

"This is a worthy ending to what might be styled a saga of the ethical evolution of humanity, a concept seldom attempted before and never realized with the success Card achieves here." (Booklist)
"Card's prose is powerful." (Publishers Weekly)

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    HRK 01-31-16
    HRK 01-31-16
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    "Too much back story"

    Pretty good but too much rehash of prior books. Also too much internal, redundant chatting. So good story, well read. Could have been much shorter.

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    Chelsea 01-13-16
    Chelsea 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE!"

    This philosophical piece does a beautiful job bringing together the Ender series and really digging into the big issues. Audio well done as always.

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    Ben Nelson 12-27-15
    Ben Nelson 12-27-15
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    "Meaningful philosophy wrapped in a good story"

    I'd like to begin by addressing some of the poor reviews that I have seen for Xenocide. The writer's of these are too willing to throw out the good philosophies found in this book, because they choose to be nitpicky about how Card and the narrators deliver it.

    Good for you, you know that those Chinese accents are overwrought and the Taoist culture on Path, perhaps, isn't realistic. Really though, who cares? Nobody is impressed by your false indignity and snootiness. The Chinese aspect is just a device to transmit the philosophy and there is nothing wrong with that. Card uses these various cultures (Brazilian, Chinese, American) to give the reader a beginning step in the journey of discovering more of those cultures. None of these exaggerations are used maliciously or cause harm.

    Ender's Game was very good, but the point of this series was for the reader to grow as Ender grew. If you only liked Ender's game, then your taste is about only as developed as a child. It is too bad that there is no more laser guns, space football, and Mazer Rackums in the later books to satisfy your immature tastes. Stop writing bad reviews for good books. This kind of book and its accompanying series is good enough to inspire people for the better. Don't scare them away because of your narrow-mindedness.

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    Kindle Customer 12-11-15
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    "Exactly what I expected"

    It was definitely a struggle to read the first half because of all the summarizing of the previous books. When the story line finally got past all that, it was well worth the wait. Card created an amazing world and never disappointed, even til the end. Just glad there are more of his books to enjoy.

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    Nicholas Stauffer 11-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    Great book! Great narration!

    The story was awesome. Card brought everything full circle in Children of the Mind. If you've read the other Enders Game books you have to finish the series with this great listen and it's worth every second.

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    Tom 10-29-15
    Tom 10-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    This was the last of the end or series of books that I've listen to I haven't listened to any of the shadow series this, ties it all together awesome book and
    awesome series

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    Amazon Customer 08-22-15
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    "Amazing! so contemplative"

    I enjoy conteplating the meaning of life. Children of the Mind had me contemplating the meaning of many species' lives as well as the different parts of each life. Awesome.

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    Mary 08-16-15
    Mary 08-16-15
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    "Too much dialogue"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes to read long nonfiction essays on the meaning of life


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have focused on the story... actual action and way less dialogue.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could actually just write a story for the story's sake. I admit, Card comes up with brilliant ideas for stories. But he uses them to actually project his own beliefs and views. I feel like I'm being evangelized, and that he is trying to convert me to his religion.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Children of the Mind?

    I would have cut the dialogue. The endless dialogue and thoughts about what life is about. I would have left a lot of thinking up to the reader just through the story. The guys are in space, about to die within seconds, and they spend chapters upon chapters wondering about the meaning of life.


    Any additional comments?

    If Card is reading this... I urge you to trust in your God... and just write a story and let the readers think for themselves. You don't have to explain everything!

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    Christian J. Phillips 07-23-15
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    "A life philosophy and excellent science fiction"

    Give me things to think about and a story to examine . entertainment at its best.

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    Tyler 07-19-15
    Tyler 07-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "unnecessary"

    good god have I never heard a story so up its own butt. this entire story could have been told in 4 chapters. I found my self skipping entire chapters due to the fact that they were unnecessary. do you want to hear the same 4 characters lament about the same BS they have been talking about for 4 hours for another chapter with no resolution? welcome to this book. read the wiki,save the money and time. no substance to this book at all.

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