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Children of the Mind Audiobook

Children of the Mind

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.
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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.

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©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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    Justin Doyle 01-15-15

    Love a good story that is unpredictable, keeps my figuring things out, and is unique. I am a logical thinker and thus love books with logic.

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    "Interesting Twist on Sci Fi"

    Overall the book gave me an introverted perspective on myself through the science explained throughout the story. Very interesting storyline

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    Patrick j Mann 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Drudgery"

    I never would have been able to finish this book if I had to read it. I was compelled to finish the series however. I'm glad I did. But this story was overly maudlin.

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    The Cattleman's Wife Arizona/New Mexico 01-14-15
    The Cattleman's Wife Arizona/New Mexico 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Sticky Sweet"

    I like the Ender series that deals with dynamic of human nature, fear, conflict with a less emotional view point - the female characters in this book (not as bad in the other) are over the top emotional. I took a serious dislike to many of them.

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    wallace l clark Boulder, CO United States 12-31-14
    wallace l clark Boulder, CO United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Profound and Insightful"

    Unusually deep look at the existential condition of man, life, and existence. At the same time, riveting. A must read.

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    Kenya 08-03-14
    Kenya 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good."

    Pretty good. I can't wait for the next book in the series. A lot of good theological stuff.

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    Debra 06-18-14
    Debra 06-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not the best of the series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm still enjoying the story and the characters, but the performance on this series can get wearing. Some of the readers are far too dramatic for the story line, sounding as if they are always shouting. Yikes. Just settle down and read the story!


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    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 04-26-14
    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but not the best in the series."
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    This is my third Orson Scott Card book, having read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. I hadn't meant to read the final book in the series before having read Xenocide, but I was able to fill in the blanks through reference. As in previous books, Card masterfully tells a story that expands my thinking. It includes characters with differing viewpoints, capabilities, histories, and agendas who face personal and community threats. The drawback is the number of soap-opera-like love stories that composed the main focus of the book. The book ends on a positive note, with the main characters looking toward the future with hope. I'm glad to have read this, though I enjoyed the first two books the most in the series.

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    Robert 03-27-14
    Robert 03-27-14
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    "Read it to complete the 4"

    I read this one just to get closure on the other 3. This story picks up seconds after the ending to "Xenocide". While I enjoyed the story and plot, the continual character arguments and explanations of meta-physical gibberish was too much. After "Xenocide", this story was an improvement but failed to end the series with a bang.

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    Kamikazeman Berlin 03-17-14
    Kamikazeman Berlin 03-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Cheesy."

    I really enjoyed the previous books in the series. This however just feels really too long. Often I was wondering why the author is wasting time on useless logical games throughout the book. It feels like there wasn't really a lot to write about so he kinda elaborates endlessly on who thinks what and why over and over again. The whole experience feels forced.

    Another annoying thing about it was how the author makes the characters search for some sort of ultimate truth which then doesn't really exists. The characters feel like they only think they know this ultimate truth about the universe and everything but in reality no one "really" understands anything. There is a lot of useless stuff in this book and personally I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Jim 02-26-14
    Jim 02-26-14
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    "Too much moralistic and philosophical diatribe"

    I have really enjoyed the other books in the Ender series, but not this one. I found it slow and painfully full of the author's philosophical rantings. This was a real disappointment.

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