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Children of the Mind | [Orson Scott Card]

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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    Kevin Louisville, KY, United States 10-24-12
    Kevin Louisville, KY, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Children of the...Nevermind"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was really missing the number of big ideas I've come to expect from Card. It needs more plot twists, less character bickering, and more big sci fi ideas.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    When Ender went "outside" and created other characters out of thin air, the Enderverse jumped the shark. That was THE moment. Unfortunately this book was entirely on the wrong side of that shark.
    Nevertheless, for fans such as myself, we're going to read it anyway. Card knows that and keeps putting out more novels in this series, with less profound content. Oh well. See you on the next one.


    What does Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes. I've read this book twice and listened the the audiobook twice. Audiobook is better for sure. Gabrielle de Cuir is an unforgettable hive queen.


    What character would you cut from Children of the Mind?

    Quara is not a credible character, too flat. Also, the god whisperers can go


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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 09-17-12
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "A decent ending!""

    I thoroughly enjoyed Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead were good books. With Xenocide I enjoyed the book, honestly, but it wasn't as good as Speaker for the Dead.

    Children of the Mind the same in that sense. It is a book I'd recommend but I have to say that Ender's Game was a classic with SoD being a very good book. Xenocide was good but Children of the Mind isn't that I'd say.

    I had to read it because of the 3 books prior but it was too predictable. It seemed like he raced to meet a deadline almost. It just doesn't stand well on it's own. It needed the earlier books to get the 3 stars I gave it. As a standalone I'd be tempted to give it a 2.

    In fairness I have to say that Ender's Game (and even Speaker of the Dead to a degree) set such a high benchmark that this book suffered for it.

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    Barbara 09-11-12
    Barbara 09-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Orson Scott Card's writing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, I have listend to the whole series and enjoyed each book. The great thing about this series by Card is that you don't have to read them in any specific order. All the stories can stand alone but still link together!


    What did you like best about this story?

    imaginative


    What does Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    dimension


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes both


    Any additional comments?

    I love the whole series

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    Jeffery T. Harris 07-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable Story with Engaging Narration"
    Where does Children of the Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am new to audiobooks, having only completed a couple of others so I don't know that I'd really rank any of them at this point. That being said, I did enjoy the audiobook and found myself trying to make time to catch in an extra 20 minutes of listening here and there throughout my days.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the very personal interactions between the characters of the story. The situations they found themselves in along with how they responded felt very real.


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I've listened to performances by these narrators and I was impressed. I thought they performed well enough to give you the emotional context in the story without being so over the top that it distracted from the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did try to listen to this book straight through although it was lengthy and I unfortunately needed to sleep eventually.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I enjoyed the book. I read the previous books in this series and enjoyed finishing it off with an audiobook.

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    Phillip Seattle, WA, United States 07-14-12
    Phillip Seattle, WA, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Children of the Mind"
    What would have made Children of the Mind better?

    This novel was written in a stream of consciousness style. The story develops from the charaters thoughts. This is not my favorite format. Would have liked more of a focus on mystery focused on advanced technology or advanced alien cultures and their technologies.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    I will think twice before I read another Card story. Would have to depend on story synopsis to determine if I want to read further.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of the scenes stand out in my mind. The overall memory of the story are discontented children who make emotional choices without concern for consequences.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Michelle Turramurra, Australia 05-20-12
    Michelle Turramurra, Australia 05-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Hated it, hated it, hated it"

    I hated all the sequels to Enders Game on a geometric ratio, the further into the series the more I hated it. I thought Enders Game was a work of genius, but his sequels are full of annoying, horrible people and ridiculous plot lines. Common guys, why would the Speaker of the Dead spend more than a nano second with that hideous family that he ends up marrying into? His wife is one of the greatest drop kicks in literary history, for me she had no redeeming features.

    Eventually I had to stop mid point in this book to save my sanity.

    What really annoyed me was that I could see the potential in this series, but the author seems to need a stronger editor to take him to task. I suppose if you liked the previous sequels to Enders this is more of the same, but if you’re reading it in the forlorn hope that he will rediscover his mojo – stop now!

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    Charles Austin, TX, United States 04-19-12
    Charles Austin, TX, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2005

    Yo

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    "Complex metaphysical book"
    What did you love best about Children of the Mind?

    The characters.
    The failure of man to think beyond himself (2x Xenocide attempts).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane, human created RI/metamorphosis to flesh.


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Ender/Young Vale die.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book will be interesting to see Enders kid(s) meet up with Beans in the next book and see what happens to Vale.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ends the trilogy in an unexpected way."
    What made the experience of listening to Children of the Mind the most enjoyable?

    Someone reading it while I was driving, working, and house work.


    Would you recommend Children of the Mind to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I recommend that no one reads past Ender's Game sense the rest of the series is SO loaded with religion and religious overtones that it destroys the story line.


    What does Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actually knowing how to pronounce the words that are not Native English and the names.


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    S. Singer 01-23-12
    S. Singer 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome - entertaining and wonderful conclusion"

    I don't care what anyone has written - this was an awesome book. Of the four in the set, it was my second favorite - Ender's Game still is the best. I loved his philosphical take on life's questions and I liked the way OSC used sci-fi to give complex theories form and substance. I don't need action to enjoy sci-fi because much of the time, action can be contrived. But the theory and philosophy, well, that's something to think and talk about and explore further.

    The Rodnicki cast is also terrific. When I listen to other sci-fi books, I wish Rodnicki and his group could do them as well as they bring to life the characters and events much more vividly than single narration.

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    Amazon Customer CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, United States 12-20-11
    Amazon Customer CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Really great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the entire Ender Saga, the story and the actors are excellent. great!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was extremely analytically and interesting, It has several interesting thoughts on the value of life.


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir and John Rubinstein ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They are really great actors and this one is one of their best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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