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

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Elisa 12-03-11
    Elisa 12-03-11

    Loves Great Novels

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    "Astonishing revelations of human relations"

    In a way, the Ender story almost doesn't matter. It's just the stage set. What matters, what is highlighted in this book, are the entanglements between personalities, and wayward tangles within individual personalities. So much subtlety of thought, subtlety of emotion--desire for connection, for love, for belonging, for redemption, for doing the right thing, for not causing hurt or shame. Mr. Card has revealed depths that I found remarkable, even astonishing. I LOVE the hive queen's voice. LOVE IT. And Stephan Rudnicki could read a book upside down and backwards and sound soulful.

    Just don't expect Battle School.

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    Chris indianapolis, IN, USA 04-13-10
    Chris indianapolis, IN, USA 04-13-10
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    "Better"

    This book has a lot more of the same bickering and bloviation found in a previous novel in this line, but it's somehow less irritating and easier to empathize with the characters despite this fact. This book is both sci-fi and philosophical in nature and more entertaining than the previous installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Libertyville, IL, USA 07-19-09
    Kevin Libertyville, IL, USA 07-19-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice finish"

    I bumped back up to a 4 star since all the plot lines finished up. It was a bit tidy, IMHO, but I do like a good tidy finish. As with the previous book, the voice actors seem to need to speak with a Chinese immigrant to the US halting accent, which I thought was just stupid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Bourbon Terlingua, Texas 12-11-08
    Sarah Bourbon Terlingua, Texas 12-11-08 Member Since 2006
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    "WHICH OTHER OSC WROTE THIS?"

    It sure isn't much like his others I have read. Like sitting through a very long evening in a dorm room full of sophomore psych students pondering ethics, self, and everything. Just say 42 and don't bother with reading it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 05-20-08
    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 05-20-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Good as expected"

    If you've fallowed the endervers this far, you really should here this one. I'm sure it was Mr. Card meaning, but the further in the endervers I get the more time I spend thinking of the deeper issues of self he raises. This is someing I think only a excelent story that maybe fiction, but contains a grain of real truth can do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Gilbert, AZ, USA 10-31-07
    James Gilbert, AZ, USA 10-31-07
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    "A bit over the top"

    I loved all the ender books. However, this one was a little bit too "new age". If you want to hang out for the end of ender it is fun to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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