Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop an army. As Lady Rasa, through whom the Oversoul speaks, attempts to defeat Moozh through intrigue, Nafai and his family prepare to voyage to the stars in search of the planet called Earth.
©1993 Orson Scott Card; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Superb." (Publishers Weekly)
It took me awhile to get into this story. The Narrator's voice is a little.. odd for this kind of book, but by the end of book 1 I was fully hooked, and looking forward to picking up book 2.
The story is still good - but the editing on book 2 is HORRIBLE. The reading stops and re-starts. You can hear where the narrator coughs, or his voice gives out a bit and he restarts reading.. at one point, he even laughs "Er.. I assume that's trees.. treas.." and then starts re-reading the sentence again.
Great story, horrible recording. Someone was sleeping at the wheel here.
Card delivers again. I felt so thoroughly warned by the other reviewers who mentioned that the recording was terrible and apparently unedited, that I almost didn't order the book. I heard none of the coughing, errors, repetitions or personal comments that any of the other reviewers mentioned. Perhaps Audible has since edited this work. On to the book. I think what I like most about Card's work is what he teaches me about human nature, my own nature. I always walk away feeling a little better capable of understanding myself and others through his contemplative observations of his characters. Well done. Please keep them coming.
This series is very entertaining, especially if you've studied the bible and like SCI-FI.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
The second book of Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series lingers like the first on the theme of exodus to a promised land... in this case a planet. In the story biblical themes are quite prominent. While the Over-Soul (God) is just a mighty computer, we have the theme of tension between brothers - the eldest that is is cheated out of his inheritance, the theme a dictator that doesn't want a group of people (Njafai and his mother) to go from the city of Basilica (kingdom) etc. These themes also resonates with the Book of Mormon. It seems Card is really drawing from his religious background. Yet the story progresses very slow. While Rudnicki again gives a solid performance, I am not sure how much patience is needed for the story to go somewhere. (Even Song of Ice and Fire seems to move quicker at times.) But I am not giving up, maybe the next volume will have some action.
I repeat what the other reviewer wrote. The book is good, but there are numerous times when the reader repeats a phrase - five of them so far halfway through the book - and one time he clears his throat and says, "Excuse me". Normally Blackstone Audio does such professional production, I'm surprised by this.
It's nice when a sequel improves upon the original. Card gets a lot less linear in this book, introducing more plot twists and greater depth to his characters. The result is that I am never bored. Great read!
I did enjoy this book but the story line turns gay in book 3. If you are someone that does not want to hear gay subject matter, you may not want to invest any further in this series.
I listened to this book in the car and Rudnicki's voice is clear and without large volume swings as I have experienced with other audio books.
As being book number 2 in a series I accepted it to get further in the story. It only went about 2 days from were the first book left off. Wanted to story to progress further and was disapointed.
Maybe a small step below Ender's Game, Human Trilogy, etc... but love it much more than I thought I would, based on others' reviews. As far as the religious overtones that some people seem to dislike - why is this a problem? PLEASE. Actually, I found them quite thought provoking and a cause for many ongoing debates/ contemplations inside my head as I listened! Lol...using those religious references/ parallels as a negative aspect of the book is ludicrous! If you state something to that effect, please explain exactly WHY that is a negative??? I just don't get it. References to alien life, paranormal, etc...people are ok with but make religious comparisons and OMG! (I'm really not over-the-top about this...just curious.) ANYHOO... This is a great read and I'm on to the next one!
Orson Scott Card is a master Sci FI author but
Call to Earth falls short of Enders game and the continuing books but is a fun read *Lee
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