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"Thought-provoking, insightful, and powerfully written." (School Library Journal)
"As a storyteller, Card excels in portraying the quiet drama of wars fought not on battlefields but in the hearts and minds of his characters." (Library Journal)
For the first time since using the audible site I truly regret purchasing an audio book. Xenocide is the worst audio book I have listened to. I was so disgusted with the horrible narration that I could barely make it past part one. The almost offensive Asian accent, the annoying voice of the Hive Queen, the
insentient droning of Valentine, cumulate into something that can only be classified as torture. This book is filled with pointless details, scientific dribble at best, and leaves you wishing you had not wasted the minutes of your life listening to such garbage. Do no buy this book, please do not buy this book.
It was a painful experience listening to this book. I would have stopped before I got to the end but I unfortunately also purchased Children of the Mind at the same time. There were long stretches of conversation which were so annoying that I wanted scream. Enjoy the first two books in the series and stop because you will ruin those stories if you listen to this.
i'm logging in to write this review solely to complain about the narrators' asian accents. it's not a PC thing - they were just horrible. especially the woman who (mostly) did wang mu's voice. i don't know who gave that narrator positive feedback when she was developing that accent, but it's just awful.
i'm actually a fan of ethnic accents in audiobooks, when they're done well. it adds texture to the reading. that didn't happen here. the use of an overblown poorly-wrought caricature to emote and speak seriously...or for any reason, really, was a major detractor to this audio book. i actually thought the story was awesome, and i really appreciated the deep ontological thinking that card clearly invested in this series. but i really cringed every time that woman started talking again in that chinese accent.
i guess i'd still have to say it's worth buying this, just for the actual writing, but if you can read it instead, do so!
This book is set in the Enderverse, but the actual story-line is secondary to the philosophical musings and debates presented by Orson Scott Card. He introduces an interesting new world and set of characters to supplement the story, but it still comes secondary to the philosophy.
Yes, but probably not in continuation of this series. He has interesting story concepts, but the farther along his books have gotten from "Ender's Game" the less the books have to do with the actual story or characters. I am interested in listening to "Ender's Shadow" since it is supposed to be a parallel story to "Ender's Game."
More so than not, but I likely won't listen to it again.
First, I must say this is a beautiful story, however Card's view of chinese culture is unrefined. His view seems filtered through the lens of old kung fu movies and western culture.
I believe Card's view could be overlooked, but the accents placed on the chinese characters is horrible. If Chinese are speaking chinese to eachother, why did they sound like horrible imitations speaking english. Great book if you are not offended.
There were several, but not always for the same characters. It was distracting. The Chinese accents were as bad as black face on a white actor. The melodrama of the females was horrible.
The story wasn't bad. I feel that with better performances, I would love it.
Conversations with the hive queen. Anything to do with Path.
The story of Path is completely non-essential to the story of philotes. Gotten rid of Path.
The actions the humans take after the reader discovers what happens to Keen.
Not read children of the mind.
The religious intertwining could have been done better, the physics are decent, and the discussion of an intelligent virus seems the most well thought out and the debates are very enjoyable.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
It brought the series to a close. That was a good thing I suppose. The Speaker for the Dead was better than Xenocide. Most issues were resolved except for one annoying thing which I don't want to go into because it will give away some of the story.I wish I had some good things to say about the book but unfortunately I have to be honest and say that if you are a huge Ender fan you can get this book and maybe enjoy it; otherwise, I'd recommend passing on it.
Han Tzu (sp?) because he had the courage to see the truth when it was presented to him. He could have clung on to his delusions the way his daughter did but he was courageous enough to see and recognize the hard truth.
Par for the course. Most of the narrators gave solid performances. Some people complained about the Chineese accents but how else can you speak English with a Chineese accent? This is how almost every Chinese or Japaneese person I've ever heard speak English spoke. The narrators are not of Oriental descent and I think they did an admirable job.
Yes. It involved Jane and how it showed her convictions a little better. I can't say more without giving away parts of the story.
Yes, Once Han Tzu's daughter refused to see the truth clearly she should have been dropped from the story. I was annoyed especially by the way she kept being quoted later on in the book as if she was some wise person when she was a brat without proper respect for people.
The readers are excellent.
The entire story.
They bring excitement and draws you into the story completely.
I could not stop listening!!!
Everyone should read the entire series of Ender's Game.
This was just an epic disappointment after two very strong showings in Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. The story is disjointed and lacks any sort of plan or flow. Way too much philosophy, and this book probably could have been written in half as many pages. The pace just seems to drag along, and you spend half the time contemplating skipping entire swaths of the book that are just pointless. I've only quit one series before finishing the whole thing, and I'm about to quit this one. It is just painful to listen to. Speaking of which, the naration is painfully bad as well.
Save your money, skip the book. Quit after Speaker for the Dead, read the plot summary off of Wikipedia, and the Ender series will not leave you feeling disappointed.
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