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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)
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.
Sculptor and costumer
i do not think this is a book you can pick memorable moments with. this is a build up and continuation of a great epic story of Andrew Wiggin, Lusitania, the Pequeninos and all the other characters, plots and subplots in the series.
Quara's vehemence that the Descolada is a sentient species and that it deserves understanding and preservation. I see so much parallel between the Ribeira family and the interaction of the virus. The idea that one of the children of Novinha, who lost her parents and subsequent father figure and lover to the Descolada, could defend it shows Card's understanding of family structures, and human behavior.
I really did enjoy this book. I think Card's handling of the philosophical, ethical, humanistic elements of this series was really well done. I agree with one of the other reviewers in that this series is something of a place to escape, and any one of the books can transport you immediately away and into the Enderverse.
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.
YES - loved the Hive Queens conversations with Human
The various actos portraying characters made for more memorable experience
The Hive Queen
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.
By far more a philisphicol book than Speaker and obviously way more than Ender's Game.
I actually skipped several chapters and felt like I didn't miss much. I suggest hiring asian actors for the asian roles, the accents were tough to listen to and the voice of the Hive was just weird (almost silly).
A good conclusion to the trilogy, but continues the departure from action as Speaker did when compared to EG. But it was worth it to know what happened to good old Ender.
I absolutely loved the first two installments: Ender's Game and Speaker For the Dead. But this third book overreaches in both the narrative and the narration. As I was listening to the book I thought that Card was biting off much more than he could chew. There were far too many characters, too many confused themes, many of which were in conflict with one another, and the plot was all over the place and full of obvious holes. For example, if Jane could monitor and control all ancible communications, she had many more options available to her than just the ones considered by the characters in the story.
When I found out that this was actually a book that had nothing to do with Ender Wiggin and that Card had stuck the characters in later, it suddenly became clear to me why this effort was so much less satisfying than the first two.
I don't think I will go on and listen to any of the remaining books in the series. I've had a vision of Card's devolution, and based on the listener ratings of his other books I suspect he never regains the excellence of Ender's game and Speaker For the Dead.
I loved the first two books in the series, and the actual storyline of this book was to an extent good. I also didn't have any real problems with the various accents used in narration either; there are many characters and storylines so distinct accents are helpful in keeping the story in context.
However, the author took side trips to nowhere that were really self indulgent for the author and pointless to the reader, and seemed more to want to convince the reader of his own view of the creation of the universe than to tell the continuing story of Ender and the circumstances in his life. In the end, I felt like I was listening to a recorded internal debate, not a fictional story. The author's personal ramblings went on and on until I literally found myself groaning out loud and begging for the diatribe to end.
If the author had simply stuck to the story telling and less to the lecturing on his own personal view of what "life is" this would have been an enjoyable listen, as it stands...it can only be described as good in places, painfully boring at times, and grating on the nerves at other times.
If it helps, Children of the Mind (the next in the series) has the same ramblings but not quite as bad.
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