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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)
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 liked all the previous books in the series, but this one? zzzzzzzzz. Card was able to stretch this short story into a great novel and great series, but this one was a stretch too far.
I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.
I take your reviews seriously. And so, I am writing to you in all seriousness. I believe you will be better off listening to Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, then quitting this series. Why? A myriad of reasons, but let me name a few:
First, the Catholic dogma in Xenocide is absolutely grating on one's intellect, patience, and the storyline. There must be several hours of this audiobook where we have to endure the perturbations and guilt of fictional Catholics struggling to find a symbiotic relationship between faith and science. Moral dilemmas in this book are (unfortunately) religious first, and ethical second.
The book does not finish the story that the author spends 3/4 of the text developing. Even as an audio book it is a slog to finally reach the story apex, only to find out that the main storyline is sidetracked (until the next book) for some sideshow ending that will not be brought up again in the sequel.
Last...I must admit that I cannot stomach the incessant arguing and bickering that the characters do as they jockey for position, mother love, deal with personal guilt, and massage over-developed egos. It was, in truth, a bore.
Save your credits for something that the author intended to write, not something he mashed together to make this a series (originally) a trilogy (his words, not mine). It became a quartet only for the sake of garnering more sales. Xenocide was never a planned part of the Ender story. That much is obvious!
I loved Ender's Game and Speaker (5 stars each) and I downloaded Xenocide and Children with great anticipation before I had even finished Speaker. Unfortunately, Xenocide is 5% plot and 95% philosophical ramblings on gods, servants, good, and evil. By the end, I found myself fast-forwarding through several passages, which I almost never do. Very disappointing!
Card is worth listening too.... maybe not the next book, but I've heard later in the series it gets a lot better. The narration of this is just a hot mess. It's like listening to a play that has no assigned roles. Everyone is constantly giving their impression of different characters.
HELL NO! This is a long, boring book. I can do long interesting books, I made it through all 5 G.O.T. books. There are some very interesting metaphysical insights, but the majority of the book is dull interpersonal relationships.
Easy, assign one character one voice. Don't change the reader more or less at random. I think they are trying to read it from whomever's point of view is? BUT it fails. It even gets border line racist with the bad Chinese accents being read by obviously not Chinese readers. Which is awful I can tell this from just listening. I didn't google any of the actors.
I just wouldn't have wasted everyone's time forcing this story onto this universe. The author even admits at the end this is 1/2 of a giant book. He says his idea orginally didn't even involve these characters, but his editor sold the "Ender's Trilogy" before the third book was even written. SO it's a long story that has characters forced Card's Metaphysical ideas put in to it.
After Ender's game I've been disappointed with the series. I've been told that later in the series it gets a lot better. Save your time, skip it.
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.
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