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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)
As a sci-fi book, I really enjoyed it, but the delving into (and rather unnecessary rabbit trail) that was the exploration of Mormon philosophy/theology, drew from my overall view of the book. I understand Card felt it essential for the back story, if you will, but it would have been a better book, as Ender's Game was, without hoisting this particular petard. Still, if you can endure a chapter or two of nonsensical ranting, the rest of the story is great, as a story. Compelling, entrancing, and continually making you want to know what happens next. I give it a four overall, of five.
Side note: some might feel having multiple readers distracting, and in the first book, till I got used to it, so did I. But then it grew on me, and for the most part, it works.
Another awesome book by card. I love Enders universe! There were some very cool surprises in this book. If you love Enders universe as much as I do then this is a must read.
The narrators were amazing as well. I love the way it switches from person to person. I especially like the female voices.
I have no opinions on the story as a whole in regards to what should or could be changed. The Ender Quartet has definitely tapered off in interest after Speaker for the Dead, and this story itself is hard to follow with all of the made up science being explained in depth.
Definitely not - I have listened to a few audiobooks performed my multiple narrators, and they are consistently inconsistent.
I personally cannot stand listening to audiobooks that are attempting to be audio plays. They are never consistent - you cannot keep track of who is performing as which character, some chapters will have one narrator performing as all characters, some chapters will have multiple narrators performing as different characters each. The random music accompaniment should also be cut, because it really has no additional affect on the story - it seems to be inserted at random moments, and is not necessary. Also, a bunch of white people impersonating a pseudo-Chinese accent is horrible to listen to, as is a female narrator impersonating a fake deep male voice.
Wow, robots are less monotone and cary more emotion in their voice than the first narrator. And what is with the huge pause between each word? It is like a bad imitation of William Shatner.
I have come to LOVE this series. The performance in all three books so far has been amazing. I listen while I work and the day flys by so quickly. It's almost like having a 16 hour movie playing in my head. But not only is it a good listen, it makes you think and begs you to keep listening. This book in particular, to me questioned theology, religion, faith, and science. Which I loved, because even tho the book is over I'm still thinking about it and the questions it posses. I can't wait for my next credit to get "Children of the mind"!
I loved Ender's Game. Speaker for the Dead was decent as well, but not as good. As I listened to Xenocide, I did my best to convince myself that I liked it. I made it to about the 2/3 mark and gave up. The story is meandering, preachy, and frustrating, and most of the characters make you want to strangle them. I can also do without the healthy serving of religious gospel Orson Scott Card seems intent on shoving down my throat, thank you very much. I will not be buying any more of this author's works.
I can see how this could be made into a film but it would lose its philosophical soul. Lots of really interesting things to think about now. When is sanity madness and vice versa? When is it ok to wipe out a species? Who are you, actually? Enjoy.
I loved this story, a fantastic continuation to the engrossing Ender series. Highly recommended. Keeps you engrossed till the end.
I have listened to this book many time. I always say "I'll never listen to it again" because of the ending. But when I listen to the ender books, I always come back to this one. And at the end, tears come from my eyes.
"GREAT - Big ideas"
It's long and sometimes drawn out and dialogue outweighs the action but it's easy to see why; this book contains a lot of big ideas.
It feels like a philosophical dialogue between characters. Often it's hard to know where we are as there is little description, we are often reliant on the previous book "speaker for the dead" to give us insights into the local.
However the dialogue does go somewhere and the ideas explored make for a satisfying read. Narration is broken up between different actors and on the whole this works well only occasionally distracting. I feel this is an ambitious and important science fiction novel and I enjoyed the journey and look forward to reading the second part, "children of the mind".
"Food for thought"
Really injoy the reading story and thought behind this book.. A look into the human condition the flaws the hope we all have as a spices. What can be accomplished if we think outside the box no and again
"Great book, awfull portuguese."
This book is amazing, could not stop listening, and the interpretation is also nice. But as a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, it was painful to listen to any Portuguese spoken on the book, most was beyond recognition. I had to wait the English translation to understand what they wanted to say. The characters names in Portuguese were also very badly spoken, hard to match with any normal names in Brazil.
"The series just keeps getting better!"
I love the Ender series. The books are very different in story and tone, but they still fit together very well and are always of excellent quality!
The truth of the previous books, revelation, considered and explained at length. To some it might be tiresome and laboured...but to those who have truly 'lived' the intricate weave of what has gone before...This can only be a be a delightful enlightenment,
"A worthy listen"
This is the third in the "Ender" series, coming after Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead. This outing is a bit slower and a lot wordier than its predecessors, taking the time to discuss various philosophical ideas and to expand on the relationships of the many diverse characters. Orson Scott Card's skill at writing and depth of thought allows him to pull off the philosophical concepts that are woven into the fabric of the storyline convincingly and there is no sense of contrivance to the events that flow out of it. All the characters are excellently developed, and Ender is seen to be more human, faltering in his relationship with his wife (mad as a box of frogs) and suffering from self-doubt and the physical return of some of his childhood ghosts. This book got too long to be published as one and was split to accommodate the finale, Children of the Mind that I am looking forward to greatly. The same team of narrators as in the previous books perform to their usual excellent, crisp standards.
"Disappointing and Long Winded"
After listening to and thoroughly enjoying the first 2 Ender Books (Game and Speaker for the Dead) I had high expectations. Unfortunately this book did not meet it. It meandered along and never really hit any high points except in the very last section. Card never really comes to the point and his dialogue is simply too long winded. Even Card himself with the short epilogue literally apologises and builds up the next book! But...hopefully this is just a glitch and to show my willing commitment I've already selected Children of the mind as my Next Listen!
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