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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)
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.
The story wasn't nearly as gripping as others in the Ender series, including the original, the Shadow series, or raven Speaker for the Dead. The characters didn't seem as believable, and more focus was on emotion and religion than intelligence or strategy.
Regarding the production, this producer has a very weird penchant for throwing in musical interludes seemingly randomly during narration. It's never the end of a scene, or even a particularly important portion of the scene compared to the rest of the scene ... it's just *Music Time!* (and bad music, at that). It's also sometimes jarring when they decide to use multiple actors over a single actor for multiple roles. In the middle of a scene they'll switch from a single actor voicing all roles to multiple actors doing their parts. Very weird.
The actors are all excellent, though.
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There were four major, separate conflicts, all of which were resolved via a Deus Ex Machina at the end. Also, the ending wasn't much of an ending, expecting you to pick up the next book to get any closure.
Love the philosophical discussions that happen in this book. The voice used for gloriously bright is mildly racist/stereotyped and that takes away from the story a bit but still great performances for everything else
It is a fault of mine that once I read a great book by a great author, I almost can't believe that the next book in the series will be as good as the previous one. However, Orson Scott Card delivers again. Xenocide continues the story between Ender Wiggin and the piggies on Lusitania. I enjoyed every sentence and hope that the next book in line is as good.
I have no quarrels with the narrators, they all did an excellent job. Really, a good narrator(s) only make the story more enjoyable.
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