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©1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2000 Audio Renaissance
"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)
This is even talkier than Speaker For the Dead, but no less riveting for those who enjoy the Ender Wiggin series beyond just the boy soldier theme. It's compelling listening.
That is, until certain passages involving the people of the world of Path come in. How could a producer possibly not realize how offensive the Chinese accents are? The Mr. Moto and Charlie Chan actors of old might feel that the accents were a bit much. This isn't a matter of political correctness, it's a matter of bad choices, irritating accents and a bizarre need to overlay the story with a sometimes thick and insulting accent. Kind of an Enderverse Jar Jar Binks.
Not a reason to not listen to this one. I loved it... maybe some day they'll re-record those bad passages.
this book is often very boring, and it features two storylines instead of one, however you cannot complete your ender series without it so it's worth the buy in that one reason, however as a lone book, not really worth it
I thought Card did a sensational job of story-telling with this book. The characters are developed further and the story is excellent. The books continue to get more philisophical and less action-oriented. Card's writing is able to pull it off well.
This book continues the story of Speaker and is as well written. The concepts might not be as original as what was established in speaker, and, yes, it has a lot more family business, philosophy and theology. While that may turn off some, it didnt bother me at all.
The only gripe I have is that some thing actually are solved too easy and too fast and very often conclusions were too obvious. On the other hand there were some nice little twists I havent expected.
Anyway, I always was eager to hear how the story continues when I had to pause it. And now I am eager to hear how the story continues and concludes in the last book of the series.
Reading some of the other reviews I wonder, if they heard a different recording. I found neither the chinese voices nor the voice of the hive queen annoying at all. The different voices helped to seperate the characters without being too exaggerated. The hive queen sure is a little strange, but her part is very small.
Nothing is perfect, but both the book and the reading of it comes closer to five stars than it comes to four.
I've been waiting a while to get this book because I liked the direction Scott took in Speaker for the Dead. With Xenocide, that direction continues with much less action and much more thought. Now, that said, the story does tackle a few too many issues. Overcoming a virus that can kill everything, okay, sure--standard sci-fi fare. Solving the problem of faster-than-light-travel, I guess I can buy that. Answering the meaning of life by uncovering the "true" religion, ENOUGH ALREADY! Xenocide contains a sub-plot on a planet with all Chinese, in a kind of neo-Confucian political system centered on a religious system no unlike the Taoism practiced in Taiwan. This is yet another book from a big author using Chinese Characters and settings--I guess it is a trend. Out of all I've seen so far, however, Card's treatment of Chinese is most shallow, coming off with very few redeeming values in the end. Also, the audio book readers always read the Chinese characters' dialogue with very cheap Chinese accents, reminding me of Hong Kong movies that show Westerners always speaking with really bad Chinese accents--really a bad move that only adds to the kind of stupid image imposed on the Chinese characters. I don't think this is Scott's intention, though.
This is one of a series of books written about the future and a group of people who grew up in it. It has some really good portrayals of what aliens might be like, but seems unrealistic when it comes to the inter-communications among species. It does get boring in many places with so much detail, but the plot is OK and the author does think out his characters pretty well. I didn't enjoy the series of books as much as I had hoped from reading the Audible write-ups, but it is OK and once you get through some of the boring stuff, you might like it. Don't bother with reading Children of the Mind. It is the most boring in the series and doesn't bring anything to the next in the series. It is mostly a discussion on theories with no substance.
there are elements of this book which are very interesting but to be honest there were times I was embarassed for Card. The writing is a little juvenile. It was almost like a child was telling the story at bedtime and you knew that this is not how the world works (in any time).
I loved "Ender's Game", but this book is a philosophical beating. There is so much dialog and so little action in this book that I found it hard to pay attention while listening. Its well written and well read by the narrator, but I felt mentally exhausted trying to understand the obvious philosophical undertones. Some people enjoy that, but I found it boring.
Now I've finished Number 3 in the Series and found that it sucked me in with soap opera like precision. I rated it in the middle because it it well written and spoken. I'm not fond of soap operas so the general format of the story was boring at time to me yet it was good enough to keep my attention. The stories' continuity with the other books is well done and the Fleet still hasn't gotten to Enders new and final home. Please remember this is really only part of the story. You MUST get "Children of the Mind" to Complete it.
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