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Children of the Fleet Audiobook

Children of the Fleet

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"The ideal presentation of any book of mine is to have excellent actors perform it in audio-only format." - Orson Scott Card

This program is read by Stefan Rudnicki and a full cast including Emily Rankin, Kirby Heyborne, Orson Scott Card, P.J. Ochlan, Gabrielle de Cuir, Richard Gilliland, Kristoffer Tabori, and Judy Young.

From Orson Scott Card, award-winning and Best-selling author of Ender's Game, his first solo Enderverse audiobook in years.

Children of the Fleet is a new angle on Card's Best-selling series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender's Shadow series.

Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonization, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies.

Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview.

Other Series by Orson Scott Card

Ender

#1 Ender's Game / #2 Ender in Exile / #3 Speaker for the Dead / #4 Xenocide / #5 Children of the Mind

Ender's Shadow

#1 Ender's Shadow / #2 Shadow of the Hegemon / #3 Shadow Puppets / #4 Shadow of the Giant / #5 Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)

#1 Earth Unaware / #2 Earth Afire / #3 Earth Awakens

©2017 Orson Scott Card (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Christopher 10-17-17
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    "Not his greatest work"

    Not a bad book, but it rang too close to Ender's Game. Could a been better

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    Peter Sydie 10-17-17
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    "Wonderfully complex book!"

    I love what Orson Scott Card added to the universe with this book. The new descriptions of Battle School (now Fleet School) both in the infrastructure and the battle rooms help me better picture how the school looked, and it has now redefined the way I see Battle School whenever I go back to re-listen to Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. The performance of the voice actors was amazing; I feel like they captured the emotions and ideas in the book perfectly. I hope the story continues, and hope more books become available as spoken word which, if I remember from one of Card's afterwords in another Enderverse book, is how the books were meant to be absorbed.

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    Jared 10-15-17
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    the voice work was spot on and required a thorough understand of the text which made it a very enjoyable listen. the story reminds me of just why I love cards shadow series more than just about any book.

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    John 10-15-17
    John 10-15-17 Member Since 2006
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    A story manufactured in the Ender Universe. Designed to be the 1st book in a trilogy. Knew this going in and still would've purchased. A Clever twist now and then would be nice

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 10-14-17
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 10-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Ender's Game (yawn)"

    First off, this full cast of narrators is ridiculous. It is absurd to have the same character voiced by different narrators, which is what we get here. Most of the time Stefan Rudnicki is the reader, and he does a fine job. Then for no appreciable reason, some chapters are read by a lady. So here you have the main character, Dabeet, voiced by both a man and a woman. It ends up being confusing, distracting, and annoying. You will notice a couple other voices appearing once perhaps, but a total of 8 distinct narrators? No, you will not be able to tell that there were that many different voices, so why have them?

    Then there's the story. Battle School is not needed anymore since there's no enemy. Fleet School is designed to create explorers and colonizers. The students there are the offspring of the Battle School kids who no longer fit in on Earth. They are not necessarily smarter or more clever than anyone else. The only box to tick on the application is lineage. Dabeet is a genius of uncertain parentage who gets in because he floods the system with applications and pleas for admission. He has no friends because he is so smart that he is arrogant and obnoxious. The other main characters are his mother, General Graff, 2 women in charge at Fleet School, and the students at Fleet School. In order to prove how smart Dabeet and these kids are, we have to plod through every single micro-thought just to illustrate that we normals could never produce such scintillating trains of thought nor make the conclusions they do. Ideas that take a split second to think are dragged out for long tedious minutes of self-satisfied conversation.

    The characters are thin and uninteresting. The only sparkle is a few references to Bean and Achilles, and of course, Ender. Some chapters are dull eye-rolling convos between General Graff and... um... actually, no idea who he is talking to.

    There are 2, count 'em, 2 scenes that should have been exciting--a kidnapping and a space explosion. They were not exciting. It's all just boring. Seven hours into this 11-hour book, when Achilles is first mentioned, there's a moment you think things are going to turn exciting, but wait, uh no.

    Ender Wiggin had to build a cohesive fighting team to beat the Formics. He had to overcome his size, his test scores, and the existing power order. Dabeet Ochoa is supposed to learn the qualities of a leader, in order to hopefully develop them, but instead he has to learn the kindergarden stuff-- how to work well with others, how to share, how to appreciate other people's contributions, all while learning how to not be a jerk (that's the polite word) about it. But these character developments are not fleshed out; we have no investment in being there. It's not interesting. It's not exciting.

    There's a big reveal at the end that you figure out in the beginning, so even that's a yawn.

    Presumably, this is the first in a series of The Next Generation where Dabeet has magically learned to be a team player and a leader. Card will have to seriously up his Game to make them relatable, enjoyable, or anywhere near exciting.

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