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I won't rehash what's been said about the book itself already; if you liked Ender's Game, you MUST read Ender's Shadow. And I do mean read, not listen. This was the first audiobook I ever stopped listening to halfway through because it was so aggravating.
First off, the narrator seems to be whispering most of the time, and turning up the volume might cause your speakers to blow or eardrums to bleed when he does speak loudly. Also featured in the production is a fellow with such a deep voice he puts James Earl Jones to shame. I believe he narrated Ender's Game as well, and I didn't like him then either.
Secondly, having read the actual book before, I can say without any doubt that this abridged version is a real hatchet job. Authors normally abridge their own works, so I can't imagine why Card would cut out so many key scenes of his story. Without giving anything away, gone is Bean living with Sister Carlotta, gone is Bean's first meeting with Petra, gone is the whole initial exploration of the air vent along with the explanation as to why Bean is doing unusual excercises...
It was at this point that I gave up out of sheer frustration. Read the book!
71 of 73 people found this review helpful
I've actually read this book before. It is an awesome book and the audio is okay but the abridgement cuts out segments about some subjects while leaving them in later. Certain sections of the bookmake no sense because they randomly drop parts of conversations between people or events but not the thought process afterwards.
the listen is still pretty good. The book itself is great
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