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Audiobook Review for Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

 

For the longest time, I felt guilty as I listened to this book for feeling like I enjoyed this book more than Ender’s Game.  Then Card said himself this was the book.  I felt much better.  Where Ender’s Game was a wonderful story that explored a fascinating premise, Speaker for the Dead had a depth and context that I feel exceeds it’s predecessor.

In terms of audiobooks, I did notice that instead of having a single narrator or a male/female narrator for certain POV chapters, this was closer to a radio reenactment.  The constant shifting from man to woman narrator jarred me a little.

I think the most compelling aspect of this book regarded the idea that everyone has at least one redeeming aspect about them.  It’s heartbreaking every bit as often as heartwarming.  I couldn’t wait to download Children of the Mind once it was finished.

Speaker isn’t an action book.  There are no battle sequences or fast-paced fights.  It’s a well-done drama.  I don’t think I’d feel as strongly about this book if I hadn’t read Ender’s Game, so I recommend anyone looking to try out the series do that.  I won’t go so far as to say the book loses it’s interest if you don’t read Ender’s Game.  I only assert that I have a stronger investment in the plot and characters having read it.

Speaker offers readers and incredibly touching sequel that pulls the heartstrings.  In my opinion, it’s the best of Card’s work.

Audiobook Review The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

 

I was introduced to Peter V. Brett when I read “Mud Boy” as part of the Unfettered Anthology.  One of the things I love most about audiobooks is that they allow me to increase how many books I can go through.  I don’t read nearly as much as I like, but the power of audiobooks allows me to try out new authors and keep up with series I love.  I use them to refresh my memory before a new book in a series comes out too.

So I read “Mud Boy” and thought the world was interested.  Then I listened to “The Warded Man.”  Let me be absolutely clear about something regarding Peter V. Brett.  He is the best in the business when it comes to character.  He’s better than Martin.  I said better, and I didn’t blink when I said it.  Every story Brett brings to life gives more depth and sympathy to every character, and “The Skull Throne” is no different.

Like the rest of the series, The Skull Throne takes a character and expands on it, in this case Ashia.  We don’t miss anything from any on the other characters we love, but I have to stop there as this book is full of spoilers.

“The Daylight War” left me angry due to the cliffhanger.  I’m not a fan of those personally.  Skull Throne literally picks up where that left off and has a more satisfying ending.  Of course it’s not the end of the series, but it gives the reader a better resting place.  I anticipate Brett getting more and more readers, which means more and more people clamoring for him to finish the next book.  I’m personally upset I can’t travel forward in time to find out what happens next.

This book provides answers to questions posed in Daylight War, then turns everything on its head.  Hold on to your seats, because this book has everything you could want, including a few shocking twists.  I was hooked from the beginning, but this book made it impossible to wait for the next.