Children of the Mind

Orson Scott Card, Author, Gabrielle De Cuir, Read by, John Rubinstein, Read by
Orson Scott Card, Author, Gabrielle De Cuir, Read by, John Rubinstein, Read by , read by a full cast. Audio Renaissance $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59397-484-8
Reviewed on: 09/04/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006

Nothing mars this straightforward, solid production of the final book in Card's Ender series. Every narrator conveys his or her character's personality with nuance and realism. The fleet sent to destroy Lusitania is about to arrive and all the planet's denizens are scrambling. They rush to colonize new worlds, to save two intelligent species from extinction, to try to stop the fleet, to find the creators of the Descolada virus (a threat to all living things) and to find a way for the computer entity Jane—whose faster-than-light travel makes all the other goals possible—to survive shutting down the network that sustains her. Children is philosophical about the purpose and meaning of intelligent life, the interconnectedness of all things and the power of love. These weighty topics could easily sound corny in less skilled hands, but the text is saved by the honest and emotional narration by Gabrielle De Cuir, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, Amanda Karr and David Birney. Light touches of music and special effects for the aliens blend seamlessly into the flow of the production. High quality work all around. (Reviews, July 22, 1996) (July)

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