It's really a very different story than Ender's Game, but Speaker for the Dead is every bit as great. In some ways, greater. If you loved Ender's Game, but more specifically if you love Ender, I highly recommend following more of his story with this book. NOTE: Before reading this one, first I recommend you read Ender in Exile which takes place immediately after the events in Ender's Game. It goes a long way to fill you in on what's happening in Speaker for the Dead.
Having just read Ender's Game, I was expecting a totally different book. I expected a continued story of Ender's brilliance at strategy and war. Instead, this was a completely different book, as if written by someone else. But once it got to the meat of the story it was just as exciting and fun.
absolutely love this story ... the whole ender series is amazing ... this book goes so far in depth at who Ender Wiggin is and how he affects those around him.
I didn't care for all the different voices used to read the book, however. to me it would have made sense to have different voices for different characters... but it was if everyone was reading a chapter and then passing it to the next person ...and there were occasionally background sounds that I found confusing ... mystical vibe noises that, to me, didn't seem to signify anything in particular.
overall it didn't ruin the story one bit...it just stood out as odd to me is all.
it kind of started off a bit slow and I felt like for the first few chaoters I didn't quite understand everything that was happening. but then it started to get interesting with a few unexpected events that gave it a very appealing sense of mystery that made me want to keep going and find out all the answers to my questions.
I also really liked the message about having empathy and understanding for people that are different from you.
This is a great, classic book and an outstanding (though very different) sequel to Ender's Game.
The overall presentation was pretty good, but I found the frequent shifting between narrator's somewhat off-putting. I've seen other books work well with multiple narrators, but here the shifts seemed too frequent and the narration jarringly different.
This is one of the most thought-provoking sci-fi audiobooks I have listened to because even now, months after I finished listening, I think about what people say about the lives of the dead. What a novel concept to consider the life from the point of dead person.
Ender and his diligence to tell accurate stories.
It is hard to pick one scene. I liked the flow/journey of discovery that Ender endured to come to the point where he could speak for the dead in the context of their entire lives, good bad, mundane, extraordinary events in everybody's life.