I read Ender's Game about a year ago and stumbled upon Speaker for the Dead looking for an audio book to listen to while I work. I think both books are well written and are a great look at the humanistic perspective. In conjunction with the previously stated, Speaker for the Dead highlights interesting scientific implications especially with biology and ecology on other planets. One thing I did find slightly annoying about the audio book was the dramatic tone one of the orators used. I thought she ruined a few moments because she took things overboard. Otherwise I definitely recommend Speaker for the Dead on audio book.
Above anything I have ever Read.
People, this is one of the books the whole human race needs to read. The lessons in this book are really how we should be treating each other and a human race. I am NOT a Church going person, do not remember the last time I stepped in one. So the other reviews that complain on the sermons are just off base. This book is about some much more.
If you are looking more a continuation of Ender's Game, this is not it. This book it and sequels deal more with political, geo political, metaphysical and philosophical teachings. In todays society of absolute compliance, this story brings in a much more tolerant society.
Ender dives down into the Root Source of each problem and helps people see both sides of a story. If we as a society could do this, the world would be a greater place.
I read Ender's Game in print, but this sequel I "read" through Audible. It's very hard to compare experiences as the books are so different, but it was a comparable experience for me.
I first read Ender's Game maybe five years ago, and immediately found myself wanting to get all of the sequels. But, I read some reviews online and they turned me off of them. Years later my curiosity was still there, but I am so busy with school (returning college student) that I wanted something to listen to, because if I'm sitting down and reading an actual book right now, it's a textbook. So, this was actually my first ever fiction audio book. Anyway, as many others have pointed out, Ender is at a very different point in his life in this book, and it certainly has a very different feel. With that being said, I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the experience of listening to the story being told. I have the attention span of a gnat, so occasionally I had to hit the (back) button because I realized I had drifted off. But, in general I found this to be a very pleasurable way to "read" a book, and I enjoyed the content of the book itself.
Another stellar installment in the Ender saga this book is my favorite installment in the series. Card is an amazing author and if you love the Sci-fi genre this is a must read.
I had never really been captivated by an audiobook before this one. The writing is incredible, the story is cosmic, but the voice actors, the readers- they did such a good job! The change up between voices made listening easy and kept it from getting monotonous. I enjoyed this cover to cover as it were.
Good mystery with a moral. The reading is done by three different people with no apparent reason. Also, there was strange ambient music in the background unnecessarily and somewhat annoyingly at times.
As expected speaker for the dead was a solid story rom Orson Scott Card. However, the narration left much to be desired. For reasons I can't quite understand the Audio publisher opted to use multiple narrators, using them interchangeably for no apparent reason. it is my belief that they had intended to shift the narrative from one character to the next however that's not at all what happened with the end result. Instead what was heard was a confusing mixture of different narrators some of which seemed very poor. if you're going to try to publish an audio book with some sort of theatrical flair then consistency would be advised. and there was one particular female narrator that seemed as if maybe this was her first day reading a book, Azhar Annunciations were stilted inter technique felt as if somebody was reading they book aloud in a high school classroom. Overall the story was great and the narration served its purpose but the choices they made with narration we're jarring at best.
....But, as usual, the narration is it's own worst enemy. You have to be able to tolerate a lot of different Readers/Narrators...I say readers because there is one woman in the book who shouldn't be reading anything except stories to her kids. I could read a book far bettttter than she can.
The credit above only lists the two men reading...there's a few women too. One is a regular in many OSC books. She's VERY syrupy, but still ok, but the other woman...oye. The editing is erratic as often happens in OSC books. In one chapter early on one of the male narrators is narrating, when the sound suddenly changes and one of the female Readers is suddenly playing opposite the male. It lasts for maybe a minute, then the sound changes again and it's just the male narrator again....damn that's annoying. I've never understood why OSC can't just stick with Scott Brick/David Birney, and Stefan(always the best) Rudnicki. I'd buy more of his books for sure. Several OSC books are unlistenable because of the horrible edits and readers etc.... So far though, This book has grabbed me and won't let go...bad readers and all....
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
I must admit that the Ender series is one of the best I have ever read or heard. This book is just as successful as the previous Ender books. The events occur much later in Ender's life when he is no longer heralded as the great warrior. Instead, he emerges as a person most able to understand the meaning of each person's life. Even the "bad guys" are on Ender's radar as possessing some good traits or at least there's an explanation of the reasons for how their lives turned out. It speaks well to the benefit of a society that is not overly judgmental and carries a message apropos to all ages. I highly recommend this book and all of the books by Orson Scott Card. His strength is that even though there are dozens of books in many different series, the author is uniquely able to keep them completely in sync with each of his other stories. Very rarely, if ever, does he create even a line that is contradicted in another of his works. This trait makes the stories more believable, even if they are science fiction.