Not better, simply a different experience. When I read the book, I created the sounds of the humans, the piggies and the Hive Queen. I liked doing that and got a great deal out of it.
In listening to the narrators, some of the intonations and emphases were very different from mine, but were nevertheless, creative and made the story come alive.
Oh, this is wonderful story about acceptance of difference, forgiveness, faith, the limits of understanding, and star flight, alien planets and their life forms, the power of instantaneous communication and love.
I liked the mystery of the death of Pipo and Libo and Marcao being unfolded. I liked the development of and collapse of relationships between all the living beings on Lusitania. I liked the consistency of how star travel affects the age of the traveller and their relationship with those who remain land based.
I liked Ender and Jane, I liked Human and the Hive Queen, my heart reached out to Miro and Novinha.
It was such a good story just in itself, and the issues that come to the surface enriched my reading/listening
The slight alterations used to represent the various significant characters was easy to follow. I was impressed with their Portuguese too.
If only I could have stayed awake that long!
OSC says in his comments after the story that this was his idea of the original Ender book and that all the others (and I think there are 15) are simple pre- or se- quels to it. I can understand what he means by this - it is a beautifully crafted story that is very cleverly and closely developed. It works as a stand alone book, but is better when read/listened to in sequence.
Card uses fiction to talk about the way we treat each other without being heavy handed and obnoxious about it. Beyond that he writes an interesting story that is engaging and worthwhile in its own right.
I give this book 4 stars as it was a good continuation of the story. Mr. Card picks this as his favorite book due to the symbolism and morality told in this story.
Destruction or a new society. Is it worth the risk?
The marvelous performance and story managed to keep me glued to the ear buds.
Yes, because I like to relisten after a while to refresh my memory.
Ender, because he is a complex character that is both wise, but human.
Performance was well done.
No, my schedule doesn't allow for a one sitting session.
A much deeper book than Ender's Game. The book delves into more complex topics than Ender's Game.
I purchased the audio versions of Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide to help survive a long flight and am glad I did. The audio books are quite good in terms of the voices although they can be a little slow in my opinion. I've read the books before...a long time ago in high school... but was reminded just how brilliant OSC is and how amazing these books are. I'm in the middle of Xenocide now and I also like it but sometimes the voices they use for the Hive Queen and the Piggies can be annoying. Still the audible versions are more than satisfying and I'm wishing I good give a huge hug to that kid in high school who shoved Ender's Game into my hands.
Interesting, tears, thoughtful
Ender was my favorite character. He has an amazing interaction with the other characters. He's developed as a character since Ender's Game, in a good way. His introduction in to the family was touching.
When he meets the children it was touching to see how he dealt with each of them. I also enjoyed the ending.
His last time with Human.
This is a great book. It's hard to comment on your favorite moments without giving away too much of the plot. It was hard to stop listening I was so wrapped up in the plot.
Overall the narration is excellent. Although why so many narrators. Some of the narrators were jarring to the story and took me out of the reading. Two readers would have been plenty.
The Ender's Game series is one of my all-time favorites, and i have read them all many times. I downloaded the audio version of this to listen to on a road trip with my boyfriend, who had read the first book and wanted to read the second book.
I had misgivings as to whether the audio version would do it justice, and i must say, i have been very pleasantly surprised! The narrators gave different and convincing inflections to different characters' voices, and did excellently with the bits of Portuguese.
The story is wonderfully written-- for such a vast cast of characters, Card manages to imbue each of them with unique and deeply complex personalities of their own; and over the course of the story they each grow and develop.
This is a story that you can't help but be immersed in, that gives voice to some of the deepest aspects of what it is to be human.
I have given copies of this book as well as Ender's Game to many people, and would highly recommend it to anyone, even if ypou don't consider yourself a science fiction fan!
Intelligent Imaginative Detailed
Finding out why the piggies did what they did to Pebo.
Can you handle the truth?
I enjoyed the book very much. It did a real good job of painting a picture of a universe that could actually be out there. Card has a great, reasonable imagination of what a future universe could be like. The growth of Ender was interesting. If you read Ender's Game you have to read this book. It gives you all you need to know about all the key characters in how their futures have panned out.
I liked the overall story as much as Enders' Game, which I really enjoyed. The first two thirds didn't seem to involve Ender much and with all the foreign names was hard to follow at times, especially with so many readers. I really like Scott's characters, and how he seems to make you relate to them.