First, let me urge you to read "Ender's Choice" by Card before "Speaker". Then, you will be in sync with the background that drives Ender to continue as a Speaker for the Dead. The two books make up a great SciFi treat and if you like that sort of thing, this is for you!
This book is a fantastic read, post "Enders Game" there is a lot of non-english language which can be a little frustrating but if you continue past that the story does meld together very nicely.
I enjoyed this book just as much if not more than Enders Game, no doubt I'll get the whole series XM163 got me started with this book but they only give you 1/2 hr at a time and some days I missed some so had to buy the book but decided to start with Enders Game then got this one have listen to it 3 time so far am sure in my travels will listen more!
I am surprised how much acclaim this novel gets. It was good but not nearly as good as Ender's Game. It was an interesting book but I found myself getting bored at some points. Also there was an artificial feeling about this book. I could not get myself immersed into this book. I also did not think the Science was as sophisticated as Enders Game.
I have listened to about 30 audio books so far. This one is by far the most boring. The plot is almost non-existent and what plot is there is non-sensical. I love sci-fi, but this book is making me start to look in other categories. Also, If you are looking for action, you will find absolutely zero in this book. Also, the lack of plot continues to the end. There is no ending. It is hard to believe that this book is part of the Enders Game series.
At first i thought this book would be great. I mean it was from the same writer as Enders game. I was suprised to find it very slow and boring. I regret buying it. Don't make the same mistake i did!
I love reading and I'm always looking for authors I don't know yet who have written hundreds of books. ;)
One of the best things about Orson Scott Card's work, for me, is the depth of his insights into human psychology and Speaker for the Dead is a tour de force in this sense. In this novel, Card gives us a taste of what it feels like to save the world and live with the consequences when genocide is the way it was accomplished. It also deals with both obvious and subtle emotional reactions to one's identity being formed by acts performed without any knowledge of their consequences. It is a perfect metaphor for the psychological realities we all deal with in life on what is, for most people, a very grand scale. As such, it gives us each an opportunity to revisit our own decisions and unwitting actions, as well as our own perceived guilts and forms of redemption.
That there is also a brilliantly conceived and written first contact story here, to boot, is one of the things which makes this novel special and very precious to me.
I highly recommend this novel to people who want to push the envelope of their own perceptions of what right and wrong are, who the good and the bad guys are, and what responsibilities come with victory and/or power. It's great science fiction but it's also just great writing about what it means to be human.
If you enjoyed Ender's Game - give this one a miss - awful plot and none of the charm of the original - laughably bad in places - a great shame.
Another great chapter in the Ender seres. You find out what happens to Ender after his incounter at command school, and as a young man he finaly finds a place for him and the "Buggers".