Far too long and far too boring to really grab me. I was simply expecting too much after reading Ender's Game, which I rated as my favorite to date. While the story is interesting at times, it's simply not good enough to go on and on and on...
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Speaker of the Dead is a wonderful companion to Ender's Game. It can be read without reading Ender's Game...but I suggest starting with Ender's Game. Speaker for the Dead is not as fast paced as Ender's Game...but it is just as powerful. It is filled with a wide array of political, religious, scientific, and extraterrestrial ideas. If you have not read it...get it today!
I greatly enjoyed Ender's Game but wondered how Card could follow up. Speaker for the Dead is better, and Xenocide better yet. I never read science fiction better than this. Everything Card writes is spellbinding, yet he is not a great wordsmith; it's all in the story and the playing out of the concepts. I never read the abridged stuff, only the original works. Also, all the Card books are brilliantly done with a multiple cast. Some reviewers complain about the quality of the acting, but nothing distracts me from the story. This is a great book by a wonderful original writer.
I enjoyed this book very much. The readers are very good and the story is very entertaining. I found this book much deeper than the first Ender book. I recommend it to all.
While I really appreciate the psychological voice of Ender's Game and the story & characters make for a very strong work of sci-fi, Speaker for the Dead is something else altogether. Despite the science fiction trappings -- they play only a background mechanical role -- this story is driven by emotional tension and transformation unlike most other's in this dewey decimal neighborhood. This is a story about the honesty and empathy we need to live together, not just with other people, but with life -- that domination over it isn't the end game (forgive me). For me, it casts some light into the void Daniel Quinn masterfully poses in Ishmael -- what can a new story of mankind be?
I was taken by the richness of language and honesty of dialogue here. Card's time as a Brazilian missionary clearly tuned his ear to the beauty of the Portuguese tongue. His time with Ender lets him tell the truth, no matter who is speaking. The narration is mostly superb, using an array of pros to emphasize perspective. It was so great to hear Valentine again. After comparing notes with a friend who read the printed version, I think the Portuguese was a bridge to the story for the listener but it may have been a barrier for the reader. Finished it in just a few days and now can't wait to continue with Xenocide. Ho Orson!
If you enjoyed psychology class, sociology class, comparative religions, etc.... you'll like this book. It's a study of the tangled relationships, attitudes and morals of a small colony of humans that have settled on a planet where an indigenous species of intelligent life resides; the first intelligent alien life that humans have encountered since the Bugger wars 3000 years ago.
This book is quite different from ENDER'S GAME. It isn't an action/adventure book with detailed descriptions of battle sequences. Rather it's an examination of our "human-centric" thought processes.
Very slow start...found myself bored. But then, things happen and the story becomes interesting. The first third, I simply perservered because I didn't want to miss anything from this series, but it held its own the last two. Of the four stories that chronicle Ender, this was my least favorite...not bad, by any means, but a total departure from the first book, pacing and theme-wise. Critical read, however, if you want to read Xenocide and Children of the Mind (which I recommend) as this one lays it all out for those two. To simplify, Ender's Game stands on its own. Speaker, Xenocide, and Children are basically one long story across three books.