Ender's Game was a lot better in my opinion. This book really didn't feel like a sequel as much as it did a different story that happened to take place in the same universe, with the same main character - only about 20 years older and ~3000 years later. The Hive Queen was the only aspect of this that seemed to be a continuation of the previous book.
All in all, I think it was worth the read, it just wasn't what I expected from the previous book.
The "piggies" were cool, but it is hard to take a race of tiny bipedal pigs seriously.
I just bought the third book, and plan to read that soon.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, I think that this will be a very interesting series and will give me a lot to think about for years to come.
I recommend buying this book if you do not mind a slow-paced book.
I read that Mr. Card wrote "Ender's Game" as a prequel to this book so I wish to read this one as well. I read hardcopy the "Ender's Game" as part of training on adaptive thinking (it is part of the required reading for US Army Red Team). Then, I saw the movie. This book is much different in attitude from "Ender's Game" but it is a logical flow for a former 'veteran' dealing with guilt and regret (PTSD?) as well as having a new, ‘alien’ perspective on life. The author built some interesting threads here. However, I do not expect it to become a movie.
The production was very good as well.
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In the author’s commentary at the end of the audiobook, Orson Scott Card explains why he feels Speaker for the Dead is the book he really wanted to write when he set out to write Ender’s Game. I can’t imagine how one would set out to write the rich, humanistic tapestry of Speaker For the Dead and end up with Ender’s Game, one of the greatest military SF novels of all time yet so very different in so many ways. If you have not read or heard that the second book in the Ender’s Game series is absolutely nothing like the first book, here is your warning. This novel is set several thousand years after the events in Ender’s Game and Ender himself, thanks to the time deficit of traveling near light speed, has aged but only into his 30’s. There are no battle schools and the only battles fought are idealistic in nature. There is a deep, well written mystery to this novel that will keep you reading long after you realize there are no action or battle sequences to be had. I have known so many readers who were disappointed in this sequel to Ender’s Game but if you stick with it, I think Speaker for the Dead is actually a better, more meaningful book that explores the deeper themes introduced in Ender’s Game.
It's a Communication Thing
This story was well crafted. It started out without any apparent link to Enders Game and then it twisted back and was woven into one of the best stories I have ever encountered.
I liked Jane in this story. She is dynamic and develops as a teenager.
Well put together.
Trying to be good buddhist at life and at work... searching for good buddhist and bussines books.
If you like books with good story. With psychology, politics this is a books for you.
The begining of 3'th live of Human
any fan of classic sci fi will like the book.
yes, because the first book, in the series was narrated excellently. this was a surprising disappointment
they used like 5 different narrators and would randomly switch between them in the middle of chapters. took me awhile to catch on to what was happening and pulled me out of hte book.
the book content was fine, was the performance that suffered.
This sequel to Enders Game is like Enders Game, but not like Enders Game. Ender leaves his sister Valentine and finds his way to the distant human colony of Lusitania. My brain was exercised as I worked to form an understanding of the indigenous culture of Lusitania (piggies) from my own knowledge base and culture. The piggies turned out to be totally foreign in their method of reproduction, communication, and government. Yet, still, they had a thirst for knowledge, intelligence, and a desire to integrate human things into their lives. Their evolution was to continue, only now woven with the things of the humans. A good book for stretching my mind beyond my current conceptions
Most definitely. Ender is a very interesting character, with all his intelligence, relationships and torments are very interesting to follow. Orson Scott Card thought up very detailed worlds to share the philosophical discussions that are brought up. I am eager to listen to the next book in the series.
I really felt the emotion that came through in the story and the performance. You really identify and feel the emotion of the characters. You like Ender and the family comes to speak for.
There was weird '70s electronic music seemed to come in at odd times, which I cant make sense of...
Sometimes the obvious is hidden in plain view
I would rank Speaker among the top 5 of all of the audiobooks I've listened to so far
The only books that I could compare "Speaker" to would be it's successors (Xenocide and Children of the Mind). Most have said it's "nothing" like it's predecessor (Ender's Game) and this is very true. However, in my mind it truly is a better book than "Ender's Game".
My favorite scene in Speaker for the Dead has to be when Ender speaks Marcão's death. The range of emotions, the revelations and the reactions of people by those revelations...just wonderfully done. Favorite part of the book bar none!
"in death...lies TRUTH"
I truly LOVED "Ender's Game" when I read it (still do). So it was a NO BRAINER for me to pick up "Speaker for the Dead". I must say I was a little taken aback when I first started reading because I was like, "Okay...Am I reading the right book? Where's Ender?" But within a few chapters I was enthralled and by the end, with some extreme hesitation, I actually found myself saying, "I think I like this book even better than I liked 'Ender's Game'..." The two, in honesty, are not very much alike, but as one reviewer put it, "Speaker for the Dead is like a grown-up version of Ender's Game", which is a very true assessment. There are some hardcore fans of "Ender's Game" that I'm sure would find it sacrilegious to say "Speaker.." is better, which in honesty it's not. I personally "enjoyed" "Speaker" better than "Ender's Game", but honestly they're two different books by the same author about the same character and both very enjoyable in their own right.
I would recommend both the audiobook and book to girls, but only the book to guys. If you read through all of the reviews, a staggering number of guys mention how terrible of a performance the melodramatic female narrator gave. The women reviewers seemed to have not noticed it at all. Personally, her unnecessarily over-the-top performance ruined this audiobook for me. It certainly removed the last shred of "believability" from the story.
I don't mind that this is not a real sequel to Ender's Game. The plot does move slowly, but there's more depth to every line of the book.
Please, oh please, remove the female narrator from any future Sci-Fi jobs that don't require a woman dying over an 8 hour period while reflecting on her sad life. Everyone else was fantastic.