I would recommend to some but not others.
I liked Card's first book in the series, Ender's Game, better. I did like the more relational aspect of this book, though.
I like having two/multiple narrators of the book. It adds dimension. I enjoyed the feeling behind the narration. Subtle sighs and intonations help the listener really feel what Ender and other characters felt. You feel more involved.
A path to discovery in a world of stars.
Tell us about yourself!
What a story! This is my second listen in the series, and Im hooked. Love the way the performers enter the story. I look forward to the third book in the series although the reviews are mixed.
"Audible is the most efficient of high quality entertainment."
"Speaker for the Dead is the deeper story," says author Orson Scott Card, comparing it to his better known work "Ender's Game". Thus, for all the acclaim earned by "Ender's Game", this book deserves even more.
Like all good science fiction, "Speaker" is primarily about its characters and their development as they face their challenges. The many characters are diverse and well defined, forming a tight web of conflict and emotion. The larger plots which progress the multi-book story arc are also intriguing. However, the next book "Xenocide" doesn't match the quality of "Speaker", so you may which to depart the "Enderverse" at the end of this book.
Unfortunately, the audio book is confused and fragmented by its eight narrators. The problem lies in the director's high-concept goal of providing a different narrator for each character's point of view. This causes dialog from a single character to be voiced by many narrators, obscuring the subtle character nuances a good narrator can develop during their read. At times, it's even difficult to tell the difference between dialog and thoughts, and which character is speaking. The director's goal could have been accomplished by two narrators as it was in "Ender's Game"; the main male narrator who brings the steady determination of Ender, and the main female narrator who brings the passion of Valentine.
Ultimately, "Speaker" is a great read and a decent listen. Since "Ender's game was just the intro" according to the author, you'll be excited to hear what "Speaker" has in store as the headline act.
Norman B. Bradley
If, like me, you thought Ender's Game was an interesting fast paced story with a nice mix mixture of action and character development my advice is to settle for that and not pursue the series. The dialog was endless and varied from trite to overwrought. The science fiction concepts were adequate and would have served well if the book was half as long. Perhaps other areas of Scott Card's are more interesting. Maybe I'll explore that, but not in the foreseeable future.
Classic sci fi story with a good bit of philosophy and military strategy. Pretty fun read. Though if your are only interested in the book for the military content then I would not recommend starting this series because the military content is lean later on. The narration is pretty good, though using male for female voices and vice versa bugs me sometimes when they are used interchangeably.
The story continues from Enders Game. The way Orson weaves the various lives into a cohesive story.
Enders Games - first of the series
Andrew (Ender) going to the village of the Piggies
When Andrew (Ender) meets his sister
Great narration from David and Stefan brings you right into the book
Speaker for the Dead comes to us with a powerful premise: Can humans ever come to grips with our need to believe ours is the only 'right' way to live? The author left us with this question at the end of Ender's Game via the Hive Queen and the Hegemon. Now Mr. Card picks up the theme in Speaker for the Dead by exploring how humans study and deal with alien species. Yet the choice of a quasi Catholic society, under the heavy influence of a Portuguese legacy serve only to muddle what might have been a great story.
The use of a lot of actual Portuguese language in the narration detracted a lot from the story line. I often got lost as the narrator switched in and out of Portuguese. Also detracting from the story is the Authors desire to explore the Catholic legacy and use it as a plot device to contrast the human view of the universe to that of alien culture. The use of this approach completely misses what should have been a 'science' based approach to anthropological study. Anyone who has any understanding of the scientific method will be left scratching their head and asking 'really'?
On the up side;there is some wonderful dialog between Ender and the people he interacts with. Ender's insights into human nature left me wishing I could 'know' people the way Ender does (or perhaps just write dialog as well as the author!). Perhaps the crowing achievement of the whole story is when the Speaker for the Dead speaks the death of a despicable character in a way that leaves the reader wondering "how many people have I misjudged based only on superficial evidence?"
If you're looking for 'Enders Game - part 2' this isn't the book for you. This is not a war and strategy book. If however, you found the idea of a 'Speaker for the Dead' fascinating and wonder how humans will ever come to deal with co-existing or accepting a culture that is anything but human, you could do worse than this book.
Yes. The narrative skill of the people who did Enders Game continues in this book, and bring the same amount of dedication to bring to life the plethora of personalities found in this chapter of Enders life. There is no question of the emotions motivating each individual as the story progresses. Very riveting, with some very emotional sections.
How well the family of Novenia was portrayed, and how the three plot lines come together all at the same time!
I have listened to Enders Game. It holds up to their previous work. I am definitely a fan!
How Ender began to win over the family, especially the beginning with the youngest one.
Yes, but the next time in the correct order of the story
That Ender felt he had come full circle from killing the Buggers to finding a place for the Hive Queen to start anew.
Very good voice actors
When Ender went thru with allowing Human to move to the third life.
Enthralling concepts with a great plot
Ender proved to Be multi dimensional
The performance gave it depth and theatrics
You are never really dead