I cannot give an informed answer as I have not read or seen the print version of this book.
For myself, I remember a character's name better when I see them compared to hearing. So that is the only draw back I see to the audio edition.
I enjoyed the audio performance. The narrators were clear and read the book well. The only thing that took getting used to was the fact the multiple narrators took turns - reading a whole chapter at a time.
Almost every chapter had a moment that moved me. It was a very compelling book.
Detailed, captivating, enlightening.
When Ender spoke for the dead. Very moving.
Both did a great job. Of course Ender is a favorite, but the piggies were easy to enjoy as well.
Humanities attempt for redemption.
I had no Ideas of the second book in this series, I started it kind of blind. The book took a while to take hold for me but came together very well. I will move on to the 3rd book for sure. Very worth the listen!
I definitely would recommend this book. Because of its entertainment as well as its ability to help us reflect on our own empathy towards others who are different.
My favorite characters are the piggies. So full of ignorance, innocence, and curiosity.
Amazing narrators. They do keep your attention.
I did not have a physical reaction, but the book did provide me with a philosophical thought.
I would recommend this book and Ender's game to anyone. Like most books, the sci fi isnt meant to be factual (e.g. the light speed time aging is all wrong). So if you hate when impossibilities with physics are performed like star trek, etc, then dont read this book. The book's main purpose, I believe, was to bring about our humane side of our humanity. To accept differences and acknowledge past faults. But to accept them and forgive.
This book is Ender's Game's older brother (or maybe sister?). I love exactly what made it so difficult to take as a sequel. Why would Card think to make the second book in the "Enderverse" take place 3,000 years in the future, and have a quarter of the book pass before we even hear what's going on with the guy we came to see? Not to mention all of the other wonderful characters (besides Valentine) all long gone?...
Really, it's the only way this book could even be effective, and it's brilliant and crazy. This book is really a challenging one and it was a bold move. In a way, The Speaker For The Dead is the same conundrum as Ender's Game, except that the human race now knows the consequences of the hasty decision to wipe out a sentient race and, this time, is not so quick to respond.
Where Ender's Game was a book about the process of dealing with a threat, Speaker For The Dead is about making the decision of WHAT to do about it. In a way, it feels like a space mystery. I like that. I wish I knew more like it.
Audio books have renewed my love of reading. Now I can enjoy a good book while doing other things. I don't feel like I'm wasting my time.
Yes, it's a classic everyone who likes sci-fi should read.
The reading was well done, but I have one huge problem. It was done by several people, who for the most part all did a great job. My issue is with who was speaking when. Sometimes the same person did the narration for each person speaking during a conversation. Sometimes different people would speak each characters part. This was somewhat confusing, as different people would end up speaking the same characters part in the book. But to make it even worse, on at least a half dozen places, who was narrating a character would change mid conversation. Halfway through a chapter it would change from two people talking to one speaking both parts. This was unacceptable and very confusing. It would have been easier to understand if one person had narrated the entire book. Everyone did a good job when they were speaking, but having different speakers speaking the same characters in different places was just too confusing.
If you like slow stories like 2001 Space Odyssey, then you would probably like this. If you don't like those types of story, then you probably won't like this.
Doubtful. The female narrator made everything seem so sad and the male narrator (narrators?) made everybody seem whiny.
As a fan of Enders Game this was a bit of a let down, much less action and honestly was a slog to get through to the end. Finished it mainly because I just wanted to get to the end instead of wanting to finish the story out of enjoyment.
Yes. Its a good story with interesting characters. A little predictable at times, but so what.
This is the finalization of Ender's Game and is great continuation of Ender himself. There also exists with the framework of the story of the Speaker for the Dead, the possibility of the continuation of the 'war' between the Hive Queen & Ender et.al. against the Federation.
The story is very well presented; and well read.
The only drawback is the very end; which turns into a very long rambling one sided conversation from Mr. Card. I wish he had devoted the memory to another chapter of the story rather his particular reason for writing it. That type of rhetoric should have been saved for a convention somewhere.
Unlike Ender's Game, this book goes beyond childhood and ponders quite heavy, philosophical issues. Although I found it worth reading, I didn't find it as engaging as Ender's Game. Although a mystery is woven throughout the narrative, the payoff may not be worth it to the listener. If you like to ponder life's heavier issues, you'll love this book. If you're looking for the tension and excitement that was found in Ender's Game, you won't find it here.