It's more introspective than ender's game. It's not the "action" story that EG is, however it moves a long well and Card does a great job with the characters. I enjoy the reader who does Ender, but they need some more variation with the female roles.
Story is good, but if you like EG for the action you are not going to get it in Speaker.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
This book is incredibly boring. I get the sense that now that the war with the Buggers is wrapped up, Card did not know where to go. Ender's Game was interesting because we were constantly kept in the dark about what the Buggers really were and only told how horrible they were to Humanity and had a fantastic twist at the end. Speaker for the Dead basically centers around the fact that in order to understand it, I need to get to know a whole new set of characters and circumstances just so that Ender can get involved and a plot can happen. Yawn...
In a lot of ways Speaker of the dead felt more real than Ender's game, all though it played off on another planet. I think this is because this book deals much more with the emotional and human side of Ender, as opposed to battle scene after battle scene. I enjoyed the authors ability to create an entirely new species with its own unique culture and language. I though that was very ingenious.
The one that comes immediately to mind is the Dune series, because it also deals with alien species, religion and the human races will to survive.
I really enjoyed the different readers when the point of view character changed. This did not always occur, but only at critical moments, so that it was not annoying. I thought the author did a good job in weaving the story together from different POVs, not an easy thing to do in my opinion.
Several times it made me laugh, but not cry. But I think this is because Ender always
Love Science Fiction and some Fantasy books.
Ender's Game is my favorite book of all time. I absolutely love it, which is why I was somewhat disappointed with Speaker for the dead, at first. Once I discovered that this book is not Ender's Game, and had a much different story to tell, I discovered that I actually did really enjoy what I was listening to. The book starts off slow, introducing new characters and settings that were never mentioned in Ender's Game. So it took me quite a while to figure out the "point" of the book (not the "plot", I was really confused at first on what was happening in the book, so I feel the word "point" better explains that I did not understand how this book had anything to do with Ender's Game). Once I understood how Speaker for the Dead connects with Ender's Game, and I had a firm understanding of the plot, I ended up LOVING this book. Not quite as much as Ender's Game, but enough that it is one read I will treasure.
I highly recommend this book, but I would recommend you read his other book first, Enders Came that developes the Character Ender. These two books really make you exam your values and how you judge other people and other cultures. This is one of the greatest books I have read/heard. It's a interesting look at the posibilities that we might encounter when we visit distant planets with other cultures and aliens. It takes the art of SYFY writting to a whole new level.
No, this is not another Ender's Game. If that's what you want you won't find it here. But it is an absolutely brilliant and powerful book. So much so that at times it is difficult to continue reading so you have to shut it down and just think for a while. Could you ask for more?
Personally, I have never experienced a journey into an alternate reality which equals this. I am not sure whether I want to see the Piggies again or not. But I am sure glad I got to go there once ... without dying ;)
I was fully engaged from beginning to end, and I don't get the negative critiques. I wonder if we were reading the same book. The one I heard addressed important questions of how individuals and cultures misunderstand each other, and how the resulting fears lead us to hurt each other. Through it all, I grew to understand the characters, and I enjoyed knowing them. I also enjoyed the particulars of the world on which the story takes place.
I recommend it highly . Can't wait to start Xenocide.
This book warps us 3000 years into the future. We get to see how Ender, now called Andrew, spends his life. Going from world to world, "Speaking" the deaths of people as he goes, while in reality looking for a place to restore the lost race of the Buggers. He comes now to a planet by the name of Lusitania that is co-inhabited by the Pequeninos, or Piggies. He struggles to be sure that the Humans there will be ready for the return of the bug like formics, while also unraveling the mystery of Novinha and her strange twisted family.
I loved Ender's Game! Although Card says he only wrote it so he could Write Speaker for the Dead, I think Ender's Game was better. However, this book was very good as well. And all the books in the series keep you wanting more. All very well written; once you start, you don't want to stop. Outstanding series!!!
Speaker for the Dead has been the best book I've read or heard in years. Orson Scott Card did a remarkable job with his characters and setting. I caught myself crying and laughing out loud. I related to the characters as if they were friends. I liked Ender's Game,and think it is necessary to understand Ender. However, I think Speaker for the Dead is spectacular and the main reason for reading the series.