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  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8115)
    Performance
    (4583)
    Story
    (4637)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "The Anti-Ender's Game"
    Overall

    I picked this book because I had very much enjoyed Ender's Game and "Speaker" is the continuation of the story. However, it is also completely different in speed and style. While "Ender's Game" is mostly science fiction of the technical kind (spaceships, battles, etc.) and moves along well most of the time, "Speaker" is a tedious, slow-as-molasses study of religion, family relationships, childhood neuroses, and endlessly repeated sermons on tolerance. The passages in Portuguese, on the Catholic teachings, and others are tedious and boring.
    You may end up liking "Speaker", but it won't be for the same reasons you may like "Ender's Game". Be forewarned.

    35 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (383)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "Not SciFi at all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
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    Let me first say that I gave this story a full SIX HOURS before I gave up. The narration is very good, so I would not hesitate to listen to the readers again. However, the story drags on with endless descriptions of country politics as well as corporate politics which I found extremely boring. It adds very little to the plot and nothing to the interest. The technology in this so-called SciFi novel is firmly planted in the 1980's: micro-fiches! briefcases full of papers! noisy boat engines! etc. etc., the genetic human models notwithstanding (Alphas? Betas? "Brave New World" called and wants its creations back).Sorry, but this story is just not what I expected, wanted, or was willing to spend even more time on. I gave it far more time than I should have, hoping it would actually get better. It did not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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