I had meant to listen to this over the next month but finished it in a long weekend. Timing is everything and this weekend my wife and family packed up the house of her recently deceased mother. As the topics were very interesting and seemingly well-researched I couldn't help but churn through the chapters but it was very unsettling and I have not had much sleep.
I have to recommend the book as a comprehensive examination of Christopher Hitchens' views on region and it's flaws. However, I think I'll need to re-read/listen to the entire book again after some time has pasted to be honestly be able to say I fully understood it.
Having finished Ender's Game and all of the Ender's Shadow series, Speaker for the Dead was quite a change of pace. I struggled to engage with the main characters or even see the point of the book. Then the coin drop regarding Demosthenes' Hierarchy of Foreignness. The pace of the book also quickens and I was genuinely sad to have reached the end of the book. Guess I'll be reading Xenocide next.
This book starts with such sadness and sorry that I wasn't sure I could continue. The story smacked me straight in the face and I was totally shocked. However, it is brilliant and I will go on and read the other books.
I would never consider myself a sci-fi fan and have never got immersed into a series but this is different and very addictive.
I had listened to the 25th anniversary edition of Ender's Game that finished with the 1st chapter of the next book "Speaker of the Dead". Whilst i applaud the technique to encourage me to buy the next book, I honestly didn't like the chapter. I thought my journey with Ender Wiggins was complete. However, fortunately I read an Audible review that listed a different path to read the series. I'm so glad I heeded their advice.
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