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.
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.
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