This, the author's definitive edition of the sequel to Ender's Game, also includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!.
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©1986, 1990 Orson Scott Card; (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an Imprint of Audio Literature
"The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it." (Fantasy Review)
I wasn't sure when I first started listening. This book is definetly different than Ender's Game, but after listening to this a second time, in many ways I find this to be far better. If your a fan of Ender's Game, then I highly encourage you to continue listening to his adventure.
Though I enjoyed the story I still can not get over the fact that they have 1970s satellites in orbit. It is make out crude crop lands and not the village, the mother tree or track a single villager. Haven't these biologists heard infrared or video surveillance cameras? We have satellites right now that can map through clouds. Wouldn't technology like that help them look into the forest and not disturb the other culture? I thought this was an advanced society. I thought the multiple narrators are annoying at times and it would be better suited to having one good one. I found Ender's Game much better book.
Andrew Wiggin, Speaker for the Dead, has spanned 30 centuries in an effort to find a place for himself and a fit home for the hive queen in his care. The saga of Ender Wiggin continues on the small planet, Lusitania, that is home to the only other sentient species known to mankind (besides the buggers), piggies. Invited as speaker, Wiggin turns to diplomacy to confront those who would judge rashly.
I have read hundreds of books, this is among the ten best. If you read and liked Ender's Game, this one is more mature, better developed, just as engaging and just as satisfying. Worth the investment of time and money.
Outstanding because of ideas, characters and vision!!
Actually, I don?t have to add much to my first line, only, maybe, that this is a true since fiction: not only a display of futuristic worlds and science, but also of visionary ideas about human behaviour and psyche. It is for this that I can say: I thoroughly enjoyed this listening experience. Intelligent, warm hearted, well plotted !! Way to go !!!!
What an imagination Orson has!!! If you even like sci-fi a little you will love this book. Travel the world and time to visit and help humans and aliens live together. Wow. Also this audio has an exciting cast involved in the narration.
...but not nearly as entertaining as ender's game ... a must have only if you are planning on listening/reading the entire series
The entire book.
Having just relived Ender's Game in all the brilliance of audiobook I decided to get Speaker for the Dead, since I have never read it before. I got 3 hours into the daunting 14 (normally I would be excited for a book this long) and had to turn it off. Don't waste your money for this. The narrators are fine but the story is just dull all around. I get that it isn't supposed to be action packed but the story just never picks up. Boring in comparison to just about any book I have ever read. Save your money, read a synopsis.
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