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Speaker for the Dead Audiobook

Speaker for the Dead

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Publisher's Summary

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. Orson Scott Card infuses this tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious, and cultural contexts.

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!.

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©1986, 1990 Orson Scott Card; (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an Imprint of Audio Literature

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1987
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 1986

"The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it." (Fantasy Review)

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    Dyego Santa Catarina, Brasil 12-24-14
    Dyego Santa Catarina, Brasil 12-24-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A very deep story!"

    Speaker for the Dead is very political, and the story is much more denser and deep than the first book, Ender's Game.

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    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 12-15-14
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 12-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Vivid imagination"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Loved it~!


    Any additional comments?

    Card has a vivid imagination. Complex characters and plot. Beautifully presented with multiple speakers brings the story to life. Clearly one of my favorite books on tape.

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    mousehunter 12-07-14
    mousehunter 12-07-14
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    "Riveting insight of another world"

    I enjoyed "Ender's Game", so why wouldn't I want to keep listening to the story? At first, though, I wondered if I had made a wise choice. Yet the story sucked me in, nonetheless. And then, at the very end, the author himself explains the reasons behind the story, explanation of the title, and affirmation of my decision to like this book in the extreme.

    If you liked "Ender's Game", you'll really like "Speaker for the Dead".

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    Paulo M. F. Andrade Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09-28-14
    Paulo M. F. Andrade Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Much more rich than Enders Gam"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    Probably not. Is a nice book to read but no reason to try it again.


    What other book might you compare Speaker for the Dead to and why?

    Enders Game, the prequel, is inferior to this book.


    What does David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices just give a pleasant feeling but, sometimes, the constant change of voices confused me since they are not acting, just reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just like the ideas and concepts


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    Matthew 09-18-14
    Matthew 09-18-14
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    "Put a De-esser on this thing!"
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender because he is awesome at everything he does and I relate to him. He has true wisdom over everyone and understands how to read people.


    What three words best describe David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s voice?

    Please put a de-esser on this whole thing. My ears were annoyed for the first few hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pigs don't know death


    Any additional comments?

    The esses are too much. Please do some better editing of this thing.

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    Kenya 08-31-14
    Kenya 08-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Ender is finally able to do what he wants..."

    This what Orson Scott Card wanted to write, and it shows. The depth of the topics in this book could seem a bit more than what its young directed audience can handle.

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    Takudza Point Cook, Australia 06-27-14
    Takudza Point Cook, Australia 06-27-14
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    "Completely Disappointing"
    What would have made Speaker for the Dead better?

    More stuff blowing up like in Ender's game. I thought this would be military sci-fi not some sappy moralising story.


    Has Speaker for the Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No sci-fi and fantasy is basically all i read for pleaseure. I come for the science part of the fiction.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    He included relativistic effects of time travel which i liked and i liked the way he imagined the ecosystem of the planet the story was set.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt cheated after the brilliant work of hard sci fi that was Ender's Game. This book was boring.

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    Melissa 06-24-14
    Melissa 06-24-14
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    "good but it could be better"
    Where does Speaker for the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    on a rank it would be 50/100


    Would you recommend Speaker for the Dead to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes but people who like fantasy would love this


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    i liked it pretty well i just liked the first better


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no i listend to it in about a week


    Any additional comments?

    if you like fiction then you'll love this

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    crushthereview 05-31-14

    Historical fiction is my genre of premier interest. Scifi too, but MUST be scientifically sound.

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    "What happened to Ender's game?"
    What would have made Speaker for the Dead better?

    This entire story could have been captured in one chapter and he could've expanded the story to the rebellion, other worlds, or regeneration of the queen. Instead he focuses on interpersonal relationships, religious teachings, and cultural differences in a hypothetical world. Moreover, rather than writing more sci-fi he writes social fiction expanding on the sappy belief that putting one "agreement" between the parties will solve all the world's (and by extension, the universe's) problems. What the heck happened to our hero and the story?

    The female reading was more melodramatic than in Ender's Game, which dampened overall performance significantly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    War and Peace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The latter chapters discussing open rebellion. Otherwise, this book was a bust.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to the SCIENCE fiction Card!

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    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 05-12-14
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "BLOWN. AWAY."

    I kind of hate Orson Scott Card personally-- at least his public persona. His politics are odious. I mention this just to put context to the following sentence:

    This book is one of the finest pieces of science fiction-- or any fiction-- I have ever read.

    Top Ten. As much as I enjoyed Ender's Game; the book was pretty much setup for this, and-- compared to this-- fluffy and inconsequential. My favourite parts of Ender's Game were tangled up in the side story with Ender's Siblings, which is what set the stage for Speaker.

    Read Ender's Game, then read this. You won't regret it.

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