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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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    King Al CA 08-26-13
    King Al CA 08-26-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Completely different than Ender's Game"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like slow stories like 2001 Space Odyssey, then you would probably like this. If you don't like those types of story, then you probably won't like this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performances?

    Doubtful. The female narrator made everything seem so sad and the male narrator (narrators?) made everybody seem whiny.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 08-19-13
    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not At All Like Enders Game"
    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    As a fan of Enders Game this was a bit of a let down, much less action and honestly was a slog to get through to the end. Finished it mainly because I just wanted to get to the end instead of wanting to finish the story out of enjoyment.


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    John United States 08-18-13
    John United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Just a classic"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    Yes. Its a good story with interesting characters. A little predictable at times, but so what.


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    Jerry San Antonio, TX, United States 07-17-13
    Jerry San Antonio, TX, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ender is a great characterization."

    This is the finalization of Ender's Game and is great continuation of Ender himself. There also exists with the framework of the story of the Speaker for the Dead, the possibility of the continuation of the 'war' between the Hive Queen & Ender et.al. against the Federation.

    The story is very well presented; and well read.

    The only drawback is the very end; which turns into a very long rambling one sided conversation from Mr. Card. I wish he had devoted the memory to another chapter of the story rather his particular reason for writing it. That type of rhetoric should have been saved for a convention somewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-26-13
    A Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very different from Ender's Game"
    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    Unlike Ender's Game, this book goes beyond childhood and ponders quite heavy, philosophical issues. Although I found it worth reading, I didn't find it as engaging as Ender's Game. Although a mystery is woven throughout the narrative, the payoff may not be worth it to the listener. If you like to ponder life's heavier issues, you'll love this book. If you're looking for the tension and excitement that was found in Ender's Game, you won't find it here.


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    Gina 06-02-13
    Gina 06-02-13
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    "Terrific in every way"

    I LOVED this sequel to Ender's Game. The story was well told and the performance was exceptional.

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    Matt Wodonga, Australia 05-04-13
    Matt Wodonga, Australia 05-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Sequel to a classic"
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    The continuing story of Ender Wiggin. He is a wise man; you wish you had his knowledge and insight into human nature!


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    Scott Queen Creek, AZ, United States 04-30-13
    Scott Queen Creek, AZ, United States 04-30-13
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    "Very different than Enders Game"

    This is a very different story. While EG is a fast paced and brutal experience into understanding motivations, this story is more like a space western meets a soap opera. Not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Getler 04-20-13
    R. Getler 04-20-13
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    "Loved Ender's game. This went on and on and on"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think it could have been a complete story is half as many pages. I was bored half way through the book and kept looking to see how much time was left so I could get onto my next book. I really wanted to like this book after listening to Ender's Game but this book ended my interest in the Ender series.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    Long winded and a rather soft ending.


    Have you listened to any of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Ender's game and hold up there.

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    LARRY United States 03-22-13
    LARRY United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "another continuation"

    I did, very much, enjoy Enders Game and did for a short time consider continuing with the series of books Mr. Card wrote along line. Speaker for the Dead is a well written and narrated story, but, unfortunately goes almost nowhere. When I was pre-teen, I enjoyed reading comic books. This is the way I began to feel with this series; short story line --- wait for next volume to continue a short way down the saga's path.

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  • V. S.
    6/23/05
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    "Probably my favourite book ever"

    This audio book amazed me. It follows on from Enders Game but is a vast departure from that story in both style and content. Listening to this book is like meditation - it's so deep and moving, and yet never boring. Pure Bliss! Wonderful narration. The first ever audio book to make me cry.

    So good that I wish I had never heard it, so that I could discover it for the first time again.

    One of Audible's gems.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Danamic
    Prestatyn, Wales
    12/13/13
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    "A different follow on from Ender's Game"

    Some may not like it... but I do.

    The book becomes a philosophical debate about the inward struggles that we face when confronting things we cannot understand.

    Would I listen to it again? Probably not...

    Will I listen to the next book in the series? Already have.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iplayedthatgame
    uk
    4/16/11
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    "my favourite book"

    This story takes ender and follows him into his adult life , it shows how the battle school and descisions he made while there affected his adult life , showing for me that osc has a real understanding and empathy for his character and not just writing another story because the first book did well.
    This really comes across with the relationship ender has with his sister with jane and the familly he befriends, also with the comunity he affects just by being there.
    As this is the second book in the series you may feel that you need to read the first and you should because it is an excellent book but the refferences in this book explain themselves so you can read it as a book and not feel left out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    10/30/07
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    "Painfully slow"

    I really don't like flatly contradicting other reviewers, and someone else has said this is their favourite book ever. However, personally I disliked it and, after several hours of hoping it would improve, eventually moved onto something else without finishing it. Part of the problem was that, although I had read and enjoyed Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, there were clearly some books that I'd missed out of the series which meant that there were some big leaps in understanding this (I've noticed this elsewhere on Audible with series: absolutely no attempt is made to help the reader work out which order to listen in, and sometimes the reviews are actively quite misleading).
    However, I also found the plot painfully slow and the female half of the narrating team had me grinding my teeth at the way she was determined to wring every ounce of slow pathos out of the story.
    So this might be the best book ever or it might be one you'll never finish. Personally, I would recommend making sure that you're listening to the series in the right order and also listening to the start of the narration to see if it seems like your cup of tea.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • MR G H TYLER
    8/13/16
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    "A very very special book"

    Quite different from Enders Game. Full of intriguing mystery to be solved, in new worlds. Full of need and hope, the astonishing power of reaching an understanding and empathy. This story is enticing on multiple levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan Wooster
    6/23/16
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    "Cracking follow on"

    Loved this, was a great follow on from ender's game and in my opinion the better book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JayDee
    Scotland
    3/29/16
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    "Do not proceed."
    Would you try another book written by Orson Scott Card or narrated by David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    No - I absolutely loved Ender's game, but this book is so vastly different from the first, I regret buying it


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No - this book is so vastly different from Enders game - it's more like a spin off rather than a follow up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    11/11/15
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    "Very different, but still enjoyable enough"


    Story – 4/5

    I must admit, this is not my usual type of story to listen to/read. I knew it was going to be different to Ender’s game, but apart from using the Wiggin family again, there is absolutely no similarity – so it was even more different than I had anticipated. This is more about the psychology, philosophy and ethics surrounding the colonisation of other planets.

    It had good characterisation, and I was very intrigued about the alien species being studied. I will probably never read this story again, but I am glad that I did, and found it easy to listen to. I didn’t 100% buy into the human analysis that Ender’s character was performing, but I am laid back enough to see it as fiction and enjoy the rest of it.

    If you are looking for a sci-fi with action, strategy and coming of age characters like the last book, this is definitely not the one for you, but if you are open minded and enjoy hearing others philosophising, definitely give it a shot.


    Performance – 4.5/5

    Again, this book had the same multiple narrators as Ender’s Game, and again, I can’t say it added much to the story like other full cast productions have. Not bad in any way, just not any better than single narrator audios.

    The main narrator, I think it may have been Stefan Rudnicki, was especially good, and I will keep an eye out for other audiobooks read by him.


    Overall – 4/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sabreen
    10/13/15
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    "Excellent"

    Now I have to finish the whole Enderverse. It's getting better and better with every book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexstone
    7/30/15
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    "Great book"

    I loved this book, it kept me guessing from start to finish! I highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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