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Speaker for the Dead | [Orson Scott Card]

Speaker for the Dead

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.
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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!.

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©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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    Mark Frisco, TX, USA 08-21-06
    Mark Frisco, TX, USA 08-21-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Big improvement on Ender's Game"

    I found <i>Ender's Game</i> to be an okay novel at best. It was predictable and just not very interesting. <i>Speaker</i>, however, was much more engaging and interesting. The tragedy of the story is evident from the beginning, but the resolutions aren't quite as obvious. Some of the descriptions drag on - not uncommon in sci-fi or fantasy novels - but otherwise a much better done book.

    From an audio perspective, this one was first-rate.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 12-08-05
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 12-08-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Not Bad, but a big letdown from Ender's Game"

    Far too long and far too boring to really grab me. I was simply expecting too much after reading Ender's Game, which I rated as my favorite to date. While the story is interesting at times, it's simply not good enough to go on and on and on...

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    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 10-09-05
    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 10-09-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Deep"

    Probably the most emotionally moving science fiction I have read.

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    Sam Saginaw, TX, United States 07-29-05
    Sam Saginaw, TX, United States 07-29-05 Member Since 2002

    I love listening to good books!! If you find your way to this message, send me the name of your favorite book so I can try it out!!

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    "Wow...what a sequal"

    Speaker of the Dead is a wonderful companion to Ender's Game. It can be read without reading Ender's Game...but I suggest starting with Ender's Game. Speaker for the Dead is not as fast paced as Ender's Game...but it is just as powerful. It is filled with a wide array of political, religious, scientific, and extraterrestrial ideas. If you have not read it...get it today!

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    Aaron MelbourneAustralia 05-31-05
    Aaron MelbourneAustralia 05-31-05
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    "Wonderful series"

    A wonderful series, you become attached to the characters over the life span of the series.

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    Charles woodland hills, CA, USA 02-25-05
    Charles woodland hills, CA, USA 02-25-05 Member Since 2015
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    "FASCINATING ORIGINAL THINKER"

    I greatly enjoyed Ender's Game but wondered how Card could follow up. Speaker for the Dead is better, and Xenocide better yet. I never read science fiction better than this. Everything Card writes is spellbinding, yet he is not a great wordsmith; it's all in the story and the playing out of the concepts. I never read the abridged stuff, only the original works. Also, all the Card books are brilliantly done with a multiple cast. Some reviewers complain about the quality of the acting, but nothing distracts me from the story. This is a great book by a wonderful original writer.

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    M. Akin 11-10-04
    M. Akin 11-10-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Better than the first book!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. The readers are very good and the story is very entertaining. I found this book much deeper than the first Ender book. I recommend it to all.

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    M. Vian powell, oh usa 09-28-04
    M. Vian powell, oh usa 09-28-04 Member Since 2003

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    "A service to the genre"

    While I really appreciate the psychological voice of Ender's Game and the story & characters make for a very strong work of sci-fi, Speaker for the Dead is something else altogether. Despite the science fiction trappings -- they play only a background mechanical role -- this story is driven by emotional tension and transformation unlike most other's in this dewey decimal neighborhood. This is a story about the honesty and empathy we need to live together, not just with other people, but with life -- that domination over it isn't the end game (forgive me). For me, it casts some light into the void Daniel Quinn masterfully poses in Ishmael -- what can a new story of mankind be?

    I was taken by the richness of language and honesty of dialogue here. Card's time as a Brazilian missionary clearly tuned his ear to the beauty of the Portuguese tongue. His time with Ender lets him tell the truth, no matter who is speaking. The narration is mostly superb, using an array of pros to emphasize perspective. It was so great to hear Valentine again. After comparing notes with a friend who read the printed version, I think the Portuguese was a bridge to the story for the listener but it may have been a barrier for the reader. Finished it in just a few days and now can't wait to continue with Xenocide. Ho Orson!

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    MikeInOhio Lorain, OH United States 08-12-04
    MikeInOhio Lorain, OH United States 08-12-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "A great book!"

    If you enjoyed psychology class, sociology class, comparative religions, etc.... you'll like this book. It's a study of the tangled relationships, attitudes and morals of a small colony of humans that have settled on a planet where an indigenous species of intelligent life resides; the first intelligent alien life that humans have encountered since the Bugger wars 3000 years ago.
    This book is quite different from ENDER'S GAME. It isn't an action/adventure book with detailed descriptions of battle sequences. Rather it's an examination of our "human-centric" thought processes.

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    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 05-25-04
    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 05-25-04
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    "Slow Starter"

    Very slow start...found myself bored. But then, things happen and the story becomes interesting. The first third, I simply perservered because I didn't want to miss anything from this series, but it held its own the last two. Of the four stories that chronicle Ender, this was my least favorite...not bad, by any means, but a total departure from the first book, pacing and theme-wise. Critical read, however, if you want to read Xenocide and Children of the Mind (which I recommend) as this one lays it all out for those two. To simplify, Ender's Game stands on its own. Speaker, Xenocide, and Children are basically one long story across three books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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