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Speaker for the Dead Audiobook
Speaker for the Dead
Written by: 
Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: 
David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
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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    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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    Juan SPRINGFIELD, MA, United States 03-13-13
    Juan SPRINGFIELD, MA, United States 03-13-13
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    "I was on the fence,.but I made my decision read on"

    I got a ton of mixed messages from the other reviews. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to keep going with the series. I'm glad I did.

    While I now understand some of the other reviews, I understand why some people where a bit disenchanted with Speaker of the Dead. Everyone was expecting this to be the next chapter in Enders life. But like another famous boy we all know ...Jesus Christ, we only got to know Ender Wiggins as a child.

    In Speaker of the Dead, we fast forward to Ender as an adult, just like Jesus and his missing years. There are a ton of unanswered questions. No Ender didn't become a carpenter. Instead he became a Speak of the Dead. Basically, he was a homicide detective. He gave a voice to the dead. Oh I almost forgot. There's a twist.. Speaker of the Dead takes place 3000 years after the bugger war. Your probably thinking that Ender was a human being and how the heck is it possible that he's still around 3000 years later and he's only 30'ish.

    Answer: Einstein's Theory of special relativity. Basically, if a person can travel at or close to the speed of light. For every year they travel, 100 years would pass on earth or something like that. So basically Enders been traveling the universe through time.

    So after 3000 years Ender is no longer a hero, he's now basically like Hitler. After the war ended and time passed. No one named their kids Hitler and no one named their kid Ender. He was that hated. ...People are so ungrateful, he saved the world and now he's like Hitler. Earlier I said he was like Jesus. What a fall for Ender. Luckily by the end of the book Ender is able to reconcile what he did to the Buggers to a small community on the planet of Lusitania.

    I will warn you that the story starts out a bit slow but its a slow and solid build to the story of Ender Wiggin aka the Speaker of the Dead.





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    Matthew Signal Hill, CA, United States 03-01-13
    Matthew Signal Hill, CA, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2013

    I love audio books! I love listening to stories and feeling myself float away to be apart of the adventure.

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    "Serious real life social issues going on here!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, first for entertainment and second to give them a great life concept. When the truth is revealed, forgiveness, love, and a slew of other emotions can abound.


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

    My first thought was Ender's Game, of course. However, I think this book touches on some very great social issues, so maybe it could be used to help people accept one another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the release felt at Marcao's "speaking." Just felt good to clear the air.


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

    I really enjoyed this book, but I think I was glad that I experienced it piece by piece. As I mentioned in other comments, there are some deep concepts being discussed here. It goes slightly beyond making me think about just a story and a set of characters. Cultural differences, acceptance, and other items are covered in this book. So I wouldn't take it all in one sitting.


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    paul 02-18-13
    paul 02-18-13
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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    Yes. To see how it holds up to the rest of the series.


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

    Enders Game.....


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

    Human.


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

    Yes...... But it was to long for that......


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    Amazon Customer PAPILLION, NE, United States 02-04-13
    Amazon Customer PAPILLION, NE, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great followup"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but the audio was well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great follow up to the Ender Game book.


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

    the multiple voices were a great addition to the story


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    Sandra 01-28-13
    Sandra 01-28-13

    I am an avid fan of audible. I have over 150 titles in my library. Kersey Cole is one of my favs

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    "You must read this Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    interesting new and not a bit boring


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender he met every challenge wonderfully


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

    no


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

    neither


    Any additional comments?

    I am hooked on the series

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    John 01-21-13
    John 01-21-13
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    "Slow Start"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaker for the Dead the most enjoyable?

    The readers did a great job of giving the characters in the book a personality through their reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaker for the Dead?

    For me the most memorable moment was the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it was reveled how the piggies reproduced was my favorite seen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was nothing that I could say "Moved" me.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very slow to start however about half way in I was glad I stuck with it.

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    Henri Kuopio, Finland 01-06-13
    Henri Kuopio, Finland 01-06-13
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    "Great audiobook"

    The story was very interesting. It was not totally logical, though it was much more logical than average, and maybe storytelling is not mathematics anyway. The characters were well crafted and described and I was genuinely interested in them. Card is, in my view, a highly psychological writer. There was also an appreciable amount of novelty in the whole, and interesting ideas. I found the performance of the readers amazing. I was absolutely glued to the product, eager to hear the end, coming out satisfied yet sorry for the experience to be over.

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    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 12-11-12
    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW. What a story!!! Better than Enders Game!"

    A little slow at first, but bear with it cause it is just setting the stage. Great characters and story. Enders Game is mostly entertainment. This story is a wonderful look at tolerance and understanding of those who are different. A look at our ability to live with and love or hate those who are different from us. Different from, but better than Enders Game in its own way.

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    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 12-10-12
    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Man for all Time and All Places"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    Not better, simply a different experience. When I read the book, I created the sounds of the humans, the piggies and the Hive Queen. I liked doing that and got a great deal out of it.

    In listening to the narrators, some of the intonations and emphases were very different from mine, but were nevertheless, creative and made the story come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oh, this is wonderful story about acceptance of difference, forgiveness, faith, the limits of understanding, and star flight, alien planets and their life forms, the power of instantaneous communication and love.

    I liked the mystery of the death of Pipo and Libo and Marcao being unfolded. I liked the development of and collapse of relationships between all the living beings on Lusitania. I liked the consistency of how star travel affects the age of the traveller and their relationship with those who remain land based.

    I liked Ender and Jane, I liked Human and the Hive Queen, my heart reached out to Miro and Novinha.

    It was such a good story just in itself, and the issues that come to the surface enriched my reading/listening


    Did David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The slight alterations used to represent the various significant characters was easy to follow. I was impressed with their Portuguese too.


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

    If only I could have stayed awake that long!


    Any additional comments?

    OSC says in his comments after the story that this was his idea of the original Ender book and that all the others (and I think there are 15) are simple pre- or se- quels to it. I can understand what he means by this - it is a beautifully crafted story that is very cleverly and closely developed. It works as a stand alone book, but is better when read/listened to in sequence.

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