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Speaker for the Dead Audiobook

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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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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    kala TERRELL, TX, United States 05-23-12
    kala TERRELL, TX, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A hard book to love, but it grows on you!"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaker for the Dead the most enjoyable?

    I loved all the different narrarators, it really gave everyone their own personality.


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

    My favorite was Ender talking to Valentine after their time apart.


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

    Personality


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

    If I had the time, sure!


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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-01-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2014

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "Not as good as Ender's, but still great."
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    The cast, having different readers for the different points of view helps you get into the story.


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

    When Ender finally found a place for the Hive Queen.


    What about David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance did you like?

    The different styles. It gave the story more personality.


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

    The speaking for the dead. It just seems like the perfect way to get closure over a death.


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    Chuck 04-29-12
    Chuck 04-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story but hugely different from Ender's Game"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the philosophical and social problems that are presented in encountering an alien race, changing perceptions in society on what is heroic and what is horrific, and determining/predicting rebellions and revolutions.

    Just for those of you who are like me and haven't read any of this series... this story is VERY different from Ender's Game. I think I may have expected some more battles like Ender fought before. While still an excellent plot, it's very philosophical.


    What aspect of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance would you have changed?

    Their performances were excellent. However, there is a woman narrator who voices Ender's sister, Valentine... her voice tended to become somewhat annoying and overly dramatic at times.


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

    Maybe not in one sitting but I found myself waiting for a chapter to finish while sitting in my car in the parking lot.


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    Amazon Customer United States 04-11-12
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    "Not Enders Game main female narrator is unbearable"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Main female narrator was unbearable. Had to fast forward past large sections. As others have commented she tries to read all, even the most mundane lines, in an extremely over the top emtional tone. It really is unlistenable. I made it by with her in Enders Game but could not handle her in this book. I will not be buying any more of the series with her in it. All of the numerous other narrators were fine or exceptional.


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    Steffen Hvalsoe, Denmark 03-13-12
    Steffen Hvalsoe, Denmark 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An emotional Sci-Fi book which is actually good"
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, emotional, and engaging.


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

    None that I have read.


    Any additional comments?

    Piggies, Buggers and Human and the answer to the question, if we would ever be able to understand Aliens even if they have legs, arms and even if they speak our language. This is what The Speaker of the Dead deals with, and it does so by relating it to something as personal as funeral speeches. Alien and Personal, thats the number-one recipe for a success in Sci-Fi.

    Good job OSC!

    NB. Only thing that put me off was the sudden (and seeming random) places where music would cut in over the narration - never quite succeeding in what ever the point of that was.

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    Christopher United States 02-05-12
    Christopher United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "powerful and meaningful narrative"
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    One of Card's best. Didn't know until hearing the author commentary that he considers it more important than Ender's Game. I had read it years ago but did not remember the subtle ethical exploration that runs throughout the story.


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

    Great use of multiple voices - not at all distracting, definitely adds to the narrative.


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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-22-12
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "mind boggling"

    I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and also surprising. There was a lot of unexpected twists and turns. It really made me think about the implications of interplanetary travel and the potential development of humans when we have to take into account the integration with species or other lifeforms that are not in any way compatible with what we consider the human race.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-20-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Story line Gap Filler"
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    I read the third book because I was told it was the next book in the series. So, this one filled in all the gaps for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That we get to see that Ender isn't a winp.


    Any additional comments?

    When the readers need to yell they need to yell instead of play yelling.

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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 01-04-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "okey, but not Enders game"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was alright, there was'nt a lot of conflict going into it. Except for the two murders, It is obveous that Mr. card is fluent in Portuguese, and he was a missonary in Brazil, but the Protuguese did not help the story at all! It is slow, and I Hate to compare a great writer like Mr. Card with that horriable rendition, Eflehiem, but there I said it and I'm proud of it! I will listen or read another in the Ender series, but this one is mediocre, not a lot of action, or imagination, did'nt like the Piggies, or find the biological science plausable, I feel that if this is what he wanted in the begining, I am glad he wrote Enders Game first, which is an incredable classic now.


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

    So so, maybe


    Which character – as performed by David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Ender


    Was Speaker for the Dead worth the listening time?

    So, so.


    Any additional comments?

    I am listening to the Neaderthal Paralax by Sawyer and it is terrific. Maybe next month back to Mr. Card will see.

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 12-04-11
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 12-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent - but different"

    If you do not expect this to be like the first two Ender books, you'll love it. Orson Scott Card has a wonderful way with words, and the story has many wonderful layers that slowly peel back.

    My only issue is with the performance. The first two Ender book had the best performances of any books I've gotten from Audible ... and about two thirds of this book was equally good. However every once in a while new narrators showed up, and when that happened the excellence disappeared. It almost felt as if they took a well done abridged version of the book and then later decided to expand it into an unabridged version. There was also a problem with the chapter-ending music ... it was too loud and in each instance showed up about two minutes too early.

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