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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"The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it." (Fantasy Review)
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.
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.
I love audio books! I love listening to stories and feeling myself float away to be apart of the adventure.
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.
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.
I love the release felt at Marcao's "speaking." Just felt good to clear the air.
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.
Yes. To see how it holds up to the rest of the series.
Yes...... But it was to long for that......
I have not read the print version, but the audio was well done.
This is a great follow up to the Ender Game book.
the multiple voices were a great addition to the story
I am an avid fan of audible. I have over 150 titles in my library. Kersey Cole is one of my favs
interesting new and not a bit boring
Ender he met every challenge wonderfully
I am hooked on the series
The readers did a great job of giving the characters in the book a personality through their reading.
For me the most memorable moment was the ending.
When it was reveled how the piggies reproduced was my favorite seen.
There was nothing that I could say "Moved" me.
The book was very slow to start however about half way in I was glad I stuck with it.
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.
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.
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.
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
The slight alterations used to represent the various significant characters was easy to follow. I was impressed with their Portuguese too.
If only I could have stayed awake that long!
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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