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
"The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it." (Fantasy Review)
I loved all the different narrarators, it really gave everyone their own personality.
My favorite was Ender talking to Valentine after their time apart.
If I had the time, sure!
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
The cast, having different readers for the different points of view helps you get into the story.
When Ender finally found a place for the Hive Queen.
The different styles. It gave the story more personality.
The speaking for the dead. It just seems like the perfect way to get closure over a death.
I did not read the print version.
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.
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.
Maybe not in one sitting but I found myself waiting for a chapter to finish while sitting in my car in the parking lot.
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.
Emotional, emotional, and engaging.
None that I have read.
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.
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.
Great use of multiple voices - not at all distracting, definitely adds to the narrative.
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.
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.
That we get to see that Ender isn't a winp.
When the readers need to yell they need to yell instead of play yelling.
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.
So so, maybe
I am listening to the Neaderthal Paralax by Sawyer and it is terrific. Maybe next month back to Mr. Card will see.
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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