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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Nate W. 12-09-12
    Nate W. 12-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not your Average Science Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    Card uses fiction to talk about the way we treat each other without being heavy handed and obnoxious about it. Beyond that he writes an interesting story that is engaging and worthwhile in its own right.

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    Todd san diego, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Todd san diego, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good listen to Card's favorite book"
    Where does Speaker for the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I give this book 4 stars as it was a good continuation of the story. Mr. Card picks this as his favorite book due to the symbolism and morality told in this story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Destruction or a new society. Is it worth the risk?


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    Brad Spring Valley, MN, United States 11-23-12
    Brad Spring Valley, MN, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Story Teller"
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    The marvelous performance and story managed to keep me glued to the ear buds.


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    Amazon Customer 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    Yes, because I like to relisten after a while to refresh my memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender, because he is a complex character that is both wise, but human.


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

    Performance was well done.


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

    No, my schedule doesn't allow for a one sitting session.


    Any additional comments?

    A much deeper book than Ender's Game. The book delves into more complex topics than Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lanie Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-06-12
    Lanie Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-06-12
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    "The reason I started reading sci-fi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I purchased the audio versions of Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide to help survive a long flight and am glad I did. The audio books are quite good in terms of the voices although they can be a little slow in my opinion. I've read the books before...a long time ago in high school... but was reminded just how brilliant OSC is and how amazing these books are. I'm in the middle of Xenocide now and I also like it but sometimes the voices they use for the Hive Queen and the Piggies can be annoying. Still the audible versions are more than satisfying and I'm wishing I good give a huge hug to that kid in high school who shoved Ender's Game into my hands.


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    Jeannie 10-03-12
    Jeannie 10-03-12
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    "Great Book!"
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, tears, thoughtful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender was my favorite character. He has an amazing interaction with the other characters. He's developed as a character since Ender's Game, in a good way. His introduction in to the family was touching.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he meets the children it was touching to see how he dealt with each of them. I also enjoyed the ending.


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

    His last time with Human.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. It's hard to comment on your favorite moments without giving away too much of the plot. It was hard to stop listening I was so wrapped up in the plot.
    Overall the narration is excellent. Although why so many narrators. Some of the narrators were jarring to the story and took me out of the reading. Two readers would have been plenty.

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  • V. S.
    6/23/05
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    "Probably my favourite book ever"

    This audio book amazed me. It follows on from Enders Game but is a vast departure from that story in both style and content. Listening to this book is like meditation - it's so deep and moving, and yet never boring. Pure Bliss! Wonderful narration. The first ever audio book to make me cry.

    So good that I wish I had never heard it, so that I could discover it for the first time again.

    One of Audible's gems.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Danamic
    Prestatyn, Wales
    12/13/13
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    "A different follow on from Ender's Game"

    Some may not like it... but I do.

    The book becomes a philosophical debate about the inward struggles that we face when confronting things we cannot understand.

    Would I listen to it again? Probably not...

    Will I listen to the next book in the series? Already have.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iplayedthatgame
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    4/16/11
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    "my favourite book"

    This story takes ender and follows him into his adult life , it shows how the battle school and descisions he made while there affected his adult life , showing for me that osc has a real understanding and empathy for his character and not just writing another story because the first book did well.
    This really comes across with the relationship ender has with his sister with jane and the familly he befriends, also with the comunity he affects just by being there.
    As this is the second book in the series you may feel that you need to read the first and you should because it is an excellent book but the refferences in this book explain themselves so you can read it as a book and not feel left out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    10/30/07
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    "Painfully slow"

    I really don't like flatly contradicting other reviewers, and someone else has said this is their favourite book ever. However, personally I disliked it and, after several hours of hoping it would improve, eventually moved onto something else without finishing it. Part of the problem was that, although I had read and enjoyed Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, there were clearly some books that I'd missed out of the series which meant that there were some big leaps in understanding this (I've noticed this elsewhere on Audible with series: absolutely no attempt is made to help the reader work out which order to listen in, and sometimes the reviews are actively quite misleading).
    However, I also found the plot painfully slow and the female half of the narrating team had me grinding my teeth at the way she was determined to wring every ounce of slow pathos out of the story.
    So this might be the best book ever or it might be one you'll never finish. Personally, I would recommend making sure that you're listening to the series in the right order and also listening to the start of the narration to see if it seems like your cup of tea.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • MR G H TYLER
    8/13/16
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    "A very very special book"

    Quite different from Enders Game. Full of intriguing mystery to be solved, in new worlds. Full of need and hope, the astonishing power of reaching an understanding and empathy. This story is enticing on multiple levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan Wooster
    6/23/16
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    "Cracking follow on"

    Loved this, was a great follow on from ender's game and in my opinion the better book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JayDee
    Scotland
    3/29/16
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    "Do not proceed."
    Would you try another book written by Orson Scott Card or narrated by David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    No - I absolutely loved Ender's game, but this book is so vastly different from the first, I regret buying it


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No - this book is so vastly different from Enders game - it's more like a spin off rather than a follow up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    11/11/15
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    "Very different, but still enjoyable enough"


    Story – 4/5

    I must admit, this is not my usual type of story to listen to/read. I knew it was going to be different to Ender’s game, but apart from using the Wiggin family again, there is absolutely no similarity – so it was even more different than I had anticipated. This is more about the psychology, philosophy and ethics surrounding the colonisation of other planets.

    It had good characterisation, and I was very intrigued about the alien species being studied. I will probably never read this story again, but I am glad that I did, and found it easy to listen to. I didn’t 100% buy into the human analysis that Ender’s character was performing, but I am laid back enough to see it as fiction and enjoy the rest of it.

    If you are looking for a sci-fi with action, strategy and coming of age characters like the last book, this is definitely not the one for you, but if you are open minded and enjoy hearing others philosophising, definitely give it a shot.


    Performance – 4.5/5

    Again, this book had the same multiple narrators as Ender’s Game, and again, I can’t say it added much to the story like other full cast productions have. Not bad in any way, just not any better than single narrator audios.

    The main narrator, I think it may have been Stefan Rudnicki, was especially good, and I will keep an eye out for other audiobooks read by him.


    Overall – 4/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sabreen
    10/13/15
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    "Excellent"

    Now I have to finish the whole Enderverse. It's getting better and better with every book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexstone
    7/30/15
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    "Great book"

    I loved this book, it kept me guessing from start to finish! I highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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