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)
The Ender's Game series is one of my all-time favorites, and i have read them all many times. I downloaded the audio version of this to listen to on a road trip with my boyfriend, who had read the first book and wanted to read the second book.
I had misgivings as to whether the audio version would do it justice, and i must say, i have been very pleasantly surprised! The narrators gave different and convincing inflections to different characters' voices, and did excellently with the bits of Portuguese.
The story is wonderfully written-- for such a vast cast of characters, Card manages to imbue each of them with unique and deeply complex personalities of their own; and over the course of the story they each grow and develop.
This is a story that you can't help but be immersed in, that gives voice to some of the deepest aspects of what it is to be human.
I have given copies of this book as well as Ender's Game to many people, and would highly recommend it to anyone, even if ypou don't consider yourself a science fiction fan!
Intelligent Imaginative Detailed
Finding out why the piggies did what they did to Pebo.
Can you handle the truth?
I enjoyed the book very much. It did a real good job of painting a picture of a universe that could actually be out there. Card has a great, reasonable imagination of what a future universe could be like. The growth of Ender was interesting. If you read Ender's Game you have to read this book. It gives you all you need to know about all the key characters in how their futures have panned out.
I liked the overall story as much as Enders' Game, which I really enjoyed. The first two thirds didn't seem to involve Ender much and with all the foreign names was hard to follow at times, especially with so many readers. I really like Scott's characters, and how he seems to make you relate to them.
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
It continued Ender's story.
It's about Ender. I've listened to all of Mr. Card's books.
Among the best performers out there.
I read for the story. All books have boring area and fast edge of the seat areas. Remember this is not a Movie (yet) so read and enjoy.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
If I was forced to pick one thing I would probably say Jane. Since this was my first introduction to her (this was the 2nd Ender book I had read and the first I saw of her). I was happy to see that Ender has grown up a bit. He was never really a child, we start to see the grown-up Ender in this book.
I have to say Jane's "growing up" so to speak. I can't mention a specific even for fear of giving away a part of the story but although I wish she hadn't personally, it was insteresting to see how Jane evolved.
Yes. The Story aside, they did a masterful job. I have a few nitpicks but overall they did a very good job.
Hmm, this is a hard question to answer because it involves an intricate part of the storyline. I don't want to Spoil the book for anyone so I'll be vague. I was particularly moved by the interaction between the characters, particularly the Hive Queen and other "unique" forms of Intelligence.
I don't know how to put this other than to say that this book is not really written in the same way was Ender's Game. It is definitely written in the Ender Universe but.....well, I guess I'm trying to say that this isn't so much a "Book Two in the Ender's Game Series" as it is "Book One in the 'Insert Name Here' Series". I'm not sure every fan of Ender's Game will love this book. It show's a more grown-up Ender.
I would recommend to some but not others.
I liked Card's first book in the series, Ender's Game, better. I did like the more relational aspect of this book, though.
I like having two/multiple narrators of the book. It adds dimension. I enjoyed the feeling behind the narration. Subtle sighs and intonations help the listener really feel what Ender and other characters felt. You feel more involved.
A path to discovery in a world of stars.
Tell us about yourself!
What a story! This is my second listen in the series, and Im hooked. Love the way the performers enter the story. I look forward to the third book in the series although the reviews are mixed.
"Audible is the most efficient of high quality entertainment."
"Speaker for the Dead is the deeper story," says author Orson Scott Card, comparing it to his better known work "Ender's Game". Thus, for all the acclaim earned by "Ender's Game", this book deserves even more.
Like all good science fiction, "Speaker" is primarily about its characters and their development as they face their challenges. The many characters are diverse and well defined, forming a tight web of conflict and emotion. The larger plots which progress the multi-book story arc are also intriguing. However, the next book "Xenocide" doesn't match the quality of "Speaker", so you may which to depart the "Enderverse" at the end of this book.
Unfortunately, the audio book is confused and fragmented by its eight narrators. The problem lies in the director's high-concept goal of providing a different narrator for each character's point of view. This causes dialog from a single character to be voiced by many narrators, obscuring the subtle character nuances a good narrator can develop during their read. At times, it's even difficult to tell the difference between dialog and thoughts, and which character is speaking. The director's goal could have been accomplished by two narrators as it was in "Ender's Game"; the main male narrator who brings the steady determination of Ender, and the main female narrator who brings the passion of Valentine.
Ultimately, "Speaker" is a great read and a decent listen. Since "Ender's game was just the intro" according to the author, you'll be excited to hear what "Speaker" has in store as the headline act.
Norman B. Bradley
If, like me, you thought Ender's Game was an interesting fast paced story with a nice mix mixture of action and character development my advice is to settle for that and not pursue the series. The dialog was endless and varied from trite to overwrought. The science fiction concepts were adequate and would have served well if the book was half as long. Perhaps other areas of Scott Card's are more interesting. Maybe I'll explore that, but not in the foreseeable future.
Classic sci fi story with a good bit of philosophy and military strategy. Pretty fun read. Though if your are only interested in the book for the military content then I would not recommend starting this series because the military content is lean later on. The narration is pretty good, though using male for female voices and vice versa bugs me sometimes when they are used interchangeably.
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