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Speaker for the Dead | [Orson Scott Card]

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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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 12-05-05
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 12-05-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Certainly Not Ender's Game"

    I really liked Ender's Game; this is its sequel if Valentine wrote it. Lots of talking and the first hour or so dealing with people that you don't know and don't care about are really hard to get through. It does warm up, but do not go into this expecting a sci-fi action thriller. It is somewhere between a Star Trek TNG & DS9 episode - albeit 14 hours long. It does pick up and get somewhat interesting, but it truly is the first in a trilogy with Ender's Game only an introduction and Speaker for the Dead the first chapter. If Anthropological Ethics aren't your cup of tea, don't bother; If the Prime Directive and first contact theory are interesting, then you may enjoy this. Just be forewarned, Xenocide is much longer and much more difficult going IMHO and if you do read Speaker, you are nearly obligated to read Xenocide.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea GrasseFrance 10-03-05
    Andrea GrasseFrance 10-03-05
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    "Just plain wonderful!"

    I loved "Ender?s Game", but I loved "Speaker for the Dead" even more. I particularly liked the fact that, from a certain standpoint, the story is completely different from the one of "Ender?s Game", and I loved all the psychology hidden in the book.
    The narration is really good, the only criticism I could make is that "Little Miss Drama" (adopting the nickname invented by another reviewer) is really overly dramatic most of the times, and therefore she tends to get annoying.
    All in all, a book not to be missed that makes me looking forward to the next one in the saga!

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    William North Wales, PA, USA 07-27-05
    William North Wales, PA, USA 07-27-05
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    "Great...but (4.8 stars)"

    This is my second "Ender" book (after "Ender's Game"). I am in agreement with everyone's assessment of the quality and scope of the characters and world created by the author. It is amazing. I could not envision one more completely imagined. However, this book is much more a socio-political study wrapped in a "sci-fi" presentation than a pure sci-fi story. For that reason, I love it.

    I must also say that Stefan Rudnicki's presentation is excellent. I would not mind if he were the only reader for this series. His expression and intonation is wonderful and his voice is very easy to listen to for long periods of time. For me, the other readers were more of a distraction than an asset to the presentation.

    Overall, this is an excellent book/story/presentation. I was sorry to reach the end.

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    Ann Stow, OH, United States 07-21-05
    Ann Stow, OH, United States 07-21-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining!"

    I never thought of myself as a Sci-Fi fan, but this book as well as Ender's Game, changed my mind! It really kept my attention and has stuck with me. I also enjoyed the different narrators which helped me keep track of all the different charactors. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!!

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    Christopher San Diego, CA, USA 05-23-05
    Christopher San Diego, CA, USA 05-23-05
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    "Not as good as Enders Game"

    I liked Enders Game and figured that this would be as good and that was a mistake. It is not that it is a truly bad book it just that it is nothing like Enders Game, which was fun and interesting.

    I also have to say that the author little speech at the end comes off as a pompous ass who thinks that he writing great literature and not mediocre science fiction.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Isabelle Montreal, QC, Canada 04-17-05
    Isabelle Montreal, QC, Canada 04-17-05
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    "Awesome!!!"

    Very compelling story, great imagery & characters, incredibly imaginative and seductive voices reading it! You can't go wrong with that!

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    Gus Lagrangeville, NY, USA 12-06-04
    Gus Lagrangeville, NY, USA 12-06-04
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    "Fantastic"

    A truly enjoyable book. Card continues his exploration of human relationships and sets the groundwork for the following books. The story is much different than Ender's Game in that it is not so clostrophobic. The story is a facinating collection of emotional exchanges and is full of characters with immense emotional baggage coming to terms with each other.

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    Kristopher Ames Marysville, WA 12-06-04
    Kristopher Ames Marysville, WA 12-06-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    I wasn't sure when I first started listening. This book is definetly different than Ender's Game, but after listening to this a second time, in many ways I find this to be far better. If your a fan of Ender's Game, then I highly encourage you to continue listening to his adventure.

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    Subrosa7 Seattle, WA USA 06-17-04
    Subrosa7 Seattle, WA USA 06-17-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "Err something missing here..."

    Though I enjoyed the story I still can not get over the fact that they have 1970s satellites in orbit. It is make out crude crop lands and not the village, the mother tree or track a single villager. Haven't these biologists heard infrared or video surveillance cameras? We have satellites right now that can map through clouds. Wouldn't technology like that help them look into the forest and not disturb the other culture? I thought this was an advanced society. I thought the multiple narrators are annoying at times and it would be better suited to having one good one. I found Ender's Game much better book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rhetoric Cincinnati, USA 06-02-04
    Rhetoric Cincinnati, USA 06-02-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Truth Telling"

    Andrew Wiggin, Speaker for the Dead, has spanned 30 centuries in an effort to find a place for himself and a fit home for the hive queen in his care. The saga of Ender Wiggin continues on the small planet, Lusitania, that is home to the only other sentient species known to mankind (besides the buggers), piggies. Invited as speaker, Wiggin turns to diplomacy to confront those who would judge rashly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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