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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!.

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©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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    Rosalind Jamaica Plain, MA, United States 09-25-12
    Rosalind Jamaica Plain, MA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Just as awesome as the hard copy!"

    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!

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    Wade las vegas, NV, United States 09-18-12
    Wade las vegas, NV, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you liked Enders Game you will like this sequal"
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent Imaginative Detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaker for the Dead?

    Finding out why the piggies did what they did to Pebo.


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

    Can you handle the truth?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    CK Clayton, IN, United States 09-10-12
    CK Clayton, IN, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Storyline...Long Journey!"

    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.

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    WT Wizard Midland, TX, United States 09-08-12
    WT Wizard Midland, TX, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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    "Number 2 of many"
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    It continued Ender's story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's about Ender. I've listened to all of Mr. Card's books.


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

    Among the best performers out there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 09-04-12
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "A very good sequel, it hits the spot."
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaker for the Dead?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. The Story aside, they did a masterful job. I have a few nitpicks but overall they did a very good job.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Esther 09-01-12
    Esther 09-01-12
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    "Good continuation but something was lacking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to some but not others.


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    I liked Card's first book in the series, Ender's Game, better. I did like the more relational aspect of this book, though.


    What does David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    A path to discovery in a world of stars.


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    TIMOTHY Manheim, PA, United States 08-27-12
    TIMOTHY Manheim, PA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "New fan for life!"

    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.

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    Chris Annandale, NJ, United States 08-27-12
    Chris Annandale, NJ, United States 08-27-12

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    ""Ender's Game was just the intro""

    "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.

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    bbnorm MN USA 08-18-12
    bbnorm MN USA 08-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Disapointing Continuation of Ender's Game"

    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.

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    Annonymous 08-13-12
    Annonymous 08-13-12
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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