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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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    Tammy 12-06-06
    Tammy 12-06-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Speaker for the dead"

    A supurb book...truelly amazing.

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    Gary W. Gilbert , AZ, USA 04-29-06
    Gary W. Gilbert , AZ, USA 04-29-06
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    "More Ender"

    This is the second in the series. It was new to me, the same readers as the unabridged Ender 20th anniversary. Not the same story, takes place in the future. Some complain about that, and the voices of the readers. I think they did a good job. Nice story, just finishing today, and I've gone on to Xenocide now.

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    Monica 04-02-06
    Monica 04-02-06 Member Since 2005
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    "good story, good sequel"

    Sequels are hard to do. I thought Speaker for the Dead was a great sequel because it had Ender dealing with what happened in the first book as well as including a neat new story. Yes, the book is a bit more philosophical than Ender's Game, as others have pointed out, but the philosophical parts are well integrated and I found them interesting and thought they added good development to the story. I really liked hearing this book.

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    Robert Solomon Great Neck, NY USA 02-26-06
    Robert Solomon Great Neck, NY USA 02-26-06 Member Since 2015

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    "Good, not great"

    This book does a good job of continuing the Ender story. But it does not deliver the psychological insights as powerfully as Ender's Game does. The multi-narrator performance is better done than in Ender's Game. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, you will not be sorry if you want to hear all 4 of the Ender books.

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    Preston Columbus, OH, USA 01-31-06
    Preston Columbus, OH, USA 01-31-06
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    "A Solid Addition to the Ender Saga"

    I was looking for more of Ender and Card delivers, if after a long introductory movement.

    Overall the story is strong, moving, and philosophical. The book circling around classic sci-fi themes like the shape of "humanity," the challenges and opportunities of difference, and the limits of scientific knowledge. Card also draws a sharp eye on the weight of a single human life, and how shows how even a life of poor choices affirms the gift of life.

    The main weakness of the book is typical of Card, or perhaps his choice of characters: to much thinking or exposing how the world works and not enough invoking the physical presence of the world his characters inhabit. In Ender's Game, we might forgive him for the castrophobic setting, but in Speaker of the Dead we visit an alien world. I am disappointed for all the weight the means for Ender and the Hive Queen, I get little more than a 70's Dr. Who sketch of the setting, and nothing that viseral that remains even after multiple listenings.

    I look forward to reading more of this universe Card has created.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SmearODeer Harrisburg, PA 12-20-05
    SmearODeer Harrisburg, PA 12-20-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "End the young is old."

    Since reading and then later hearing “Ender’s Game” again 20 years later, I learned there were more stories and that this was a trilogy with a 4th book! I bought all of them. This is mostly because I liked the first book so much and the fact that I wanted to hear “The rest of the story.” In this book we are a mere 3000 years after Ender finished kicking Bugger butt and Ender is still going. By the end of this book you feel bad about what Ender did to the Buggers and want to know what that fleet is going to do, as well as some of the other interesting story lines and thus get the 3rd book Xenocide.

    Since I really enjoyed the action of the first book I was a little bit disappointed with this one. I do realize this was supposed to be the first story based on the short story that came from “Ender’s Game” and thus was not meant to be any thing like it. It Does have a strong story that will have you wanting to continue the story of Ender’s life in Xenocide.

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    Steve Warrington, PA, United States 12-06-05
    Steve Warrington, PA, United States 12-06-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Just Ok"

    This title and Children of the Mind are my two least favorite titles in the Enders Series. They are not bad, but they are much slower with alot less action. They tend to get wordy at times as well, I know it's the unabridged version but I found my mind wandering with so many "neddless" details. Overall though I like the book and love the series.

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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.

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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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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