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)
I found <i>Ender's Game</i> to be an okay novel at best. It was predictable and just not very interesting. <i>Speaker</i>, however, was much more engaging and interesting. The tragedy of the story is evident from the beginning, but the resolutions aren't quite as obvious. Some of the descriptions drag on - not uncommon in sci-fi or fantasy novels - but otherwise a much better done book.
From an audio perspective, this one was first-rate.
Far too long and far too boring to really grab me. I was simply expecting too much after reading Ender's Game, which I rated as my favorite to date. While the story is interesting at times, it's simply not good enough to go on and on and on...
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Speaker of the Dead is a wonderful companion to Ender's Game. It can be read without reading Ender's Game...but I suggest starting with Ender's Game. Speaker for the Dead is not as fast paced as Ender's Game...but it is just as powerful. It is filled with a wide array of political, religious, scientific, and extraterrestrial ideas. If you have not read it...get it today!
I greatly enjoyed Ender's Game but wondered how Card could follow up. Speaker for the Dead is better, and Xenocide better yet. I never read science fiction better than this. Everything Card writes is spellbinding, yet he is not a great wordsmith; it's all in the story and the playing out of the concepts. I never read the abridged stuff, only the original works. Also, all the Card books are brilliantly done with a multiple cast. Some reviewers complain about the quality of the acting, but nothing distracts me from the story. This is a great book by a wonderful original writer.
I enjoyed this book very much. The readers are very good and the story is very entertaining. I found this book much deeper than the first Ender book. I recommend it to all.
While I really appreciate the psychological voice of Ender's Game and the story & characters make for a very strong work of sci-fi, Speaker for the Dead is something else altogether. Despite the science fiction trappings -- they play only a background mechanical role -- this story is driven by emotional tension and transformation unlike most other's in this dewey decimal neighborhood. This is a story about the honesty and empathy we need to live together, not just with other people, but with life -- that domination over it isn't the end game (forgive me). For me, it casts some light into the void Daniel Quinn masterfully poses in Ishmael -- what can a new story of mankind be?
I was taken by the richness of language and honesty of dialogue here. Card's time as a Brazilian missionary clearly tuned his ear to the beauty of the Portuguese tongue. His time with Ender lets him tell the truth, no matter who is speaking. The narration is mostly superb, using an array of pros to emphasize perspective. It was so great to hear Valentine again. After comparing notes with a friend who read the printed version, I think the Portuguese was a bridge to the story for the listener but it may have been a barrier for the reader. Finished it in just a few days and now can't wait to continue with Xenocide. Ho Orson!
If you enjoyed psychology class, sociology class, comparative religions, etc.... you'll like this book. It's a study of the tangled relationships, attitudes and morals of a small colony of humans that have settled on a planet where an indigenous species of intelligent life resides; the first intelligent alien life that humans have encountered since the Bugger wars 3000 years ago.
This book is quite different from ENDER'S GAME. It isn't an action/adventure book with detailed descriptions of battle sequences. Rather it's an examination of our "human-centric" thought processes.
Very slow start...found myself bored. But then, things happen and the story becomes interesting. The first third, I simply perservered because I didn't want to miss anything from this series, but it held its own the last two. Of the four stories that chronicle Ender, this was my least favorite...not bad, by any means, but a total departure from the first book, pacing and theme-wise. Critical read, however, if you want to read Xenocide and Children of the Mind (which I recommend) as this one lays it all out for those two. To simplify, Ender's Game stands on its own. Speaker, Xenocide, and Children are basically one long story across three books.
"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.
"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.
"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.
I loved this book, it kept me guessing from start to finish! I highly recommend it
Found a bit slow to start with, but got into stride after a while. Loved the piggies narration, well written.
"Speaker for the Dead"
A what to say.
This was a great way to pass a couple of days having read the book, what seems to be a lifetime ago, I thought I'd refresh and it surpassed my memories.
I'll look forward to the rest. 5 stars in all categories.
Having just finished listening to Ender's game, I was full of impatience to hear the sequel. Ender's game is a brilliant story ... this follow up is about as disappointing as is possible to imagine. There is virtually no story (the first six hours could be told in 16 minutes) and we are subjected to just endless over-detailed consideration of the implausible and somewhat puerile emotional and spiritual state of the unnecessarily numerous characters. The reasons why there are repeated interjections in Portuguese or input from a Catholic bishop in a story set in the distant and technologically unrecognisable future are, to put it mildly, obscure. Indeed, the plot in no way stands up to the technological context,
Finally, like Ender's Game, this is read by a heterogeneous group of readers. They switch and change repeatedly, often for no good reason that I could see. Certainly, they do not take one voice for one character. Possibly, when one reader got bored, another took over. One of the women reads like immature amateur trying desperately to impress her teacher by attempting to inject dripping (inappropriate) emotion and deep meaning (that's not actually there) into the most banal and inconsequential phrases.
I recommend Ender's Game to anyone. I recommend Speaker for the Dead to no-one.
A shorter introduction. With any other book I would have given up within the first hour. I found it hard to work out what was happening and who was who a lot of the time
Ender's game is probably just about my favourite book so I was eagerly looking forward to the next instalment of the trilogy. However, I was hugely disappointed. Others have commented about too much religion and I agree.
I found it very confusing having multiple speakers reading the same part. The voice of the narrator helps you build a picture of the character that adds to the book. So, to have a different voice pop up every few minutes reading the same character was off-putting in the extreme.
Most of the parts with Ender were still pretty good.
Unlikely to read the 3rd part of the trilogy which is a shame given how good Ender's game was.
The story is doing a great job on explaining the aftermath of Enders Game. Often I find myself sad to having a story end, and that I did with Enders Game, until I figured that a large series of books was doing a great job covering different perspectives of what happened after Enders Game, as well as along side of it.
There will be a day where I crave to listen to these stories all over again.
The revelations of the piggies. When you finally get an insight to how they live, and how being different and trying to help can seem as an act of aggression.
The voice action was great. The voices to begin with are great for reading, I did not find any annoying or overacted voices. Instead they had a good sense of making me know who was talking, without exaggerating.
The books does strike emotion, both laughter, sadness and compassion.
This book is great, though I advise anyone wanting to read it, to start from Enders Game.
"Great book, awfull portuguese."
This book is amazing, could not stop listening, and the interpretation is also nice. But as a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, it was painful to listen to any Portuguese spoken on the book, most was beyond recognition. I had to wait the English translation to understand what they wanted to say. The characters names in Portuguese were also very badly spoken, hard to match with any normal names in Brazil.
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