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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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    Chris Minneapolis, MN, USA 11-14-03
    Chris Minneapolis, MN, USA 11-14-03
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    "Best Book in my young 30 years of life"

    What an imagination Orson has!!! If you even like sci-fi a little you will love this book. Travel the world and time to visit and help humans and aliens live together. Wow. Also this audio has an exciting cast involved in the narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victor manalapan, NJ, USA 04-24-03
    Victor manalapan, NJ, USA 04-24-03
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    "interesting series component"

    ...but not nearly as entertaining as ender's game ... a must have only if you are planning on listening/reading the entire series

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Kennesaw, GA, United States 10-24-13
    Clifford Kennesaw, GA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I want to pour cement in my ears"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Speaker for the Dead?

    The entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Having just relived Ender's Game in all the brilliance of audiobook I decided to get Speaker for the Dead, since I have never read it before. I got 3 hours into the daunting 14 (normally I would be excited for a book this long) and had to turn it off. Don't waste your money for this. The narrators are fine but the story is just dull all around. I get that it isn't supposed to be action packed but the story just never picks up. Boring in comparison to just about any book I have ever read. Save your money, read a synopsis.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey garland, ME, USA 05-01-10
    Jeffrey garland, ME, USA 05-01-10
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    "speaker"

    It was a good book, I like it but where does it come> you have enders game. then where do you go to for the next book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 01-22-08
    Jim 01-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Really Enjoyed"

    I thought Ender's Game was great and decided to get the next book. Speaker of the Dead was just as good. Some of the scenes are amazing. Card had me really feeling for the characters. Get the book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. SALAZAR Las Vegas, NV 08-08-07
    J. SALAZAR Las Vegas, NV 08-08-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "More praise for Card."

    I liked this more than Ender's Game. This had a deeper, more mature theme. I didn't like how Novena, a Scientist, is suposed to have covered-up evidence and clues, leading to more death - but I'm sure less plausible things happen in real life.
    Now, I crave hearing the next one, Children of the Mind!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harold 10-28-05
    Harold 10-28-05
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    "Great"

    If you think of people as tools that can be replaced over time, You will hate this book. If you are the type of person that puts yourself into their soul, Great Book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Rockvale, TN, USA 06-15-05
    George Rockvale, TN, USA 06-15-05
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    "Great but..."

    Great book but if you just want a typical mindless si-fi book you will be disappointed. I loved the whole idea of the "Speaker" talking about the white elephant in the living room makes it easier to deal it and move on.

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    snow 06-15-04
    snow 06-15-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Speaker for the Dead"

    Speaker was great! We fought over who would get the next disc to listen to on our way to work!

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    Nicholas Jersey, N/A, United Kingdom 02-18-03
    Nicholas Jersey, N/A, United Kingdom 02-18-03
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    "A poor attempt at an academic novel"

    The book consists of a plethora of layman's philsophy. It reminds me of attempts at writing either the next great European novel or the all encompassing sci-fi book that friends and I made when we were younger. When you're young and in the process of trying to write such masterpieces you tend to stumble across huge voids in your knowledge and understanding of history and human thought. This book uses first person thoughts and banal arguments (discussions) between characters as a way of exploring the human condition. The fact that Card has an extremely limited knowledge of his subject matter (knowing the odd philosophical argument does not count as knowledge in itself) does not seem to deter him. The character's are so sure of their own wisdom that it never occurs to them that for all their posturing and debate they are simply the ramblings of shallow minds.

    I myself am no great philosopher, but I did study the subject at Uni enough to bring to mind Socrates' quote (not accurate to the word, but you'll get the idea) "the wisest man is the man that knows he knows nothing at all". Combine this with the modern and oft quoted saying "they don't know what they don't know" and you have the author of this banal novel summed up. The genre suffers because people lap up rubbish like this and to be honest, there have been very few learned sci-fi writers (in fact I cannot think of one). Perhaps Tolkein was the only academic with an understanding of human nature to ever venture into the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Even Melvyn Peake was poor and his reputation has grown in academic circles only because of the likes of Antony Burgess (another pompus academic with little understanding of the underlying essence of humanity). I reccomend the author to read the likes of Zola, Dostoyevsky, Camus, Russell and Nietszche. At least then he may not be able to form an argument substantial enough to form the basis of a book, but at least he'll know it.

    Apoligies to all lovers of this novel.

    11 of 52 people found this review helpful
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  • Venice
    Accrington, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    6/23/05
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    "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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
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    "Desperately disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garry
    7/7/14
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    "Confusing narrative"
    What would have made Speaker for the Dead better?

    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


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

    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.


    What didn’t you like about David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Most of the parts with Ender were still pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlikely to read the 3rd part of the trilogy which is a shame given how good Ender's game was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Broenshoej, Denmark
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    "Great read/listen"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    The books does strike emotion, both laughter, sadness and compassion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great, though I advise anyone wanting to read it, to start from Enders Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matheus
    Diemen, Netherlands
    4/16/14
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    "Great book, awfull portuguese."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danamic
    Prestatyn, Wales
    12/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BEXLEY, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Different to what I thoughts"

    This was a good book very different to the first book in the seris but it takes the main character Ender in a new direction.

    I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    6/17/12
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    "Changes the gears for the series (still great!)"

    I love this whole series. The second book is as always wonderfully narrated. This book is quite different from the first, and that is a good thing. The author isn't being lazy and looking at the same questions over and over again. This, as it happens, is true for most of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Piano man 2007
    Europe
    8/12/11
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    "Too much christianity for me !"


    The book has its good and bad side. I like the detailed characters, altough the whole story is interwoven with religious stuff, sin, christianity, self-pity ... Can you image planets being colonized thousands of years from now with bishops as a main function in society ? I sure can't and I sure not hope so, just too far fetched...

    I looked him up on wiki after hearing the book that's when I found out his story are interwoven with his mormone religion...

    The book won a hugo award, main reason I wanted to hear it. But my guess is is that America gave this man an award because christianity is 30% of the SF story...

    3 stars for the characters & plot, -2 for religous crap ...

    All in all worth hearing though

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iplayedthatgame
    uk
    4/16/11
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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