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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!.

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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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    Jim Beaver Falls, Panama 01-22-08
    Jim Beaver Falls, Panama 01-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    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 Member Since 2006
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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 Tomball, TX, USA 10-28-05
    Harold Tomball, TX, USA 10-28-05 Member Since 2004
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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.

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    Don Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 12-11-08
    Don Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 12-11-08
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    "Ender's Shadow"

    What a treat to experience the Ender's Game story from a different perspective. The story is just as fascinating or maybe more so from Bean's point of view. The readers are, as usual, spot on. If you liked Ender's Game you will thoroughly enjoy this story. I also suggest giving Speaker for the Dead a listen.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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