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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!.

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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    Ninna Vorbasse, Denmark 01-04-14
    Ninna Vorbasse, Denmark 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The series Best"
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    Have you ever tried to explain the plot of a book, and people just look like they bit a lemon.

    Here you have to accept something unlikely credible or trustworthy unlikely. It sounds like nonsense, but if you can't deal with such a universe, this is not the series for you.

    This book is my absolute favorite in the series.
    And that is saying something when you talk about Enders game and Shadow series.

    It's really well written, it requires you to have an open creative imagination. And you're following along and genneralt just accpetere what you hear.
    Then the story reveals it self to you. It may be difficult at first, but give it a try.

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    Wesley ALBION, NY, United States 12-23-13
    Wesley ALBION, NY, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2016

    I began running last year and grew tired of listening to music. Audibles gives me a chance to hear the books I have always wanted to read.

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    "Not quite Enders Game... but still really good."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version.


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

    There were a couple instances where they reflected back on Enders life. They discussed the 'Giant' simulation from Ender's childhood, I thought that was great.


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

    Yes, the original Ender's Game. Its about the same.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not initially. It was a slow start but definitely picked up.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 12-21-13
    S. Larsen Layton, Utah 12-21-13 Member Since 2017

    I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.

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    "Thought Provoking and has changed me...."
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Deep Compassion, Charity.


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

    In the end when the Speaker says something about how the only way to Know someone is to love them, or the only way to love someone is to really know them. Can't remember exactly but the idea was that, that we could love any person if we really knew them.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea this book had such depth to it. I feel I have a deeper yearing to understand others, and love them. It really is a thought provoking book to say the least. It changed my view of compassion, and understanding of others.

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    Jami 12-20-13
    Jami 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version


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

    When Ender meets the new aliens


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

    You will be awed, you will be frightened, you will be amazed!


    Any additional comments?

    This book blows Ender's Game out of the water. Much better story, as if the author wrote the previous as a child and is now a master story teller. The characters are much deeper, the story rich and emotional. The action is there, but not in the same "combat" way as Enders Game. You might start to get impatient to find out what is going to happen, but it unfolds perfectly.

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    Kevin 12-19-13
    Kevin 12-19-13
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    "Great follow up to the initial Ender's Story!"
    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    The Speaker of the Dead answers the question which we most have at the end of a great story, "What happens next?" You spend a lot of time becoming intertwined with characters and then there's the climax and falling action, and the story is over. Well, now we know what happens to Ender & Val and what their next great adventures turn out to be!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    Yes


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

    Nothing extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't prefer the various narrators, trading off sections. I think this only could have been better if the various narrators read specific a character's dialogue throughout the book. Otherwise, loved the story, and enjoyed the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fisher Belmont, CA USA 12-17-13
    J. Fisher Belmont, CA USA 12-17-13 Member Since 2016

    Jonathan

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    "Yawn."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Could not finish this. Decades go by. I got it.


    Has Speaker for the Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But, I'm thinking that the author only has one good book now.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine.


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    gene marietta, GA, United States 12-13-13
    gene marietta, GA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "started slow"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    held my interest most of the time


    Any additional comments?

    this book started off slow but it grew on you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchell Hillsboro, OR, United States 12-12-13
    Mitchell Hillsboro, OR, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "was a good book"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    yes i loved the was it was read


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    i have already purchased the 3rd and 4th books on audible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i wish i had the time to i would have


    Any additional comments?

    loved this book a little to descriptive sometimes but the book had a good pace and moved well. would and will enjoy reading it again.

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    Jim 12-06-13
    Jim 12-06-13
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    "Better than I expected"
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Better than expected.

    I loved Enders Game. For some reason, I never read the book and really didn't know much about it, so the whole think was a great surprise. I couldn't see how this book would be as good as Enders Game, and it is not ... but it was more interesting and thought-provoking than I expected. All in all, I was satisfied with the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough one ... I didn't find Ender nearly as interesting in this book. He was a bit too smug and too "know-it-all" at times


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

    Not sure ... I thought the narration was good.


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

    To be honest, I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading these two books, I don't seem to be terribly interested in reading any of the other "Enders" books. I listened to one of the books that happened during the first buggers war, and I didn't find it to be very interesting.

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    S. Parikh 12-05-13
    S. Parikh 12-05-13

    I'm a software developer.

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    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    The character development was great. It really sets the stage of the ethical thought experiment tht Card lays out.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing. Aside from Ender's Game, this is the best book of the series.


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