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Xenocide | [Orson Scott Card]

Xenocide

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.
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Publisher's Summary

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effect of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way and a second Xenocide seems inevitable, until the Fleet vanishes.

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What the Critics Say

"Thought-provoking, insightful, and powerfully written." (School Library Journal)
"As a storyteller, Card excels in portraying the quiet drama of wars fought not on battlefields but in the hearts and minds of his characters." (Library Journal)

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    bronwyn 01-03-15
    bronwyn 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quantum physics meets Philosophy 101"

    I had to go back and listen to some parts over and over. The combination of philosophy and physics is intense. I am so confused by the mixed message of the ending. Faith is such a focus but in that case it seems to be saying that it is a product of insanity, and that people want to buy into that. I think I may have to try this one again in a few years and see how I feel.

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    Calvin 12-10-14
    Calvin 12-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible narration"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was fine. The conversations were a bit long but some were interesting. The fake "Chinese" accent was offensive and incredibly annoying. Will never listen to any books narrated by them.

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    Amazon Customer 11-07-14
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    "Awful narration, slow story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story progresses too slowly, with many ideas or exposition repeated by multiple characters. This book is thin on new ideas. The terrible narration of the Chinese characters makes this tiring story frustrating to listen to at times. I got through the book because I am committed to the series, but if this was the first book or a preview of things to come then I would stop.


    Would you recommend Xenocide to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Awful narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The poorly imitated Chinese accents are unnecessary and distracting. These passages should be rerecorded without accents!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Exhaustion.


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    Eric 10-19-14
    Eric 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration, Progression, and Characters"

    The first time I attempted to read through it, I was unimpressed with Xenocide . After enjoying Ender's Game and Speaker For the Dead, I thought that, through sheer persistence, I would be able to develop an appreciation for the third book in the series. About halfway through I realized that I just didn't have enough interest to go further.

    Two years later, I discovered Audible. Since I could listen while doing housework and such, I decided to give Xenocide another chance. The first thing that I noticed was the extent at which I disliked the voice actors. Xenocide contains characters from several species and ethnicities, and the voice actors attempted to distinguish each with particular ways of speaking. The narration for the Hive Queen, for instance, used drawn out words - "is" would become "izzz," as if she were a a snake from a Disney movie. A few major characters, having Chinese ancestry, had accents that felt forced to me; it's possible that these accents were real, but the names of the voice actors make me doubt it.

    The story itself tended to drag, at least for the first half. The latter half of the story was quite good, which is why I gave it three stars overall.

    Children of the Mind and Xenocide were originally intended as a single volume, according to Orson Scott Card. The enormous length of combining the two together was the major cause for their separation. When I first decided to write this review, I had planned to write it for Children of the Mind. My option to review Xenocide instead was to keep readers from bothering with the third in the series if the fourth would be a dealbreaker.

    I've now read six books by Orson Scott Card: the four books of the main Ender Series, Ender's Shadow, and Pathfinder. I've noticed a trend in his writing style. Some of the most refreshing components of Ender's Game were the logical progressions that Ender conducts when confronting some sort of obstacle. Bean conducts similar logical progressions. So does Rigg (Pathfinder). So does Si Wang-mu. So does Han Qing-Jao. So does Miro. So does Valentine. So does Quara. Far too many characters seem to have slightly refleshed versions of the Ender Wiggin mental pattern. This becomes very obvious during Children of the Mind, where several of these characters get copious back to back screen-time (not Bean or Rigg, clearly). By the end of Children of the Mind, I felt exhausted with Card's reliance on one of the things that made Ender's Game great.

    As a final thought, some things about the fourth book felt forced to me. I won't elaborate, to keep from giving spoilers, but I found myself disappointed with a particular trope or two that Children of the Mind gave way to.

    I'm not disappointed to have read the whole Ender Series, but I'm disappointed with certain aspects of Card's writing style. And the narration did nothing to improve things. I expect that many listeners will be in agreement if / when they decide to hear this book. I've spoken with several friends and colleagues who read the series in paperback. The general consensus is there.

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    Bonnie 08-12-14
    Bonnie 08-12-14
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    "Good book - but the performance was detracting"
    What made the experience of listening to Xenocide the most enjoyable?

    I bought this right before a long car trip as I had just finished Speaker for the Dead, which I really enjoyed. I thought the story was good, but one of the performers did an incredibly obnoxious Asian accent when reading parts about an Asian woman during the story. Not only did she do the character's voice with the horrid accent, but even when narrating events she used the same terrible, terrible accent. There was an episode of "Modern Family" where the little girl Lily was in a commercial voiced over by two people performing overly exaggerated Asian accents - this was worse.


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    Jordan Marinov California 07-18-14
    Jordan Marinov California 07-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Well worth getting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend the rest of the Ender series. It is true, Ender's Game is the most action packed but all things considered I believe Xenocide is my favorite. All the books are needed for good closure and all add up to a great story full of deeper philosophy in addition to captivating action.


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    Ejvind 07-05-14
    Ejvind 07-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A real story - not just action!"
    What did you love best about Xenocide?

    In these days most movies and books focus on action and doing. Orson Scott Card takes us in the opposite direction and uses detailed description to make the story alive and present without the element of action. It's not that nothing hapens, it's just that it doesn't run the show. Looking forward to the rest of the ender quintet!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made Ender a more human person, although he is still inhumanly calm and collected most of the time :-)


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Ender and Miro


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

    Sometimes it gave me a laugh, but mostly the ideas on religion and all that happens in it's name was made apparant to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, or read it.

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    ROBIN SUDLER SR 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much talking!!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Less talk and more action between characters!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The enter play between each species.


    Was Xenocide worth the listening time?

    It was slow reading.


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    Stefan 05-03-14
    Stefan 05-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful story to listen to"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    I loved Enders Game, and Speaker for the Dead was alright, but not as great. I should have known that the third book would be a downer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    I know there are other books out there in the Ender universe and I might try again once I have healed from the terrible story that Xenocide was.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    There many narrators and it helps to have an Asian accent for the citizens of Path. But ugh, I hated the citizens of Path and nothing could redeem their story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I hated the tedious social existential psychology. For every 30 minutes I listen to the story creeps along just a tiny bit.


    Any additional comments?

    This has put me off Orsen Scott Card and the audiobook now lies 3/4 finished in my library. I try every once and a while to finish it, but I just end up yelling at the narrators. But it's not their fault, they did a good job, it's the story that drives me mad by it's snail paced philosophy.

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    Edward C. Renz Plano, TX 03-29-14
    Edward C. Renz Plano, TX 03-29-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Truth"
    Would you listen to Xenocide again? Why?

    Yes. The voice actors are superior and there is so much to think about in this book that you almost need to listen to it twice to pick up on all of the information.


    What other book might you compare Xenocide to and why?

    I wouldn't compare it to another book. The Ender's series is in a class all by itself.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The woman who plays Valentine brings so much emotion to her characters, but all of the actors are so good that I prefer listening to this where often I prefer to read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I actually took notes in this book. "You cannot deny truth no matter how shabbily it is dressed." "You must understand all the consequences of an idea before you believe it." There is just so many deep points in this book that you have to just pause the book for a moment and let it all sink in.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this series so far. It's very moving and forces you to think in new ways and to view the world through fresh eyes.

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  • L. Evans
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    7/12/15
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    "Another gripping read!"

    This next instalment of Lusitania and Ender's stories had me gripped from the start. I will not spoil the story for anyone, but learning more about Ender, Novinha and the Pequeninos and the new world of Path was fascinating and engaging.

    The variety of readers helped with the transition between Lusitania or Path.

    A great story, definitely recommended, and well presented.

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  • P. cullen
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    4/24/15
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    "Beautiful story"

    I loved this story, a fantastic continuation to the engrossing Ender series. Highly recommended. Keeps you engrossed till the end.

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  • Ben
    Leicester, England, United Kingdom
    4/14/15
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    "Always"

    I have listened to this book many time. I always say "I'll never listen to it again" because of the ending. But when I listen to the ender books, I always come back to this one. And at the end, tears come from my eyes.

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  • Andrew
    2/28/15
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    "GREAT - Big ideas"

    It's long and sometimes drawn out and dialogue outweighs the action but it's easy to see why; this book contains a lot of big ideas.

    It feels like a philosophical dialogue between characters. Often it's hard to know where we are as there is little description, we are often reliant on the previous book "speaker for the dead" to give us insights into the local.

    However the dialogue does go somewhere and the ideas explored make for a satisfying read. Narration is broken up between different actors and on the whole this works well only occasionally distracting. I feel this is an ambitious and important science fiction novel and I enjoyed the journey and look forward to reading the second part, "children of the mind".

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  • T
    2/24/15
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    "descolada for the mind..."

    this book is descolada for the mind... like Han faysa's purification you get taken on dance that doesn't really go anywhere but, unlike Han faysa's, it's not a chore!

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  • Johnny
    Dublin
    1/18/15
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    "Food for thought"

    Really injoy the reading story and thought behind this book.. A look into the human condition the flaws the hope we all have as a spices. What can be accomplished if we think outside the box no and again

    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
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/18/12
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    "The series just keeps getting better!"

    I love the Ender series. The books are very different in story and tone, but they still fit together very well and are always of excellent quality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Buckley, United Kingdom
    7/27/11
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    "Dignified"

    The truth of the previous books, revelation, considered and explained at length. To some it might be tiresome and laboured...but to those who have truly 'lived' the intricate weave of what has gone before...This can only be a be a delightful enlightenment,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    5/14/09
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    "A worthy listen"

    This is the third in the "Ender" series, coming after Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead. This outing is a bit slower and a lot wordier than its predecessors, taking the time to discuss various philosophical ideas and to expand on the relationships of the many diverse characters. Orson Scott Card's skill at writing and depth of thought allows him to pull off the philosophical concepts that are woven into the fabric of the storyline convincingly and there is no sense of contrivance to the events that flow out of it. All the characters are excellently developed, and Ender is seen to be more human, faltering in his relationship with his wife (mad as a box of frogs) and suffering from self-doubt and the physical return of some of his childhood ghosts. This book got too long to be published as one and was split to accommodate the finale, Children of the Mind that I am looking forward to greatly. The same team of narrators as in the previous books perform to their usual excellent, crisp standards.

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