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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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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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©1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2000 Audio Renaissance

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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    Thomas T. Veldhouse Coon Rapids, MN United States 05-18-12
    Thomas T. Veldhouse Coon Rapids, MN United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but not as good as the previous two novels."

    I loved the first two novels in the series, but this one doesn't quite live up to my expectations, although it was good. The performance is fantastic as usual, but the story of all the actions on Path left me wondering why so much dialog was necessary...it bored me and was overly wordy. Also, the method of solving the "problems" left me feeling cheated and the resulting appearance out of the void reinforces this feeling. Still, there is a solid continuum of story line that leads into the next novels that leaves me looking forward and not back.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-20-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You get to see Ender in a new light"
    What did you love best about Xenocide?

    That Ender is seen needing his 'sister' to save himself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Xenocide?

    Trying to figure out the end of the book.


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    Alan 01-12-12
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    "Warning-this book may make you think BIG thoughts"
    Any additional comments?

    As the third book in a trilogy where you know the characters bringing additional depth to them without being predictable or trite is a real challenge. This book meets that, strong plot that can carry the listener - yet the topics, ideas and moral dilemmas are worthy of deep consideration. The narration is outstanding. Absolutely 5 stars

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    S. Singer 12-09-11
    S. Singer 12-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    OSC is an excellent writer. I am not looking for high action all the time. Sometimes I just want a good story and Xenocide is a good story. Of course OSC becomes philosophical, that's a large part of what Science Fiction is after all.... Listen to this book to listen to a good story where drama builds and characters are developed. He presents a great moral dilemma and looks at all sides of it. This is a very natural next book after Speaker for the Dead.


    What did you like best about this story?

    OSC sets up a great dilemma that has no seemingly good outcome for anyone. High action? No. Interesting? Yes. Is Ender the boy hero? No (you've read enough reviews to know that already though). Ender here is what we would have expected Ender the boy hero to grow up and become - a wisened older man. In addition, I liked how OSC developed Valentine; she is integral to Ender and her perspective on the Hive Queen made the buggers very real.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy all of Rudnicki's performances. What I especially like about OSC books, is that they are as entertaining as a movie. Many audio books are straight content and that is fine but not always entertaining. Rudnicki and OSC have captured the essence of a Readers Theater.


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

    Not really. It would be too much.


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    Hope 10-26-11
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    "Leaves you wanting more!"

    If you are still hooked on the Ender series, this book will leave you wanting more. Though more intellectual than the last two, it continues to build on the trials and mind games of the 100 worlds. Card is brilliant again. The only downside is that the book does not end-instead it stops. Thank goodness I waited to start the Ender series until after "Children of the Mind" was written or I would have been very upset at having to wait to see where this book was leading.

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    Kenley Dillsburg, PA, USA 07-01-09
    Kenley Dillsburg, PA, USA 07-01-09
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    "To each his or her own I guess."

    I just think its a matter of interest. Something that might tug at you as being irritating might sing to someone else. I enjoyed this book a lot. With some books, such as this one, you have to look past a certain plot or scheme of events that take place and just enjoy the nature.

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    Elizabeth Phoenix, AZ, USA 02-03-07
    Elizabeth Phoenix, AZ, USA 02-03-07
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    "OCD? Yes"

    Not as tightly written as the first two. I appreciate the depth of his understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but would have preferred not to have read soooo much of it.
    I am still a fan and am glad I read it. but I doubt I will read it again.
    I look forward to re-reading the "Shadow" books.

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    Gary W. Gilbert , AZ, USA 06-02-06
    Gary W. Gilbert , AZ, USA 06-02-06
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    "More Ender"

    The story of Ender continues, but this time you have to buy two books. This book was simply too long (300,000 words) according to the commentary at the end, so they publisher decided why publish one when you could publish two for twice the price. So, you'll have to get Children of the Mind to hear the rest of this book. Overall, the story is good, more of a soap opera than Ender's Game. That's what got me going in this series.

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    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So much better than I remember"

    I read this book when I was 12. Over 20 years ago. I still have vivid mental images from this book lodged in my brain from that long ago. It was wonderful to listen to it now and see how my perception of the world has changed and grown. I enjoyed it so much more this time around.

    It is a long and wordy book, but sometimes those are the best kind. If you get bored, pause it and go listen to something lighter. It will be there waiting when you're ready to come back to it.

    While it does have some pretty fantastic and futuristic ideas, the humanity of it still applies.

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    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 02-04-10
    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 02-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Must read, if you're started the Ender series"

    This is the first-half of the end of the Ender Speaker series. Great narration combined with a great story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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