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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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    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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    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 03-27-14
    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 03-27-14
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    "Can easily be shorter"

    After coming from "Speaker for the Dead", I was expecting a lot for this book. It disappointed me. There is little character development happening, instead it is replaced with ongoing family arguments. While some of that is necessary to drive the narrative, it goes on and on and on. Along with the overblown quarreling, you get a lot of overly descriptive conversations on meta-physical psuedo sci-fi gibberish. Again, a little bit helps drive the narrative, but it was excessive.

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    Henry S. 02-17-14
    Henry S. 02-17-14
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    "First book I've disliked in my entire life"
    What did you like best about Xenocide? What did you like least?

    The only thing I liked was the idea of Jane, particularly because I am studying artificial intelligence. What I liked the least was that everyone was annoying and consistently made stupid decisions that created further problems, so all of the drama seemed very contrived. Even the really big problem with the fleet (continuing from Speaker for the Dead) was caused by the "brilliant" Jane and yet there is no discussion about that! This is in stark contrast with Ender's Game where most decisions where understandable so the problems seemed like they could actually happen.The "philosophical questions" are numerous but so overt that the characters actually tell each other they are about to discuss the philosophical importance of some subject. There is no subtlety and not much room for the reader to get drawn in.


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

    I think I'm done with this story. I'm considering the Shadow series, but I don't think I can tolerate more of Peter though. Not sure if it's the voice or the writing, but listening to Peter is too over-the-top obnoxious for me.


    Could you see Xenocide being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way. As the narrator says in the afterword, this story is too "talky"...there are almost no actual events to put on a screen. And the only events are either annoying or silly. I'd be as much fun as watching people wash their hands until they bled.


    Any additional comments?

    As the headline says, I've never read a book I didn't like in my entire life. I don't have very high expectations for books or movies, they are just something to pass the time for me.However, I really had to push myself to finish this book and thus write my first review on audible. My wife is reading the Kindle version and she gave up less than halfway, though she has higher expectations than I do. Her complaint was "too much needless talking", and I agree that it felt like a drawn out spanish soap opera, where almost everyone is annoying and endlessly whining, thus always creating new petty problems to solve. Then at the end, like the last episode of a spanish soap opera, everything gets quickly and conveniently resolved.Except for the problem from Speaker for the Dead that actually caused me to read this book...there has been no progress made on that problem. Now I don't care, it might be better to destroy that annoying planet.

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    Kate 02-03-14
    Kate 02-03-14
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    "A really looooong bridge"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration was fine most of the time; however, occasionally a narrator would overdue the Chinese accents and it was hardly tolerable.


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

    Xenocide is a really long bridge between books 2 and 4 in the series. There isn't really a rising action or climax since it sets up everything for the final book in the Ender series. Additionally, the author says at the end of the audiobook that the original idea for this book was not specifically apart of the Ender series, but adapted it to fit in when he saw the opportunity.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Chinese accents were occasionally intolerable they were so heavy.


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

    Xenocide: A Commentary on Theoretical Physics and Futuristic Chinese Father-Daughter Relationships


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    joseph 01-20-14
    joseph 01-20-14
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    "Has almost nothing to do with the original Enders"
    What disappointed you about Xenocide?

    If you like to listen to total philosophy then this book is for you. If you wanted to be entertained then I would not recommend this book or the next, "Children of the Mind"


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    Texas Mom 01-16-14
    Texas Mom 01-16-14

    SyFy, Zombies, Dystopia, Survival, Science non-fiction... anything to keep my mind entertained while doing the dishes.

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    "Horrid Narration, Great Story"
    Where does Xenocide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far, I have read Ender's game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. I think the books keep getting better and better.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narration is horrid in general. (1) There are several narrators, but the parts they read are inconsistent, thus creating a lot of confusion. For example, one paragraph will have one female narrator reading a female character and immediately the next paragraph will have a male character reading the SAME female character. (2) Towards the end of the book, two of the narrators sound like they are children, not reading a child character but the narrators themselves sound like they are children reading out-loud. (3) The voice of the hive queen is the most irritating thing I have ever heard in my life. Every word is exxxxteeeennnnddddeeeeeddddddddddd and then then the special effects add an "echo" to each eeeeeeeexxxxxxxxxxxtttttttttttteeeeeeeennnnnnnndddddddddeeeeeeedddddddd word. I do not think the book was written like that, so why is it read that way? (4) The female narrator reading is extremely affected, no matter what the character is saying, she says it as the final dying words of an important person. (5) The reading for all the characters of the God's spoken is infuriating, the narrators are trying to imitate "Chinese" accents but the accents are inconsistent, very affected and I understand maybe the characters "sounding" that way, but the narration also?
    I am not sure who produced this audio book, the book is excellent and I think this audio book is a total disservice to the author and to the audience as well.


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

    I really like the philosophical arguments in which the characters engage themselves and how every character is well rounded with qualities and defects, very "human" even the aliens :)


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    Kevin United States 12-30-13
    Kevin United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Seemless!!!"
    What did you love best about Xenocide?

    It flowed seemlessly from Speaker for the Dead that I had to go back and listen to a few excerpts to understand where the break in the two stories occurred.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Planter's sacrifice


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to have known precisely who the Hive Queen was engaged with regarding the on going dialogue which really helped further the story. I guess the mystery of who/what she was in conversation with adds to the flavor of the story. Some great surprises at the end, which just leave you salivating for the next installment!

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    Mike M. Javanmard 12-21-13

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    "Great Story but..."

    A great performance of the story. The story was good too but it could be confusing if I had not heard the previous stories Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead, first

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    Cynthia COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 12-15-13
    Cynthia COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 12-15-13
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    "Fascinating ethical dilemma"
    Would you listen to Xenocide again? Why?

    I will probably listen to the whole Ender and Bean series again in a year or so. Some of the concepts really made me examine my thoughts on other cultures and species.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between the various cultures and critters, and how everything is entertwined.


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

    The ability to "read" while driving


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

    Too many to list


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I know the character, the locales,and the politics of the Enderverse personally

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