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Xenocide Audiobook

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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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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    Mattias America 02-05-15
    Mattias America 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as Enders Game"

    Still it was an ok book. Interesting worlds and characters. Intersting with the AI coputer.

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    Kellan 02-02-15
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    "Xenocide is Orson Scott Card at his best"

    Xenocide is Orson Scott Card at his best. Incredibly philosophical and smart. Xenocide contains some of Cards most interesting ideas and most striking scenes.

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    Peggy Seay Richmond, VA 01-28-15
    Peggy Seay Richmond, VA 01-28-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Tao"

    I love the way Card incorporated a bit of Taoism into this story. I get so involved in Card's characters! Qing-Jao was arrogant and annoying, I wanted to smack her at times! I KNEW exactly where she was heading near the end!

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    tlnpdx United States 01-26-15
    tlnpdx United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2005
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    "cerebral"

    Where much of Ender's Game was action this was cerebral, speculating the nature of existence, life, intelligence, and freewill. Not a light read or something to undertake if you are going to be distracted.

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    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 01-19-15
    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great readers, awesome story."

    I am always worried when I see multiple readers, but this series did a great job weaving between them. There are parts of the story that I feel were unnecessary, but overall it is great. Really makes you think. Possible the best syfy writer I've read.

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    Kindle Customer 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another fantastic book by author Orson Scott Card"

    Different from Ender's game, and different still from Speaker for the dead. A very philosophical book, but no less wonderful that the previous two books of the series.
    I highly recommend it.

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    Vartan Grigoryan Burbank, California United States 01-14-15
    Vartan Grigoryan Burbank, California United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best of the 1st 3 books"

    Easily my favorite of the first 3 novels in the saga. The most philosophical and spiritual of the them so far.

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    Jim Carrillo 01-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great ending to the trilogy."

    I loved this trilogy and enjoyed how nicely everything got tied together in this final chapter.

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    Steven 01-09-15
    Steven 01-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb"

    Third book in the Ender series, so be sure you've read Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead before reading. However, if it's been a while since you read either book, Card does a good job of reviewing key details from the other books before proceeding with the narrative.

    I was surprised by several profound philosophical insights in the book that seemed to transcend the story, as if the series itself is meant to be an allegory about humanity. Card even attempts through his characters to muse about the very questions about the very origin of life itself, although the attempt to name and give it a made up physical phenomena could be the point at which some readers feel the book becomes "science-fictiony."

    This book is long: at least 15 hours. And it is really a two part book, with Children of the Mind being considered to be its counter-part. Although I would consider Speaker for The Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind a trilogy in their own right. If you liked Ender's game, it cannot be assumed you will like the other ones because they're a lot different, but they are really good in their own right.

    I loved this book. I can't wait to read the next one.

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    Casey 01-04-15
    Casey 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as Jim Dale who draws you in"

    Jim Dale draws you in and makes you listen but the story line was the only thing what kept me reading happy listening!!!!!

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    "Fasinating"

    I can see how this could be made into a film but it would lose its philosophical soul. Lots of really interesting things to think about now. When is sanity madness and vice versa? When is it ok to wipe out a species? Who are you, actually? Enjoy.

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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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    "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
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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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    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
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    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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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,

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