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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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    Rick Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-23-09
    Rick Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible"

    For the first time since using the audible site I truly regret purchasing an audio book. Xenocide is the worst audio book I have listened to. I was so disgusted with the horrible narration that I could barely make it past part one. The almost offensive Asian accent, the annoying voice of the Hive Queen, the
    insentient droning of Valentine, cumulate into something that can only be classified as torture. This book is filled with pointless details, scientific dribble at best, and leaves you wishing you had not wasted the minutes of your life listening to such garbage. Do no buy this book, please do not buy this book.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Taner Sengul 08-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Stop with Speaker for the Dead"

    It was a painful experience listening to this book. I would have stopped before I got to the end but I unfortunately also purchased Children of the Mind at the same time. There were long stretches of conversation which were so annoying that I wanted scream. Enjoy the first two books in the series and stop because you will ruin those stories if you listen to this.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    andy reece 07-09-14
    andy reece 07-09-14
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    "good book, asian 'accents' almost ruined it"
    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    i'm logging in to write this review solely to complain about the narrators' asian accents. it's not a PC thing - they were just horrible. especially the woman who (mostly) did wang mu's voice. i don't know who gave that narrator positive feedback when she was developing that accent, but it's just awful.

    i'm actually a fan of ethnic accents in audiobooks, when they're done well. it adds texture to the reading. that didn't happen here. the use of an overblown poorly-wrought caricature to emote and speak seriously...or for any reason, really, was a major detractor to this audio book. i actually thought the story was awesome, and i really appreciated the deep ontological thinking that card clearly invested in this series. but i really cringed every time that woman started talking again in that chinese accent.

    i guess i'd still have to say it's worth buying this, just for the actual writing, but if you can read it instead, do so!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Eagle River, AK, United States 04-29-13
    Emily Eagle River, AK, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Philosophical Discourse in the Enderverse Setting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is set in the Enderverse, but the actual story-line is secondary to the philosophical musings and debates presented by Orson Scott Card. He introduces an interesting new world and set of characters to supplement the story, but it still comes secondary to the philosophy.


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

    Yes, but probably not in continuation of this series. He has interesting story concepts, but the farther along his books have gotten from "Ender's Game" the less the books have to do with the actual story or characters. I am interested in listening to "Ender's Shadow" since it is supposed to be a parallel story to "Ender's Game."


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

    No


    Was Xenocide worth the listening time?

    More so than not, but I likely won't listen to it again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Chesapeake, VA, United States 02-18-13
    Aaron Chesapeake, VA, United States 02-18-13
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    "Why Broken Chinese Accents?"

    First, I must say this is a beautiful story, however Card's view of chinese culture is unrefined. His view seems filtered through the lens of old kung fu movies and western culture.

    I believe Card's view could be overlooked, but the accents placed on the chinese characters is horrible. If Chinese are speaking chinese to eachother, why did they sound like horrible imitations speaking english. Great book if you are not offended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Oliver Indiana 01-25-13
    J. Oliver Indiana 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible narration."
    What would have made Xenocide better?

    Better narrators.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There were several, but not always for the same characters. It was distracting. The Chinese accents were as bad as black face on a white actor. The melodrama of the females was horrible.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story wasn't bad. I feel that with better performances, I would love it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Goodyear, Arizona, United States 10-28-12
    Michael Goodyear, Arizona, United States 10-28-12
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    "Xenocide"
    What did you like best about Xenocide? What did you like least?

    Conversations with the hive queen. Anything to do with Path.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story of Path is completely non-essential to the story of philotes. Gotten rid of Path.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The actions the humans take after the reader discovers what happens to Keen.


    Did Xenocide inspire you to do anything?

    Not read children of the mind.


    Any additional comments?

    The religious intertwining could have been done better, the physics are decent, and the discussion of an intelligent virus seems the most well thought out and the debates are very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 09-03-12
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "A Little disappointing"
    What made the experience of listening to Xenocide the most enjoyable?

    It brought the series to a close. That was a good thing I suppose. The Speaker for the Dead was better than Xenocide. Most issues were resolved except for one annoying thing which I don't want to go into because it will give away some of the story.I wish I had some good things to say about the book but unfortunately I have to be honest and say that if you are a huge Ender fan you can get this book and maybe enjoy it; otherwise, I'd recommend passing on it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Han Tzu (sp?) because he had the courage to see the truth when it was presented to him. He could have clung on to his delusions the way his daughter did but he was courageous enough to see and recognize the hard truth.


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

    Par for the course. Most of the narrators gave solid performances. Some people complained about the Chineese accents but how else can you speak English with a Chineese accent? This is how almost every Chinese or Japaneese person I've ever heard speak English spoke. The narrators are not of Oriental descent and I think they did an admirable job.


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

    Yes. It involved Jane and how it showed her convictions a little better. I can't say more without giving away parts of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, Once Han Tzu's daughter refused to see the truth clearly she should have been dropped from the story. I was annoyed especially by the way she kept being quoted later on in the book as if she was some wise person when she was a brat without proper respect for people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 08-13-12
    Melissa 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best in this Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Xenocide the most enjoyable?

    The readers are excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story.


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

    They bring excitement and draws you into the story completely.


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

    I could not stop listening!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read the entire series of Ender's Game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Seattle, WA 05-23-12
    Ryan Seattle, WA 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Just stop at Speaker for the Dead"

    This was just an epic disappointment after two very strong showings in Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. The story is disjointed and lacks any sort of plan or flow. Way too much philosophy, and this book probably could have been written in half as many pages. The pace just seems to drag along, and you spend half the time contemplating skipping entire swaths of the book that are just pointless. I've only quit one series before finishing the whole thing, and I'm about to quit this one. It is just painful to listen to. Speaking of which, the naration is painfully bad as well.

    Save your money, skip the book. Quit after Speaker for the Dead, read the plot summary off of Wikipedia, and the Ender series will not leave you feeling disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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