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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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    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 Member Since 2014
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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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    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Sculptor and costumer

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    "i do not agree with those who find this boring."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Xenocide to be better than the print version?

    no


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Xenocide?

    i do not think this is a book you can pick memorable moments with. this is a build up and continuation of a great epic story of Andrew Wiggin, Lusitania, the Pequeninos and all the other characters, plots and subplots in the series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes


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

    Quara's vehemence that the Descolada is a sentient species and that it deserves understanding and preservation. I see so much parallel between the Ribeira family and the interaction of the virus. The idea that one of the children of Novinha, who lost her parents and subsequent father figure and lover to the Descolada, could defend it shows Card's understanding of family structures, and human behavior.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did enjoy this book. I think Card's handling of the philosophical, ethical, humanistic elements of this series was really well done. I agree with one of the other reviewers in that this series is something of a place to escape, and any one of the books can transport you immediately away and into the Enderverse.

    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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    David 08-20-12
    David 08-20-12

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    "Great Performances!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Xenocide to be better than the print version?

    YES - loved the Hive Queens conversations with Human


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Xenocide?

    The various actos portraying characters made for more memorable experience


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

    The Hive Queen


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

    Yes


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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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    WT Smith 10-20-11
    WT Smith 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Holy Smokes was this book slower than expected"

    By far more a philisphicol book than Speaker and obviously way more than Ender's Game.
    I actually skipped several chapters and felt like I didn't miss much. I suggest hiring asian actors for the asian roles, the accents were tough to listen to and the voice of the Hive was just weird (almost silly).

    A good conclusion to the trilogy, but continues the departure from action as Speaker did when compared to EG. But it was worth it to know what happened to good old Ender.

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    Victor Elizabethtown, PA, United States 07-30-11
    Victor Elizabethtown, PA, United States 07-30-11
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    "A Disappointing Installment in the Ender Series"

    I absolutely loved the first two installments: Ender's Game and Speaker For the Dead. But this third book overreaches in both the narrative and the narration. As I was listening to the book I thought that Card was biting off much more than he could chew. There were far too many characters, too many confused themes, many of which were in conflict with one another, and the plot was all over the place and full of obvious holes. For example, if Jane could monitor and control all ancible communications, she had many more options available to her than just the ones considered by the characters in the story.

    When I found out that this was actually a book that had nothing to do with Ender Wiggin and that Card had stuck the characters in later, it suddenly became clear to me why this effort was so much less satisfying than the first two.

    I don't think I will go on and listen to any of the remaining books in the series. I've had a vision of Card's devolution, and based on the listener ratings of his other books I suspect he never regains the excellence of Ender's game and Speaker For the Dead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Fort Rucker, AL, USA 04-07-10
    Karen Fort Rucker, AL, USA 04-07-10 Member Since 2006
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    "on and on and on and on"

    I loved the first two books in the series, and the actual storyline of this book was to an extent good. I also didn't have any real problems with the various accents used in narration either; there are many characters and storylines so distinct accents are helpful in keeping the story in context.

    However, the author took side trips to nowhere that were really self indulgent for the author and pointless to the reader, and seemed more to want to convince the reader of his own view of the creation of the universe than to tell the continuing story of Ender and the circumstances in his life. In the end, I felt like I was listening to a recorded internal debate, not a fictional story. The author's personal ramblings went on and on until I literally found myself groaning out loud and begging for the diatribe to end.

    If the author had simply stuck to the story telling and less to the lecturing on his own personal view of what "life is" this would have been an enjoyable listen, as it stands...it can only be described as good in places, painfully boring at times, and grating on the nerves at other times.

    If it helps, Children of the Mind (the next in the series) has the same ramblings but not quite as bad.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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