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Xenocide Audiobook

Xenocide

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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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©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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    Simon 05-20-16
    Simon 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Had so high hopes, was even more disappointed"
    What would have made Xenocide better?

    I loved Ender's Game. And in Speaker for the Dead, the story really grow up and I was thrilled to know how the story line continues. But Xenocide was a disaster. Endless repetitions, dragged out 'monologues, weirdly religious elements in every second sentence. This is a christian gods/souls/life/afterlife fantasy novel and no science fiction story.


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

    I was confused about the deeply religious setup of a Brazilian Catholic colony, and how suddenly the evangelism of pig-like aliens was a big part of the story. It felt so wired that I googled Orson Scott Card ... and yeah, he was a Mormons missionary in Brazil. Seriously? If I wanna know about Mormon missionaries, I go see a musical, but that's not why I listen to science fiction.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't care too much about the performance, although some accents were quite wired.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Xenocide?

    I would have cut the book down to half its length.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop with Ender's Game. Definitely skip the Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and
    Children of the Mind (which I haven't read).

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    Jonathan 05-15-16
    Jonathan 05-15-16
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    "Ironic Portrayal of the Author's own Bigotry"

    While the prior two novels in the Ender series had some interesting philosophical concepts embedded in the storyline, this novel seemed to try too hard to discuss an idea that was not fully conceived. Ironically, there is a character, JingJao, who seems to model the author's own life. Known for his rigid conservative stance on social issues, Orsen Scott Card seems to portray himself (albeit unintentionally) in the development of a character so rigid in her religious upbringing that she fails to see the truth standing right before her own eyes.

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    Amy 05-15-16
    Amy 05-15-16
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    "Awesome"

    This is a great continuation of Ender's story. There is so much visualization and the characters grow so much in their characters. It is very interesting and it was hard to stop listening.

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    Jaak 05-15-16
    Jaak 05-15-16
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    "A very enjoyable experience!"

    I enjoyed the book. Narrators were superb. A very nice followup to the previous book.

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    Timothy W 05-10-16
    Timothy W 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome book"

    I really enjoyed the philosophical concepts in this book, I will have to listen a few more times to grasp it all.

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    Kindle Customer 05-09-16
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    "90% Philosophy 10% story."

    This book was fantastic. It delves deeply into the philosophy of what makes a creature sentient and deserving of life. It also tackles the matter of righteous self defense.

    The story got a four star mostly because I felt myself groaning inwardly every time Choa Li-Ming's chapter came up, and only because I was forced into a hypocritical and pious mind of a child who wished to lord over everyone. Also, the story only slightly touched Ender and his adventures in this book, and since Ender is my favorite character, I was more than a little disappointed.

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    mandi 05-04-16
    mandi 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "almost perfect"

    one of my ask time favorite books and series. the only thing i disliked was the narrator's accents. specifically of the ancestrally Chinese people of Path. it was poorly done and made it hard to focus on the story.

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    Wonder Llama 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I can't decide."

    if I'm more in love with ender's story or the performance of the voice actors.

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    Joe 04-21-16
    Joe 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Deep dive into philosophy"

    The third of four in the Ender storyline, this book is a bit of a deep dive into Philosophy. It's more similar to "Speaker for the Dead" than "Ender's Game", in that the conflicts are intense discussions and less physical confrontations.

    I enjoyed the book a lot, but it is slow at times. The diversions are all important and interesting, but you need to be in the right mindset to enjoy it. Not quite as good as the first two in the series, but still worth a listen.

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    Aleta 04-16-16
    Aleta 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Reader for Valentine is unbearable."

    Woman who does Valentine puts the wrong emphasis on everything. Any words that have an "oo" sound, like "room", she draws out to something like "roooomm". They way she characterizes interactions is as though the characters are all in a deep, soap-opera-like, lover's quarrel. Every other reader is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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