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  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,898

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Superbly written story, Well narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I listened to Ender's Game by the same group of narrators. I watched the movie first. That story made me interested in Orson Scott Card and the other Ender stories. Speaker for the Dead confirmed my interest and I will continue reading/listening to these stories. Card is a very intelligent and insightful author. The narrators do a fine job telling the story and assisting the imagination! I only dislike the constant switching up of the different narrators. I creates inconsistency and confusion. After listening to about half of the book I was able to start making sense of the different characters and the storyline. One of the female narrators in particular gave me the impression that she was over-dramatizing the parts of the story that she narrated. Over all narrating a book is a very difficult job to do successfully and this group of narrators did a fine job. I recommend this book, both written and audio versions.

  • Running with the Demon

  • Word and the Void, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press pause

  • By OrganicTaco99 on 02-23-16

Hard to press pause

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Not a particularly exciting story but well written. Terry Brooks excellently draws you in with suspense. At the end you are dissapointed it's over and eagerly anticipating the next story. The narration is performed well, also drawing you into the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,246

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

You can't put it down!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

I watched the movie first which I really liked. It got me interested in the book. I'm glad that the book is a lot different than the movie; also much better. The book gives a much clearer picture of what's going on through the story. It's not just a good story but also a thought-provoking one. You want to read the following books to learn more about Ender and his world. The performance was very good. The different narrators can create inconsistencies in the characters sometimes.

  • Lady Susan

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Susan McCarthy, Laurellee Westaway, Melissa Leventon, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Written in the then fashionable style form of letters between the characters in the book, Jane Austen tells the story of the beautiful widow Lady Susan. Lady Susan has an eye toward re-marrying well, and marrying off her teenage daughter. To achieve her objectives, she spins a tale of Victorian humor and manipulation. In the end, she outsmarts even herself. Jane Austen's earliest known serious work, Lady Susan is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Introduction

  • By Vincent on 08-08-14

Mediocre

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I think it would have been better if the characters had British accents. They still did a good job. The first have was boring. I had to force myself through it. It got better through the second half. Had Jane Austen finished this story I'm sure it would be very interesting and entertaining. Imagining Lady Susan's character in a movie I'm sure would be fun to see.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful