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Speaker for the Dead Audiobook

Speaker for the Dead

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Publisher's Summary

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. Orson Scott Card infuses this tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious, and cultural contexts.

This, the author's definitive edition of the sequel to Ender's Game, also includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!.

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©1986, 1990 Orson Scott Card; (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an Imprint of Audio Literature

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1987
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 1986

"The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it." (Fantasy Review)

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    Cynthia COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 02-12-15
    Cynthia COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 02-12-15
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    "Tributes for the Departed"
    Where does Speaker for the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most thought-provoking sci-fi audiobooks I have listened to because even now, months after I finished listening, I think about what people say about the lives of the dead. What a novel concept to consider the life from the point of dead person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender and his diligence to tell accurate stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to pick one scene. I liked the flow/journey of discovery that Ender endured to come to the point where he could speak for the dead in the context of their entire lives, good bad, mundane, extraordinary events in everybody's life.


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    Nomin Enkhbold 02-08-15
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    "Kind of a let down"

    The book was pretty stark and depressing from beginning to end. Lacked the charms of Ender's Game. The reading does not help.

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    shane 02-07-15
    shane 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great read"

    The narrators are spectacular as normal and the story although not action packed is gripping and emotional

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    Peggy Seay Richmond, VA 01-22-15
    Peggy Seay Richmond, VA 01-22-15 Member Since 2016

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    "The best"

    Speaker For The Dead is my all time Favorite Orson Scott Card novel. So much so, I've read it several times.

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    Santa1954 Portland, OR 12-31-14
    Santa1954 Portland, OR 12-31-14 Member Since 2017

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    "Great Book"

    The story line keeps you wondering what will happen next. I can not count how many times I have listened to this book, it gets better each time!

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    Dyego Santa Catarina, Brasil 12-24-14
    Dyego Santa Catarina, Brasil 12-24-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A very deep story!"

    Speaker for the Dead is very political, and the story is much more denser and deep than the first book, Ender's Game.

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    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 12-15-14
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 12-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Vivid imagination"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Loved it~!


    Any additional comments?

    Card has a vivid imagination. Complex characters and plot. Beautifully presented with multiple speakers brings the story to life. Clearly one of my favorite books on tape.

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    mousehunter 12-07-14
    mousehunter 12-07-14
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    "Riveting insight of another world"

    I enjoyed "Ender's Game", so why wouldn't I want to keep listening to the story? At first, though, I wondered if I had made a wise choice. Yet the story sucked me in, nonetheless. And then, at the very end, the author himself explains the reasons behind the story, explanation of the title, and affirmation of my decision to like this book in the extreme.

    If you liked "Ender's Game", you'll really like "Speaker for the Dead".

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    Paulo M. F. Andrade Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09-28-14
    Paulo M. F. Andrade Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Much more rich than Enders Gam"
    Would you listen to Speaker for the Dead again? Why?

    Probably not. Is a nice book to read but no reason to try it again.


    What other book might you compare Speaker for the Dead to and why?

    Enders Game, the prequel, is inferior to this book.


    What does David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices just give a pleasant feeling but, sometimes, the constant change of voices confused me since they are not acting, just reading.


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

    Just like the ideas and concepts


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    Matthew 09-18-14
    Matthew 09-18-14
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    "Put a De-esser on this thing!"
    If you could sum up Speaker for the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender because he is awesome at everything he does and I relate to him. He has true wisdom over everyone and understands how to read people.


    What three words best describe David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s voice?

    Please put a de-esser on this whole thing. My ears were annoyed for the first few hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pigs don't know death


    Any additional comments?

    The esses are too much. Please do some better editing of this thing.

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