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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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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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    MathNerd 09-14-16
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    "Fuck Novenia and Ching Jao"

    It was kind of ridiculous but I liked it. Novenia and Ching Jao are both a pill. Their stupid antics made the book less enjoyable. For "smart" characters it was painful to listen to their unreasoning. But this book made me understand how the author thinks. Good quality literature.

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    LeRoy Cortez, Colorado, United States 09-12-16
    LeRoy Cortez, Colorado, United States 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great follow up for speaker"

    I enjoy the mix of readers/narrators. The story is very well writen. However, it is very wordy. I think it needed to be, but it felt uncomfortably drawn out. looking forward to the next book in the series all the same. Guess it wasn't all bad.

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    Amazon Customer Kennewick, WA, United States 08-06-16
    Amazon Customer Kennewick, WA, United States 08-06-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Like watching the grass grow"

    Talk talk talk, no action, philosophy, religion physics and Mormon theology. After Enders game and Speaker for the Dead - a big disappointment.

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    Sean M Strong 07-14-16
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    "gloriously bright irresistible read"

    it would be a heard feat to find another book as enlightening and brilliantly written as this.

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    David MacDonald St. Louis, MO USA 07-11-16
    David MacDonald St. Louis, MO USA 07-11-16 Listener Since 2007
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    "Good story, racist narration"
    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It was really racist.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is fine. Possibly the weakest of the main Ender series, but it's not terrible. There are definitely some absurd contrivances, and the Path storyline gets a little bit too much weight compared to the Lusitania plot.

    However, as much as I like this story, I almost can't listen to the audiobook because of the narrators reading Chinese characters speak with such ridiculously racist accents. It's really grating to listen to. I'm not sure where it came from, as not all of the narrators use accents. I am careful to only listen with headphones because it's pretty embarrassingly offensive.

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    BethRunner 07-10-16
    BethRunner 07-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The best of the trilogy"

    I loved the complexity of story and ideas. Orson has a beautiful way of weaving charter, plot, biology, anthropology, psychology and physics together to explore each in a thought provoking way. I can't wait to read Children Of The Mind!

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    Raf 07-04-16
    Raf 07-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So profound"

    this is perhaps one of the most profound books I have ever read. It delves into many different philosophical questions about metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. The ideas it presents are self-consistent and a delight to ponder on. All this while being immersed in the Magnificent, wonderful, terrifying & Noble world of Ender Wiggin, Lusitania, Path and the hundred worlds. It is a wonderful read, and I hope everyone can enjoy it as much as I did. Listening to it can make the complicated philosophical ideas easier to absorb while maintaining the flow and pace of the plot.

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    deebooow Berwyn Il 05-31-16
    deebooow Berwyn Il 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Xenocide the murder of an entire alien race. Or 3"

    This is such a great extension of speaker of the dead.

    And now I have to get the next book and start it immediately

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    Simon Florida, US 05-20-16
    Simon Florida, US 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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