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Speaker for the Dead

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Orson Scott Card

Narrated By: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: April 2004

Duration: 14 hours 11 minutes

Summary:

The thrilling sequel to Ender's Game and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards-this full cast unabridged recording includes an original postscript written and recorded by author Orson Scott Card.
Three thousand years have passed since Ender Wiggin won humanity's war with the Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young, traveling the stars at the speed of relativity, but a hundred years or more might pass on Earth while he experiences a month-long voyage. In three thousand years, Ender's books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon, written under a pseudonym, have become holy writ, while the name of Ender itself has become anathema: he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings, killed the only other sapient race humankind had found in all the galaxy.
The only ones, that is, until the planet called Lusitania was discovered and colonized. The discovery was seen as a gift to humanity, a chance to redeem the destruction of the Buggers. This time, the Starways Congress vowed, there would be no tragic misunderstanding leading to war. But once again men die, killed by the aliens in a rite no one understands. Ender, now known only as the Speaker for the Dead, comes to Lusitania to speak for those who have died and discovers that in order to tell the truth about them, he must unravel the secrets of Lusitania.
Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in the Ender Quintet, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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  • Anonymous

    I did like this book. It was unusual and far-fetched, but appealing. The author confronts many of our preconceived ideas about life, death, religion, marriage, etc. I agree with many of his points about not judging people by their surface persona, until you know the whole story of their life. I did get very tired of hearing the word "piggies". Couldn't he have created a more respectable name for his race of aliens? Or at least used that nickname less frequently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Greg B.

    If you like Enders Game, you will hate this. it's very slow paced with little to look forward to. The reader is very average. would not suggest this book.

  • David W

    Incredible book. In my personal opinion, the best of the Ender series. I would also like to comment on the fabulous job done by each narrator. Grateful for the opportunity to revisit this story.

  • Eric C

    I enjoyed the primary narrator from Ender's Game being one of the narrator's in this book. I feel this one was definitely geared more towards adults than kids. Has a good story but I definitely prefer the first book.

  • Karen B

    Interesting book and also good narration. I really enjoyed this one.

  • Jordan Kolarik

    Everything you could hope for in a book and in a narrator. So impressed. A great experience.

  • Dina Heard

    I definitely enjoyed this book. The only thing that I dislike about was the constant changing of the narraters and the volume of the voices.

  • Muhammad Shafiq Ahmadin

    Awesome book, it was enlightening to hear the way it was presented.

  • Kevin Byrd

    It passes the time use it to fall a sleep ok book not great ok takes about two hours to get in to it

  • greg rooney

    I hate the fact that they use several narrators. They switch for no reason to a different narrator. It is awful.

Speaker for the Dead

by Orson Scott Card

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