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3.99842105263158 out of 53.99842105263158 out of 53.99842105263158 out of 53.99842105263158 out of 53.99842105263158 out of 5 4.00 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki, A Full Cast Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ender Saga Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9781593974770
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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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Quotes & Awards

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

  • The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology. USA Today
  • A well-presented audio novel, this is one to enjoy with your feet up and a cap of tea or coffee. Don't have any other distractions. The results will be rewarding. Stephen Hunt's SFCrowsNest.com

  • Winner of Locus Awards - Winner, 1987
  • Among longlisted titles for John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Third Place, 1987
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 1987
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of Nebula Awards - Winner, 1986

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/9/2017

    " I feel so emotionally exhausted from this book. Fantastic read for the second part to the Ender series. Better than Enders Game for provocative thinking, but less space battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonna | 2/17/2014

    " Enjoyed this as a solid follow up to Ender's Game. Actually liked it more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/16/2014

    " A lot of people said this wasn't a great book and advised me to skip it and go the Ender's Shadow route but I really enjoyed this one! Some of it was a little predictable, esp for the last 100 pages or so, but I overall really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to Xenocide "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sirius | 2/12/2014

    " Another great book by Orson Scott Card. Wondering how I hadnt read his works sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Bell | 2/6/2014

    " Took me a couple tries to get into this book but once I did it was worth it. Card is a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 2/2/2014

    " CAVEAT: I read (and enjoyed) this book before I found out about the author's views on LGBT issues. The score is for the book on its own merits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra Batton | 1/28/2014

    " Orson Scott Card never disappoints. I have fallen in love with Ender all over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 1/23/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. It was well written but the setting was 3000 years after the first book so I was a little disappointed about that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Caramatti | 1/20/2014

    " As the sequel to "Ender's Game," I found "Speaker" to be not as entertaining, but still enjoyable. And it includes some fascinating ideas about the nature of intelligence and life-forms. Chapter 11 is basically a close look into the birth and thoughts of an artificial intelligence which was amazingly believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 1/14/2014

    " This book is great. I really loved it. I could read it over and over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pablo Albornoz | 1/3/2014

    " Very, very deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/1/2014

    " Story was not as compelling as the first but I have fallen in love with Ender and the Piggies. Was not a fan of the way religion was used within this book, but I read it within a day and could not put it down. Ready for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tena | 12/22/2013

    " Started off much slower than Ender's Game and is a lot "heavier" of a read. There is a whole lot written on how this alien species reproduces (nothing vulgar or offensive) that was interesting, but also very complex, so it took some thinking to really understand the whole process. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 12/16/2013

    " Again I'm being deliberately unfair, I'm reviewing his discriminatory actions as a person then his actually good writing but I can't in good conscience ever recommend his writing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Yelencich | 12/9/2013

    " So Good, So Good, So Good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacky | 10/12/2013

    " Not as action packed as Ender's Game. It was slow at certain points and did not appeal to me as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/15/2013

    " In some ways it is even better than Ender's Game but they are so different it is hard to compare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aranel | 11/13/2012

    " I fully enjoyed this book. I found that there was a bit more depth in character compared to the first book in the series. This series is turning into one of my favourites; I love books where I can hypothesize all I want, yet the endings always find some way to surprise me (or play with my emotions). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 3/24/2012

    " Great book. Almost as good as Ender's Game. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris-pagan | 2/23/2012

    " I hate his bitch wife SO MUCH I will never recommend anyone read it, nor will I ever do so again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prin Chuk | 1/24/2012

    " Not as good as Ender's game but still a good read. It was thought provoking and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmad Alkadri | 12/27/2011

    " Actually better than I expected. We get really nice character interraction here, without disposing the plot too much. A good classic Sci-Fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 9/3/2011

    " A good book. It really is something that you can read without the previous one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PSXtreme | 6/1/2011

    " A different pace than that of Ender's Game...also a different focus. Instead of the main character being the savior of humanity, he becomes the victim looking to become righteous again. Nevertheless, a good read. You definitely should read Ender's Game first before starting Speaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Torero Fabrizziogmailcom | 5/20/2011

    " I liked it a lot less than the first book, Enders Game. I just didn't care much about the plot of this book or the characters. It was an interesting idea and I did enjoy it somewhat, I might reread it to get a second opinion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/19/2011

    " Read it because of Ender's game... mixed opinions. Author clearly doesnt have the imagination for epic scifi. 3000 years of peace in a galaxy spanning civilization, and there's barely been any change in technologies or society? please. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis | 5/18/2011

    " It's obvious why the author took home so many awards for this and 1st part Ender's Game as both are not only page turning reads but make interesting commentaries on human nature itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moriah | 5/14/2011

    " This book was amazing! How Card ever dreamed this story up is beyond me. I find my own frame of thought challenged just as Human's was. I won't spoil anything because everyone should read it but it provides wonderful insight into so many aspects life. Can I please have a Speaker speak my death? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 5/12/2011

    " Another excellent book. This one was conceived even before the first one, and its nearly as good as. Like the first, it's very easy to read and understand. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 5/9/2011

    " This is by far the book in the Ender's Game series (of which I've read the first four) that disappointed most greatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ironrodd | 5/8/2011

    " I started reading this book as a jr. high schooler, and couldn't finish it. But I just re read it and now I know why OSC thinks this book is better than Ender's game. Great story, great twists, even though some were easily seen coming. I can't wait to read Xenocide now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 5/7/2011

    " I really liked the main premise of the book and I can't wait for James Cameron to make a movie of it. However, it really needed a good editor. This story could have been told in half the number of pages. It's a shame that there is so much set up for the next novels in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 5/4/2011

    " Ender's Game was an excellent book. It had an extremely sharp plot and narrow focus. Speaker for the Dead was almost nothing like this, the plot was much wider, the characters more varied and the situations more complex. 5.5 stars because this book is going to stick with me forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 5/1/2011

    " Great book. I love the outlook on life it proposes. That we should not only consider strictly ones actions but also their intentions, reasons for those actions, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 4/28/2011

    " I loved Ender's Game but the rest of the series just seemed to diverge so much from the original story. Ender's life just seemed to get more weird as time went by. I was still fascinated by his character, though & the new world's that he went to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vinay | 4/24/2011

    " A very good book. It completes Ender's Game.

    Card is a very empathitic writer. You can see that he feels what his characters feel as he writes about them. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrators

David Birney is an American actor and director whose career performances include both contemporary and classical roles in theater, film and television. He has recorded numerous audiobook bestsellers, including works by Dean Koontz, Paul Theroux, Annie Dillard, Thomas Kenneally, and Orson Scott Card. His reading of Julie Salomon’s The Christmas Tree was honored with the prestigious Audie Award and has also been the recipient of several AudioFile Earphone Awards.

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.