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Audiobook Review for Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

 

For the longest time, I felt guilty as I listened to this book for feeling like I enjoyed this book more than Ender’s Game.  Then Card said himself this was the book.  I felt much better.  Where Ender’s Game was a wonderful story that explored a fascinating premise, Speaker for the Dead had a depth and context that I feel exceeds it’s predecessor.

In terms of audiobooks, I did notice that instead of having a single narrator or a male/female narrator for certain POV chapters, this was closer to a radio reenactment.  The constant shifting from man to woman narrator jarred me a little.

I think the most compelling aspect of this book regarded the idea that everyone has at least one redeeming aspect about them.  It’s heartbreaking every bit as often as heartwarming.  I couldn’t wait to download Children of the Mind once it was finished.

Speaker isn’t an action book.  There are no battle sequences or fast-paced fights.  It’s a well-done drama.  I don’t think I’d feel as strongly about this book if I hadn’t read Ender’s Game, so I recommend anyone looking to try out the series do that.  I won’t go so far as to say the book loses it’s interest if you don’t read Ender’s Game.  I only assert that I have a stronger investment in the plot and characters having read it.

Speaker offers readers and incredibly touching sequel that pulls the heartstrings.  In my opinion, it’s the best of Card’s work.

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