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.