Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead

By Orson Scott Card

  • Release Date: 2009-11-30
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 1,838 Ratings


In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth. Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in Orson Scott Card's 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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  • New version no longer available after I paid for this quintet

    By Doxiesareawesome
    Will no longer be purchasing iBooks. Purchased this quintet only to find out that because a new version is available and the old one was removed that I will have to repurchase. Sticking good old fashioned books from now on.

    By Prophet Amos
    Ender’s Game was great, this was terrible. I am not going to read anymore of this Quintet. It was slow and boring. At the end - I was left with is that it!? Card should have put the foreign language in English, it made it confusing for no appaent reason, and not able to fully comprehend the dialogue. Possibly the worst book, I have ever read. I cannot understand the positive reviews for this book.
  • Love the series!

    By Tkewolf
    Love it!
  • A great second book

    By Fbiz6
    Speaker for the dead, as everyone who has read Ender's Game cover to cover knows, is centered around something, that occurred at the very end of the first book, the writing of the Hive Queen and the Hegemon. Ender takes the star role once again, this time not as the xenocide, but as The Speaker for the Dead. All in all there is significantly less action in comparison to the first book, but those who didn't read it for the action will be pleased to find there is no lack of philosophic matters. (For those looking for more action in the Enderverse, Might I recommend the Ender's Shadow series), All and all its a very dedicated sequel, and I will be reading the next as soon as I can get my hands on it.
  • Great!

    By Cameoli
    Great book, not as much action as there was in Enders game but still a great continuation!
  • Top 5 Books Ever

    By IReadCrap
    As the title says this is easily in my top 5 list of all time books. Orson Scott Card's original plan for this series didn't include Ender's Game. He only wrote that books because he realized that the series would be confusing without it. This book is wonderfully written and is the right mix of action and story. In ut OSC creates an amazing storyline where all the characters connect and flow well together. My favorite book(s) by OSC. The rest of the series Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind. The evolution of Ender's character is amazing and written beautifully. Wonderful work Orson Scott Card.
  • Amazing

    By Redfox52
    Speaker for the Dead is a fantastic book. Everything about it is good: the characters, the setting, the plot…all fantastic. While there isn't a lot of action, there isn't a need for it. It's a story that succeeds in topping the original (even though this book is the original on a technical level). The only minor complaint which I have is that we go from one character to their children to their children in the first half of the book, which can be a little hard to follow at first. Still, this is an amazing story that can stand the test of time. 10/10
  • Amazing sequel

    By Juan Ospina
    This is an amazing sequel to Enders Game. Much more than I thought it would be. At first, the speaker and its role sounds highly unlikely due to human nature. However, it gets real and you start to see why it would be such a powerful player on that future. It was great to see how the writer creates and structures a whole new species with its own nature and religion. Amazing read.
  • Slow and boring

    By Flood G.A.
    I read the first Enders Game and loved so I decided to read this one. BIG MISTAKE. This book was boring and slow. It had almost no action what so ever unlike the first book. This book was just horrible and sounded like the author was trying to think of a random plot line that had nothing to do with the first book other that aliens. I definitely would not recommend this book in any way.
  • If you enjoyed Ender's Game...

    By ZXtrme
    The concept of having a Speaker for the Dead is intriguing. The pursuit of truth. At face value it can be painful. It also clears the air, lifts weight, and brings another perspective. The book has inspired me to clear the air with my painful and broken relationship I have with my sister with an approach I had not considered. I am also buying the next book in the series