Written By: Orson Scott Card

Narrated By: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki

Date: April 2004

Duration: 14 hours 11 minutes


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 Saga, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Karen B

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joseph K.

    For those coming from Ender’s game, this is a very different type of book. It is good and thought provoking but is slow moving at times. I am curious enough to keep going in the series.

  • Aric S.

    most annoying audio book yet. the multiple readers is beyond stupid. which makes it very difficult to learn the new characters

  • Kelly Laursen

    the narrative cast of all the Enderverse series are so talented. I started searching for books by narrator because of voices like stefan rudnicki and stephen hoye. this novel is better than Ender's Game.

  • Anonymous

    Initial reaction was disappointment, confusion, and curiosity. This isn’t Enders Game. Why is everyone speaking Portuguese? What the hell is going so much is happening and I don’t really get. But damn dude I found myself unable to put this down i finished it in 3 days staying up till 1:30 am wanting to see what happened next. It’s not Enders Game but it’s really good , and now I know how to speak Portuguese! I’m kidding, but they do translate from Portuguese here and there and it actually flows pretty well. Anyway good book I’d recommend to a friend.

  • Randy L.

    Liked ever more than Enders Game

  • Amanda B.

    Ender series and the shadow series are my favorite book series. nothing has topped them yet.

  • 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.

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