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Xenocide (Ender Wiggin Saga) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Mar 2006


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (7 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593974787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593974787
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 5.1 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,656,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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Xenocide is Card's best-selling sequel to the Hugo Award-winning Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Haunting, compulsive, urgently readable...Storytelling genius (INTERZONE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander McNabb on 3 July 2013
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It reminded me of Frank Herbert's Dune series - stunning first book is head-spinningly brilliant, second book has maybe a little less verve and swagger but nevertheless delivers and then the third one starts to suffer from Lorenzian urges and just loses impetus under the increasingly suffocating swathes of irrelevance and invention for its own sake. It flies off to the left and right like a kid with Tourette's, barking here and howling there but never engaging or startling as Ender's Game did. By now I'm a little sick of Andrew Wiggins (and starting to think how sad it would be if the universe were indeed multiply saved by someone called Andrew Wiggins) and feeling he's something of a smug wee prig.

I liked the Chinese girl idea, but again the execution became wearysome. By the time we discover faster-than-light flight (by sitting in a cardboard box and rubbing the side of our noses) I've seen visions of Paul as a sandworm - a book I last read over 30 years ago - and remembered the frustration of a legendary saga that hit the ground running and then just started digging until it ran out of steam.

A shame, that...
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2001
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First two books in Ender series are wonderful reads with a gripping storyline and excellent writing. Well, the third book has the same excellent writing but lacks the storyline.
No wonder Mr.Card is a great writer; whatever he writes he writes it good. Unfortunately Xenocide serves the purpose of bringing up a number of muddled ideas rather than telling a story. As a matter of fact there are so many ideas (overcoming an intelligent virus, how to save Jane, the Godspoken, Novinha's frustration against Ender, Ender's "split" personality, piggies' rights, virus rights, Bugger's way of thinking, Inside and Outside, faster-than-light-travel and some more minor things) that all comes to frustrating complexity and since the author does not have enough "time" (number of pages) to devote to each idea, almost everything except a few becomes muddled.
At the end, since the author creates more problems than necessary for a book - that can be handled in a single book - in order to neatly tie all that mess up, he has to resort to deus ex machina by means of hard sci-fi. Well Mr. Card is a great writer of characters, but he's not that great in hard sc-fi; thus his attempt makes you feel kinda cheated.
Overall this is an inescapable book. If you've started Ender Saga you'll have to read this. Thanks to Card's writing, it is still a fun read but especially with its ending it is unsatisfactory.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Semioticghost on 23 Mar. 2005
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Third in Orson Scott Card's "Ender" cycle, "Xenocide" charts the events on the planet of Lusitania, home to all three sentient species in existence, two of which are not represented anywhere else in the universe. All living things on Lusitania are subject to a virus, the Descolada, which attacks and modifies the genetic information of the host and is evolving rapidly to the extend that combating it requires constant alteration of viricides in both non-native sentient species. Yet the native species, the Pequeninos, require the Descolada to survive, as it forms the means by which they transform into the different phases of their lifecycle. Any species looking to leave the planet would be required to take the Descolada with them, as it adapts and becomes a necessary part of any organism's genetic make-up. This is one of the main problems the planet is faced with, but the second is equally serious:
Lusitania is under threat of being annihilated by a fleet sent by Starways Congress, because the planet's scientists have broken the law of not interfering with alien species by helping the sentient Pequeninos to gain a foothold in agriculture. Rather than sending the scientists to trial and certain lifelong exile, the colony rebels and is thus to be turned into an example.
The narrative hinges on Ender Wiggin and those around him, with a wealth of emotional, scientific and philosophical conflict between unique characters against a background of questions more normally expected in moral philosophy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CasualReader on 25 Nov. 2013
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The book is the continuation of the Ender saga and continues in the style of "The speaker for the dead". The third book is just a little less of all the positives of the previous book for me. While still drawing you in, this instalment is just a little less intriguing and a bit too blunt and straight forward sometimes. Some revelations just pop up a bit too fast and arbitrarily perhaps.

It's more a feeling than a fact, but to me this book is just a notch down from the two previous books in pretty much every way. Still a good read though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By belgarionn on 3 July 2013
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I read Ender's Game a long time ago and recently decided to read it again. It was as good as I remembered. I then moved on to Speaker for the Dead and enjoyed that novel as well. I had high hopes for Xenocide even though some of the reviews were distinctly "meh".

I have found that those reviews were spot on (I'm looking at YOU "A Customer"). I felt some significant social and theological issues were being explored, but near the end some elements were introduced that made me think - "actually, I don't care any more. This was unnecessary." 4 stars for what OSC attempted. 2 stars for leaving me unconcerned whether or not there was a 4th book. If there is, I'll never read it.
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