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The Ender Wiggin Saga: Ender's Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide Audio, Cassette – October, 1993
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This abridged trilogy of titles enjoys special significance in audio form: where the original novels may have proved stilted and stifling in detail at times, the streamlined versions of Ender's Game, Speaker For The Dead and Xenocide take on new life in audio version, tracing the efforts of humanity to thwart a second deadly invasion by aliens, and of winner Ender to discover the true meaning of the genocide they have enacted on an entire race. -- Midwest Book Review
This trilogy of science fiction follows the life and adventures of Ender Wiggin from the "games" he played as a child, which destroyed the Buggers, to his prevention of the "Xenocide" of several races. Each story is seamlessly abridged. Mark Rolston narrates, subtly shifting intonation and accent to reflect adults, computers and non-human races. Interesting tricks of voice and telepathic thoughts add to the appeal of these stories. With unending action and complicated plots, the trilogy concludes just when it gets really interesting. M.B.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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The first book in the series, Ender's Game, documents the life of Ender from the age of six to the age of twelve. Standing alone, I would rate this book a ten out of ten. It is a fantastical thought provoking tale that explores the border between the power of the mind and the weakness of the heart.
The second book, set in Ender's fourties, is a complete departure from Ender's Game. Instead of being an unseasoned young boy wrestling with his emotion, he is a middle-aged man who has been tempered by a lifetime of experience. Ender helps ease the turmoil of a family on a distant planet. It is a good story, though the issues it deals with are certainly less thought-provoking. Speaker for the Dead deals with basic psychology, not the human soul.
The third book, Xenocide, simply lacks momentum enough to be the fast-paced novel that Ender's Game proved to be. At this point in the story, Ender is very old. That in itself was the most hindering factor for me as I read this book, because I felt as though when I first met him he was younger than me and now as the series ends, he has lived a lifespan six-fold that of my own. When reading Xenocide I feel as though I am sitting in a hospital waiting room wondering when Ender is going to kick the bucket.
My advice? Read the first book, Ender's Game. If you simply must know what happened to Ender, read the rest of the trilogy. However, if you're in it for the power of the printed word, stop there; the other two just coast gradually to a stop.