Xenocide By: Orson Scott Card 

Xenocide51nF7Dakg6L._SL500_By: Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki
Series: Ender’s Game, Book 3, The Enderverse, Book 12
Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
Release date: 06-03-04
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

So you may have seen the “Ender’s Game” movie, but the story didn’t end there (actually it didn’t start there either). Ender has left solar system for committing xenocide on the buggers. Now on Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and Pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. But things are never that easy. Now Starways Congress has found something that could threaten humanity.

Lusitania also plays host to the Descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the Pequeninos require in order to become adults. The Starways Congress ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there because of the threat. The Fleet is on its way, a Second Xenocide seems inevitable.

There is a lot going on in this addition to the Ender Universe. The end will feel as though it just ends in the middle of everything. It is but the series and this book continues in “Children of the Mind.” But the really nice thing is that you want the story to never end. Orson Scott Card has definitely developed a universe where the reader would feel comfortable.

In this audiobook version there are different narrators. Each Narrator comes in when the perspective changes to another character. I have recently begun to enjoy the work of Stefan Rudnicki. He can sound so smooth. I did like that my other favorite audiobook voice, Scott Brick, also narrated. This audiobook just completely entranced me.

Publisher’s Summary

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effect of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way and a second Xenocide seems inevitable, until the Fleet vanishes.

©1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2000 Audio Renaissance

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