"The Polish Boy", a novella written especially for this collection, begins in the years between the first two Bugger Wars when the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. In John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender, they believe they may have found their man. Or boy.
In "Teacher's Pest", also written especially for this collection, a brilliant but insufferably arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now an American university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student named Theresa Brown.
It is many years since the end of the Bugger Wars in "The Investment Counselor". Ender's reputation as a hero and savior has suffered a horrible reversal. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, 20-year-old Ender Wiggin wanders incognito form planet to planet as a fugitive, until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide.
Also here is the original landmark "Ender's Game", which first appeared in 1977.
First Meetings is Orson Scott Card at the height of his considerable powers, featuring his most compelling character.
©2003 Orson Scott Card; (P) 2003, 2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Character, setting, plot: Card does them all right, and makes it look effortless....For newcomers to Ender's universe and long-time fans, this book will hit the spot and whet the appetite for more." (School Library Journal)
"Even those who are intimately familiar with the concepts of the Game from later Ender books will be struck anew by Card's virtuosity. His powerful voice and startlingly clear vision will draw many new readers into a lifelong love of science fiction. This accessible collection will impress even non-sci-fi buffs, besides being a must-have for Ender saga devotees." (Publishers Weekly) "These stories demonstrate the assured scene setting, apparently effortlessly sustained suspense, and moral preoccupation with the responsibilities of kinship and friendship that distinguishes Ender's entire saga." (Booklist)
These two short books are a joke. They seem like the chapters of the original books that were edited out…Do not waste time or money…Go straight to Ender in Exile. I love this series, but this was not ok.
The story is great the readers are great, the only bad thing is the muisc is louder than the readers when it comes on.
I don't know. I do know that on a business trip driving to Chicago, it kept me enthralled and from being bored.
This was actually three stories and it was interesting to see the written histories intertwine.
Nice to hear these 3 short stories and Ender's Game of course. The stories left you wanting more. Very enjoyable. Good Narration overall, but of course the music. Usually it just doesn't fit the stories. This time, it buried the story. Especially between the 3rd story and Ender's game. The Music completely DROWNED out the audio for about a minute. How does this type of thing keep getting by those in the studio? I did college radio in the 80's, and first things first....don't bury voices in music.... Seems like someone fell asleep in class. :P Probably the music's author is the editor.....
No. Overal the stories were interesting but not that important additions to the Ender-verse. However, there were a few tidbits or jems that could be taken away that could help answer a few questions for some curious fans.
Yes. He's usually a better writer than this.
John Paul as a 5-6year old.
I really enoyed the story about John Paul as a boy - not as a college kid. I also enjoyed parts of the story of Ender and the corrupt accountant. An essential "Jane" story that I think is important to understand the genesis of that life form.
The crazy carnival music REALLY needs to go - it would often drown out dialogue in between stories.
I must say Mr card keep it up. I'm a big fan of the enderverse. .start with enders game and read them all
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
Depends on if they like the series or not, not as a way to get them involved with it.
When Ender's parents first met.
On par with other performances.
If you're an Enderverse fan, this is a great collection of short background stories that fill in some gaps that had been left open in earlier books. Each story covers a couple big gaps in the series without getting bogged down by the development of too many characters.
My only complaint with the whole series is the use of music in the recordings. Orson Scott Card, if you are reading this review, PLEASE for the love of humanity don't let your producers put music in the recordings!!! It's terribly distracting and it almost completely drowns out the words. I could hardly hear the last conversation between Anderson and Graph due to the piercing music. At least I think that's who the conversation was between. Since I couldn't hear them, I just had to assume they were planning out how to live their golden years after the Bugger War.
Bottom Line: the music can ruin and otherwise great addition to the Enderverse.
"A Treat For Fans Of The Enderverse"
This is Scott Card?s short story telling at its best, typical Scott Card, which is good news for his fans. You are treated to a Scott Card dissertation, on sociology, which he draws to a questionable conclusion but it gets you thinking. A good listen but if you have never encountered Ender before it is, perhaps, not the best place to start.
The three new stories are evocative and entertaining. They took me back to my first encounter with Scott Card in ?Maps in a Mirror? and reminded me why I have avidly read everything he has written since. It is masterly stuff, great science-fiction, and does so leave you wanting more.
Scott Card seems to translate well to spoken word. Please sir, I want more!
"Good Stories, but awful Music!"
I really enjoyed this audiobook - in context of the whole series within the Enderverse.
...But the Music nearly drove me insane (played in-between, and over lapping the end and beginning of each story). It was so loud, that it was a struggle to hear the actual actors. Please please please do away with the music! Its not needed!
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