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First Meetings: In the Enderverse | [Orson Scott Card]

First Meetings: In the Enderverse

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.
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Publisher's Summary

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

"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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Annette FORESTON, MN, United States 01-25-14
    Annette FORESTON, MN, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Skip."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-03-13
    Steven ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-03-13
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    "Great Story"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is great the readers are great, the only bad thing is the muisc is louder than the readers when it comes on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James AKRON, OH, United States 09-17-12
    James AKRON, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth both ears and your time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Meetings to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I do know that on a business trip driving to Chicago, it kept me enthralled and from being bored.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was actually three stories and it was interesting to see the written histories intertwine.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Ender.


    If you could rename First Meetings, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-23-12
    Joel Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Short Stories! Another Wierd Production....."

    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.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Champaign, IL, United States 08-20-12
    David Champaign, IL, United States 08-20-12

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    "Crazy Carnival Music so-so stories"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    Yes. He's usually a better writer than this.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    John Paul as a 5-6year old.


    Was First Meetings worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The crazy carnival music REALLY needs to go - it would often drown out dialogue in between stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Smith albia, IA, United States 06-25-12
    Jeff Smith albia, IA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "orson scott card rocks"

    I must say Mr card keep it up. I'm a big fan of the enderverse. .start with enders game and read them all

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-22-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "Interesting addition to the Enderverse"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on if they like the series or not, not as a way to get them involved with it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Meetings?

    When Ender's parents first met.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    On par with other performances.


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    Brian Somerset, OH, United States 05-21-12
    Brian Somerset, OH, United States 05-21-12
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    "A nice addition"

    Classic Card at his best. My only complaint is that it should have been longer!

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    Matt Nichols 09-04-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Great set of stories"

    This is a great addition to the Ender series! Very entertaining.

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    David Paulk Auburn, AL USA 07-08-14
    David Paulk Auburn, AL USA 07-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Stories, Horrible Distracting Music"

    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.

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  • Adrian
    10/1/05
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
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    "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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