"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)
I began running last year and grew tired of listening to music. Audibles gives me a chance to hear the books I have always wanted to read.
These are interesting side stories to the Ender series. I agree with others about the music, they can remove that from the audio book altogether as it adds no value. In some instances its tough to hear the narrator over the music.
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 don't add a lot of reviews . But when I do ..... you know its good enough for me to take time to say wow .
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.
These are great stories that make fine additions to the Enderverse. However at the beginning and end of each story there is this overpowering loud vaguely oriental music that drowns out the narrator. Another drawback, the chapter breaks don't match up with the book WTF they don't even match up with the beginning and end of each story
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