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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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    Wesley ALBION, NY, United States 04-24-14
    Wesley ALBION, NY, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Interesting addition's to the Ender Series..."
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette FORESTON, MN, United States 01-25-14
    Annette FORESTON, MN, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    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 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"
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    The story is great the readers are great, the only bad thing is the muisc is louder than the readers when it comes on.

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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 08-23-12
    Joel 08-23-12
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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.....

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    David 08-20-12
    David 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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    Amazon Customer albia, IA, United States 06-25-12
    Amazon Customer albia, IA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2014

    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 .

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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

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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-22-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2014

    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 Member Since 2013
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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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