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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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    D. Thomas 05-23-15
    D. Thomas 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Get a clue producers"

    Overall interesting thread in the ender verse, just had to complain about the stupid music they insist on putting in these books, coupled with the horribly mix job making it very hard to hear the dialogue! Enough already!

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    Amazon Customer 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Stop with all the music!!!!"

    Great book, this is a must listen if you've read Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead. My only complaint, dear god, they need to stop playing so much background music! I had to re listen to a couple parts because the music was so distracting!!!! Agh!!

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    Amazon Customer Woodbridge, VA United States 03-31-15
    Amazon Customer Woodbridge, VA United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2012

    Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.

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    "All the back stories"

    When you read a book, sometimes you want to know how things came to be. First Meetings is the how it came to be you may be looking for.

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    Jonathan 01-30-15
    Jonathan 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightfully Whimsical"

    There was no need for the short story 'Ender's Game' because by the time you read this you've practically memorised the Book version. Or, like myself, the entire series and the shadow series as well.
    Ah well like I said delightfully whimsical!

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    Jolly Penguin 01-14-15
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    "Crazy Intrusive music"

    Most of the performers were pretty good, but several times the words were drowned out by crazy music. I'd recommend buying the text version instead

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    Mrseche Jacksonville, FL 04-28-14
    Mrseche Jacksonville, FL 04-28-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Detail Continuity"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    Yes I would.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think a couple more pages for each story.


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

    Yes, I like multiple performers.


    Did First Meetings inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Continuity in details.

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    Edward Gometz Chicago, IL United States 05-08-12
    Edward Gometz Chicago, IL United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great addition to the Enderverse!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Meetings to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! The characters are well read and the quality of voice performances are outstanding.


    What other book might you compare First Meetings to and why?

    War of Gifts is similar but not as well written.


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

    Yes, they are common narrators for Ender books and they are excellent as usual.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where Ender's story really begins.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, and wonderful voice performances.

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    Kim 03-30-12
    Kim 03-30-12 Member Since 2013

    Long haul Expeditor that loves listening to books and make the miles fly by.

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    "No rhyme or reason. Waste of a credit."
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    Although I've like several of the other Ender books this one just sucked.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Left out the music it was out of place & at times do loud you couldn't hear the narrator. The book also didn't flow well at all. Although I did like the story of how Ender's parents met the rest was just rehashes of past stories. Overall it was a waste of a credit.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Preformers were all good but the music added to the stories SUCKED & were rather annoying.


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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 01-02-12
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enderverse Fans Will love this"

    This is a collection of short stories that explain some of the backstory from the Enderverse and is very well written. Some of the material is either very close or duplicate material from earlier Ender books but this doesn't detract from the overall piece.

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    Douglas W. Bazzy Katy, Tx United States 08-16-11
    Douglas W. Bazzy Katy, Tx United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A little more insight"

    Card does a good job at providing yet a little more insight into the characters we have come to love, cherish, admire, and sometimes despise.

    I have been very thankful the cast has remained unchanged throughout the production of the Ender series found on Audible. It has provided a great listening experience.

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