"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)
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.
Yes I would.
I think a couple more pages for each story.
Yes, I like multiple performers.
Continuity in details.
Absolutely! The characters are well read and the quality of voice performances are outstanding.
War of Gifts is similar but not as well written.
Yes, they are common narrators for Ender books and they are excellent as usual.
Where Ender's story really begins.
Excellent book, and wonderful voice performances.
Long haul Expeditor that loves listening to books and make the miles fly by.
Although I've like several of the other Ender books this one just sucked.
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.
Preformers were all good but the music added to the stories SUCKED & were rather annoying.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the way these stories provide background for some of the characters in Enderverse. Readers should be aware that the original version of Ender's Game provided in this book is a shortened one that picks up on the middle of the full version (that I assume was written later).
I love the enderverse and this book is a great addition. However, the horrible and excessively loud transition music ruined the experience! There are parts of the narrations I couldn't even understand. So if the publishers want me to change my review from one star to it's much deserved five. FIX IT!
The Polish Boy story of how John Paul grows up and what's in store for him as well as how Ender meets Jane are good additions if you're a fan of the series. I didn't even notice the music that other commenters noted, so it has either been removed or isn't that bad. The narration is a bit duller than typical for these narrators. These parts are what the rating is for.
The abriged version of Enders Game at the end is strikingly bad. None of the feel of Ender comes across in neither the writing nor narration. Ender suddenly is an arrogant brat, the narration doesn't spark the imagination, facts in the story have been twisted. I'd give this part a zero rating as a stand alone book.
"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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