"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)
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
I enjoyed the short stories very much and the narrators did a great job. However, the schizophrenic music that played at integral parts was so loud and distracting, it made it impossible to focus on the spoken words.
Reference: ch. 2 @ 1:15:30, ch. 3 @ 2:28:30, ch. 4 @ 3:42:17, ch. 5 @ 5:13:24
All except the music. The characters were well portrayed by the actors, but the music was distracting and poorly done. Sometimes it was so loud that you couldn't hear the voices clearly.
Ender's Game because it gives back story
Get rid of the music and make the transition between the three sections a bit more clear. Perhaps in the introduction a statement that this is three different mini-books.
I've feasted on the full story set of Andrew, and Valentine's history filling lives with shadows of undisclosed dramas brought to light here. Knowing Ender's parents gives him a depth as a real being, a person comming out of human people.
This review of "Ender's Game" helped, with reminding me how legends grow, & change focus a culture grows forgetful of how it was back before later, Thank you SCOTT, thank you.!
I loved the stories. the talents were fabulous. the production needs work, as the music overwhelms the voices. but otherwise, Great!
Never liked reading, but pretty good at listening!
After listening to all the other major "Enderverse" titles, this was my final (until the next comes out). Knowing the rest of the story made this short couple of stories a real treat. With the entire storyline to draw on, Card was able to makes some fun foreshadowing scenes for us to round out some of the side characters. This gives the "Enderverse" a bit more depth and clarity. Just enough that is reminded me how I had missed these characters. A quick jaunt down memory lane without launching into another saga makes these feel appropriately short, but still leaves me wanting more. The original Ender short is included as well to experience what started all of this.
These audiobooks define for me why this medium is so good. The details and words of the actual printed boom, with the pronunciation and accuracy from proven professionals.
This book, even a short, is just so good at the highlights.
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