We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$23.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1061 )
5 star
 (510)
4 star
 (376)
3 star
 (136)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
4.3 (533 )
5 star
 (278)
4 star
 (161)
3 star
 (73)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.5 (524 )
5 star
 (341)
4 star
 (132)
3 star
 (40)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    rmss 01-14-15
    rmss 01-14-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Paulk 07-08-14
    David Paulk 07-08-14 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Stories, Horrible Distracting Music"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mrseche Jacksonville, FL 04-28-14
    Mrseche Jacksonville, FL 04-28-14

    Mrseche

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward Gometz Chicago, IL United States 05-08-12
    Edward Gometz Chicago, IL United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    152
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 01-02-12
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    53
    52
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Douglas W. Bazzy Katy, Tx United States 08-16-11
    Douglas W. Bazzy Katy, Tx United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 08-10-10
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Short but Enjoyable"

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dane Marion, OH, USA 04-14-10
    Dane Marion, OH, USA 04-14-10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    1
    Overall
    "Love it, but BAD transitian music ruined it!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Vãin Estonia 07-04-09
    L. Vãin Estonia 07-04-09

    Vain

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    246
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "New stories are the good part of this book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 21-30 of 32 results PREVIOUS1234NEXT
Sort by:
  • Adrian
    10/1/05
    Overall
    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Bromley, United Kingdom
    2/21/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.