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First Meetings Audiobook

First Meetings: In the Enderverse

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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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    jonj 04-16-16
    jonj 04-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    the stories were short and left a lot of unanswered question. the original story was a lot better. then the music almost drowned out the voice.

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    Harlee Pratt 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    Great story! But the beginnings and endings are drowned out by music that is louder than the story teller.

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    francois 03-27-16
    francois 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    They music they play over some parts of the story is so loud you can't hear anything without straining

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    Kimberly 03-05-16
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    "Distracting Music"

    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

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    Pat Webb 02-17-16
    Pat Webb 02-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great stories, read well, music needs to go."
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Meetings to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    Ender's Game because it gives back story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


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    Larry 11-23-15
    Larry 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As engaging as any of the Ender stories. Yes!"

    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.!

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    Amazon Customer 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fab production needs remix"

    I loved the stories. the talents were fabulous. the production needs work, as the music overwhelms the voices. but otherwise, Great!

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    Jake Mueller 08-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Never liked reading, but pretty good at listening!

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    "First meetings, last goodbye"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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    Michael D. Defoe East Wenatchee, WA 06-30-15
    Michael D. Defoe East Wenatchee, WA 06-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I adore this series"

    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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    D. Thomas 05-23-15
    D. Thomas 05-23-15
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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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