"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)
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!
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!!
Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.
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.
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!
Yes I would.
I think a couple more pages for each story.
Yes, I like multiple performers.
Continuity in details.
These two short books are a joke. They seem like the chapters of the original books that were edited out…Do not waste time or money…Go straight to Ender in Exile. I love this series, but this was not ok.
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.
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