"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.
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"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)
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.
Was great to hear more about Enders Parents but left me wanting more really, and the intro to Jane was cool too but noticed Speaker for the dead contradicted a few things from the short story other than that great, The first published Enders Game where alright was sure glad he did the novel, Over all not sorry I added this to my collection at all!
Oh and the narration was great also.
Orson Scott Card is firmly one of the 10 greatest Sci-FI authors that has ever lived and everyone of the Ender series books are just masterpieces worth being read and in this case listened too repeatedly.
If you are looking for a great audio books to listen too this should be in your top 15 for Sci-Fi. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Ender's universe you have my sympathies for your loss and jealously as you get to experience it unfold for the first time. ENJOY!!!!
I guess I didn't read the description carefully on this selection. This is just snipets of text from his other works in which characters "first meet." Sound dull and unimaginative? Well, that's exactly what it is!
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