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Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition | [Orson Scott Card]

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.
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Why we think it's Essential - One of our most highly-rated books of all-time, Ender’s Game isn’t just a sci-fi novel for kids. From an early age, Ender must tackle the adult concepts of leadership, independence and self-reliance, abstract thinking, and accountability. It helps that he’s a genetically engineered super-genius, but still, that’s a lot to ask a kid to handle. The multi-cast narration adds layers of texture to the diverse characters throughout. —Chris

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Now a Major Motion Picture. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs? The only way to find out is to throw him into ever-harsher training at Battle School, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. His two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Among the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

This Special 20th Anniversary Edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is now digitally remastered with a full cast production. It also contains an exclusive bonus: an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!

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©1977, 1985, 1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an imprint of Audio Literature

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 1985

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1986

"Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." (The New York Times)

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    Kapila Sydney, NSW, Australia 01-29-03
    Kapila Sydney, NSW, Australia 01-29-03
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    "6 titles in the series so far"

    Ender's Game is one of the best sci-fi books written.
    However, I'm mainly writing this review to make others
    aware that there are actually 6 books (so far) in the
    series:

    Ender's Game
    Speaker for the Dead
    Xenocide
    Children of the Mind

    Ender's Shadow
    Shadow of the Hegemon

    The last two books don't actually feature Ender at all -
    they're about the character of Bean and the story of
    what happened on Earth after Ender's Game.

    All 6 books are fantastic. I've bought them all on
    audiobook, but for some reason I can only seem to
    find 4 of these titles using Audible's search engine
    (and "Shadow of the Hegemon" seems to have been
    renamed for some reason?).

    704 of 736 people found this review helpful
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    Wheelman 01-31-03
    Wheelman 01-31-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Captivating"

    Based on an Audible.com recommendation I looked into obtaining Enders Game. Admittedly I was reluctant to listen to this. Primarily - I enjoy political thrillers, history and biography titles. I did not see a science fiction novel fitting in there. On reading other reviews I decided to give this a try. Was I in for a surprise. This is one of the most entertaining audiobooks I have ever listened to. Hang on, because you are in for a warp speed ride through Andrew Wiggins world. Incredibly entertaining, intellectually challenging, and very mature. Sharp dialogue, great pace, non-stop action. As with most truly great reads (listens??) you do not want it to end. Well, Enders game is part of a trilogy: Enders Shadow and Shadow of the Hedgemon. I just finished Enders Shadow, another excellent audiobook. I have purchased 'Hedgemon' but I need to catch my breath before I start it. Listen to Enders Game you will not regret it.

    294 of 309 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Gibraltar, MI, United States 04-24-08
    Pat Gibraltar, MI, United States 04-24-08

    The more audio books I listen too, the more I wonder why I didn't start sooner. They make the ride to and from work much more tolerable.

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    "Nice Surprise"

    I have to admit, this audio book totally took me by surprise. Except for the Harry Potter books, performed by the incredible Jim Dale, Enders Game is the first audio book that I've listened to that I hadn't first read. All I can say is, WOW. The performance given during this 'reading' comes close to rivaling that of the previously mentioned Mr. Dale, in my humble opinion. It's obviously a very different kind of performance, for a very different kind of book, and that's a good thing.

    As for the story, it's excellent. Recommended by my brother, I read the summery with a great deal of apprehension. A little boy, attending a 'battle school' to become the military commander that would lead Earths space fleets to victory over an alien invasion force? As I write this, it still sounds silly, and perhaps it is. But Card makes it work, and work very well. And extremely entertaining to boot. The plot and character development move along at a good click. So good in fact that I was completely engrossed within the story when plot twists materialized and was genuinely surprised. THAT'S the mark of a well written/performed book.

    Overall, between Card's story telling and an excellent narration, this audio book should be towards the top of everybody's list. And not only science fiction fans, but anybody searching for a great performance of a great book.

    68 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Cathleen upper darby, PA, United States 02-22-03
    Cathleen upper darby, PA, United States 02-22-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Just the beginning..."

    This book was a strange choice for me,(I didn't know Card, and rarely read Sci Fi) but I was browsing, and chanced upon it. For some unknown reason, it intrigued me, so I tried it.
    It was, then, to my utter astonishment, that Ender, and his story, somehow catapaulted within me to earn a place on my list of all time favorites!(Lit major,former teacher,I've read a bunch).
    The story itself is a good one, but I think that, it is its unraveling, that speaks to one's soul.

    But to experience all the depth and wonder of the series, you must start here. Card himself admits, that he basically wrote this book to set the stage for the next one, which is "Speaker for the Dead"(my favorite...so far)
    I encourage you, even if you don't usually read this type of book to try it.

    Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, waiting for audible to offer "Xenocide",(the sequel to Speaker), and hopelessly addicted to Ender's story, I wandered on to listen to the others in the series. I actually READ "Ender's Shadow", because I didn't want an abridgement (I craved every single word!). I thought that these other books would have little impact on me, since Ender's character is only a peripheral element.

    Was I wrong!
    In the "Shadow" series, like the peeling of an onion, Card reveals layer after layer of the characters he creates in this book, and I found myself caring as much about them as I did about Ender.

    I understand that Card is in the process of writing a book about Ender's mother.(As is probably obvious, I became obsessed with Ender, and had to find out everything I possibly could.) Before I read the "Shadow" series, I thought, "Who would want to read a book about Ender's mother?" Now I know the answer: ME.
    If you start with "Ender's Game",and then go on to the others in the series, I think the answer might also be YOU!

    58 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Aric Livonia, MI, USA 01-01-03
    Aric Livonia, MI, USA 01-01-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Harry Potter has nothing on Ender Wiggin"

    Don't get me wrong. Although this is a story about a child, it's not written for children. A child might enjoy it, but it is a story about war, violence and politics. It is a classic tale of the weak overcoming extreme adversity.

    Ender faces many trials during his training to become the savior of the world in a futuristic setting. He is a character I could identify with and found myself cheering him on at each challenge.

    An excellent book. I can't wait to listen to the related stories to find out what happens next to Ender and what happened to his friends and family.

    72 of 86 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 06-26-11
    Amazon Customer Utah 06-26-11 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "Can't Wait for the Movie"

    This book has sat on my shelf since the days when I taught reading to 6th and 7th graders. I never got around to reading it then, but recently decided I was ready to take it on, especially since I could listen to it. I'm not the world's biggest sci-fi fan, but occasionally I really like to read it. This is a book easily understood and followed, unlike a lot of sci-fi, which may be why I don't often read it. Having to learn a whole new existence is hard work. I enjoyed this story a lot. I saw a lot of symbolism in it which always makes a book interesting to me. I could empathize with Ender right from the very start, and he became, if not dear to me, at least someone I could care about. It is great to read a book by a fellow Utahn, especially someone like Orson Scott Card who has made it big time with his writing. I'm not sure if I will read/listen to another book in this series, but I am not discounting it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Valentine, Australia 08-24-08
    Philip Valentine, Australia 08-24-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Lord of the Rings for the 21st Century, Part 1?"

    This book is the first part of an astounding series of four books; Ender's game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Although interesting, deep and often fun in itself, Ender's Game serves a greater role of introducing the child Andrew Wiggan, his sister and brother Valentine and Peter, and the concept of another rational (the books use "sentient") Alien Species, known unaffectionately as "The Buggers". Ender is a sensitive but brilliant young boy whose combination of intelligence and desperateness for survival, and extraordinary empathy make him invincible in any setting, physical attack, mind games whatever. And hence set him up to be the potential saviour of the the human race in their war to the death against the Buggers. But this book is really a lot like "The Hobbit" is to "Lord of the Rings", and establishes characters who are in the later books a vehicle for astounding ideas and insights ranging across science fiction, physics, religion, psychology, romance, courage and self sacrifice. With a few small tussles between good and evil thrown in. I feel certain that in 100 yrs after their writing these books will be considered a pinnacle of a style of literary creation. Get listening ...

    32 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Auban Bay Area, CA 05-01-05
    Auban Bay Area, CA 05-01-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Love the story, but the reader isn't great"

    This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is one of my "comfort" books - I can pick it up and just read from any point when I want a break from things. So I was really excited to be able to have it on my iPod. The reader of this edition has very odd speech patterns - some sentences become hurried, others drag out. It doesn't seem to make sense in context of what is being said, either. I'm still happy to have it, but I wish they had picked a different reader, or had a better director. Also, the fact that it is an older man with such a deep voice seems incongruent (to me) given how much of the story is 6-12 year-old children talking.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 07-18-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The Enemies Gate is Down"

    This is a classic by Orson Scott Card and is the first book in the Enders series. This was originally written as a standalone book but the author has gone back to expanded the universe. So if you enjoyed this one and would like to see what happens next there are several more books to follow this one. In Ender's Game humanity finds itself at war with space aliens that are basically giant bugs. I found myself forgetting at times how young the "soldiers" were. When Ender starts at the War School he is only 6 years old, but Ender and the other soldiers there are unlike any child you know. They are all genus children being trained to command an Army against hostile bugs. If you haven't read this one yet I would definitely pick this one up. Plus Hollywood is making a movie based on this book and is due out in November of 2013.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-06-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "A Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Stefan Rudnicki - Nuff said! Of course the story was great also.


    What did you like best about this story?

    OSC did a masterful job and you really come to care about Ender. The relationship building (and strains) were spectacular.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending was perfect. I didn't see it coming and it did not disappoint.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed at the technology foreshadowing and how spot-on he was. Original written in 1977 as a short and then expended into a novel in 1985, it is cool reading about the "net" and the "desks" which of course sound a lot like the Internet and iPads. The Internet didn't really become anywhere mainstream until around 1994.

    In general the story was great. I can't believe I never read it back in the 80's - I would have been in High School. But now I did and it was great. I highly recommend this audio version. Stefan Rudnicki did a great job as always! Harlan Ellison did as well and towards the end they even did some parts together with her as Valentine and him as Ender.

    Now I can't wait for the movie!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Venice
    Accrington, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    6/17/05
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    "You've go to read this!"

    You are unfamiliar with the master that is Orson Scott Card, then you must get this! It may be a science fiction type setting but the story is much more about character development. It's exciting, wonderfully paced and once you start listening you just can't stop - you care so much about Ender.

    The narration is just about flawless, and the use of different narrators adds to the interest and depth.

    After this one - get 'Speaker for the dead' - it's even better than 'Ender's Game', and is probably my favourite book of all time. I cannot praise these two books enough.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Witney, OXON, United Kingdom
    2/14/06
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    "Great presentation"

    I came to this book having already listened to Enders Shadow, a book written considerably later but occupying some of the same characters and taking place over the same period.

    The book is great, worth the acclaim it rightly garnered. The presentation of the book is also fantastic, well read so you can get a feel for the characters, going quickly enough to not dawdle and remain interesting, whilst slow enough that you never miss the important parts.

    I would highly reccommend it to anyone who enjoys well written, well produced and original Science Fiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Huw
    BLACKWOOD, United Kingdom
    7/20/13
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    The voice work and characterisation was superb.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    For me the most memorable moments were between Ender and Alai.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    Both actors were excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't stop.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/13/09
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    "A fantastic find!"

    This is the first Orson Scott Card book I have read, and I have now booked two more of the 'Ender' series in my Wish List. It was one of the most touching and memorable books I have read, and this from an author, who in my ignorance, I had always characterised as a pulp sci-fi writer. From start to finish the book captivated me with its depiction of a reluctant boy-soldier who is pushed to the limit in the military's pursuit of a worthy commander to save the human race from an imminent alien invasion. This book is introduced as an 'Audible Kids' production but do not be fooled - it is a clever, mature book for children and adults alike.

    It is a science fiction book at its core, but the characters are brought to life by beautiful writing and excellent narration. You will remember Ender Wiggins and his story for a long time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Sedgefield, South Africa
    2/24/12
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    "Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition |"

    Fantastic, absorbing story. As fascinating today as when it was written 20 years ago. We listened to it on a long car journey 2 adults and a 12 year old and we all loved it. We immediately downloaded the next book in the series. The book challenges one to think about space, armies, children, relationships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Surbiton, Surrey, United Kingdom
    11/28/10
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    "Just fantastic"

    I'm looking for the button to click six stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    3/3/14
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    "My new favorite book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    The inner anguish when he realizes what he has been made to do.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Humans are free, except when humanity needs them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    3/2/14
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    "Great performance, but deeply misogynistic book!"
    Would you try another book written by Orson Scott Card or narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ?

    I would try another book narrated by Stefan Rudniki and Harlan Ellison, but never Orson Scott Card. I wish I had researched this properly before buying - I was looking for something similar to 'Ready Player One' (which is amazing, by the way).


    What will your next listen be?

    'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and sadness - the deeply misogynistic nature of the writing is very disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
    2/17/14
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    "So much better than the multi-cast version!"
    What did you like most about Ender's Game?

    This is such a triumphant little book, drives you on and challenges you to think.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender!! I listened to this book a few months ago and am only disappointed that listening again is never the same. If only I could go back in time and do it all over again!


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I did originally download the multi-cast version. Argh! Shockingly sugary American. Blurgh! This version allowed me to really feel for Ender, no distractions here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W12 Jock
    London, UK
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    "Enjoyed the book but experience was tainted"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender. Protagonist and chillingly cold yet likeable.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    Clear narration and good characterisation - made it a bit more audio-drama -ish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, there was enough of a time line to make breaking it up sensible and keep concentration up.


    Any additional comments?

    was disappointed to learn afterwards that the author is an irredeemable homophobe with a really warped view on personal freedoms. It tainted my enjoyment of the story from seeing the militaristic future for mankind as dystopian to shockingly realise it was the author's utopian ideal. He would have thrived in 1930's Berlin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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