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Ender's Game Audiobook

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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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

Publisher's Summary

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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    Emil J. Lesner Fletcher, OH 04-18-05
    Emil J. Lesner Fletcher, OH 04-18-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Ranks up there with Asimov"

    I had debated to purchase this book at the bookstore, as I did not believe a writer as good as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, or Authur C. Clarke could ever be matched. I am so happy I was wrong.

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    Andrew 04-08-05
    Andrew 04-08-05
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    "I am hooked"

    I had not heard much about this book other than what was in the other reviews here - but I found myself unable to focus on much else in my life until I had listened to this twice. It is a very well written book, surprising as such based on how it came to be (you will be told at the end), and will easily keep you interested. I have gone on with the series and continue to enjoy the writting and would recomend this to anyone needing to get away from reality for a while.

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    J. Dutton Branson, MO 65616 03-23-05
    J. Dutton Branson, MO 65616 03-23-05 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Book"

    I read this book in Elementry School or Jr High and loved it. I listened to it just a few months ago. Both times I loved it! One of the best books ever writen.

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    Jake Tigard, OR, USA 03-21-05
    Jake Tigard, OR, USA 03-21-05
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    "Amazing narration of a great book"

    I had numerous friends tell me to read Ender's Game, but never really got around to it. After signing up for Audible I thought I would go ahead and give it a try... wow.

    The book itself is truly great - I am not a Sci-fi fan at all, but this story is fantastic. However, that is not what impressed me the most. Don't get me wrong, I am currently planning to acquire at least a few more of Orson Scott Card's books, but it was the narration in this audio book that really blew me away.

    I have only listened to a few audio books before this, but none have them have come anywhere near as engrossing as this one (in terms of narration) It is truly spot on in Ender's Game and all the narrators were damn near perfect. An excellent listen!

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    RB 03-15-05
    RB 03-15-05
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    "Captivating Science Fiction"

    I was extremely skeptical of this book going into it. A sci-fi book about a child ... but the author constructs a fictional universe that is just plausible enough to draw you in. Then, he paints vivid pictures while providing a compelling and engrossing plot. The story is key here, and it differs from the books that follow in as they tend to focus more on ideas. But nonetheless, you cannot help but get drawn into the author's world and then thirst for more chapters of this interesting and thought-provoking tale.

    The publisher uses multiple narrators. At first, I found this disconcerting, but ultimately, the different voices add to the story.

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    Aldo New York, NY, USA 03-13-05
    Aldo New York, NY, USA 03-13-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Much of a Good Thing"

    The author's postscript to Ender's Game points out that the novel was originally a much shorter novella which he decided to expand. Big mistake. The book has basically one clever point -- perfect for a novella length treatment, but the treatment Card gives this admittedly clever idea in the book is long, and plodding. Card's postscipt notes that he just decided to have fun and add whatever he wanted to the novella to beef it up. It reads that way -- unplanned and painfully dull. I recommend digging up the novella, wherever that might be, and reading that instead.

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    Raul Doral, FL, USA 03-11-05
    Raul Doral, FL, USA 03-11-05 Member Since 2005
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    "GREAT"

    Fabuloso. I must read. I like it. Me gusto mucho.

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    Robert Buckley, N/A, United Kingdom 02-22-05
    Robert Buckley, N/A, United Kingdom 02-22-05
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute of this. The type of books i like take you away from 'normal' life (why do i want to read about normal life when i can live it?). This is total escapism. multiple readers kept the pace enjoyable. Would definaltly recommend to any sci-fi buffs out there.

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    Harold D. Doublename Bellingham, WA` 02-20-05
    Harold D. Doublename Bellingham, WA` 02-20-05 Member Since 2009
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    "BRILLIANT."

    I've always loved reading Ender's Game (and the rest of the books in the series), and was a bit hesitant to allow a narrator to "spoil" my vision of the characters. Not only was the story unspoiled, but greatly enhanced by the narration. Simply the BEST audio book I have yet had the pleasure of experiencing, and I can hardly imagine that anybody could out-do this one.

    The narrators are magnificent. I can't say it enough. Their pacing, characterization of each individual in the story, and emotion are all exactly perfect for this book. And it's a large cast - I counted six skilled narrators, maybe more, each who read from a different character's point of view.

    If you are a huge fan of Ender's Game, you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED - BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. If you have never read Ender's Game, don't hesitate - this is probably the best sci-fi book written and deserves a look.

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    Adam 02-16-05
    Adam 02-16-05
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    "Just as good as I remember"

    I read this book ten years ago to the month, I absolutly loved it. What a great lesson on leadership and will power. Listening to it even made it better!

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