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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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    Barbara San Diego, CA, USA 12-28-04
    Barbara San Diego, CA, USA 12-28-04 Member Since 2005
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    "Just plain fun"

    This is a great listen. Great characters and hard to turn off. Great for S. California freeway driving.

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    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 12-23-04
    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 12-23-04 Listener Since 2000

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    "Great book! I loved it."

    This was a surprising book in many ways. It was recommended to me in a very odd circumstance (by the hospice nurse on the evening my mother passed away), and it's about a young boy who is called to be too adult too quickly. It's as much a "psychological study", as my mother would say, as it is a science fiction book -- the "sci fi" part is a back-drop for the sociological concerns of the author. I really liked it -- kept looking for chances to listen to more of it.

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    Peter Galamaga Bedford, NH 12-21-04
    Peter Galamaga Bedford, NH 12-21-04 Member Since 2012
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    "You must get this book!"

    Fantastic! I was reluctant to get this because I am not a sci-fi fan, but this is first and foremost a book about people,values, and relationships. Outstanding readers give it the feel of a radio play.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 12-20-04
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 12-20-04 Member Since 2016
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    "Ouch, this is a great book ..."

    This is a great books for young people and for the older ones too, like me.

    I wish I had this book in high school. Do not "let the buggers get you down."

    Classically, I would think it is a great book to read anyway, but if there is a long- term conflict in your life, read this book for sure. There HAS to be a way to resolve it...don't just be a victim.

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    Benjamin WollongongAustralia 12-19-04
    Benjamin WollongongAustralia 12-19-04
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    "A good read/listen"

    A good read/listen, though I was disappointed at the apparently arbitrary insertion of the plot development for the succeeding novels - this seems akin to a Hollywood 'sequel' tactic and in my view tarnishes an otherwise very good storyline.

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    Val Sarasota, FL, USA 12-17-04
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    "Engrossing"

    I've never read anything by Orson Card before, but will check this author out again. Fascinating story - had me questioning a lot of what my beliefs are. Held me spell bound until the end.

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    Whizz Kid UK 12-08-04
    Whizz Kid UK 12-08-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I thought this would be a children's book. Instead it appeals to the inner child.
    A fascinating sci-fi book. Quite the best I have come accross in a long time.

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    Marie Elk Grove, CA, USA 12-03-04
    Marie Elk Grove, CA, USA 12-03-04
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    "Great Listen - for all involved!"

    Ender's Game is a great story: imaginitive and well written. My heart wrenched for Ender and I thought I should all aspire to be more like him. No wonder my H.S. freshman was required to read this over the summer. I think this is a definite CLASSIC!

    I can't wait for Ender's Shadow to come out on Audible in unabridged version - hint hint!

    This was my first Audible book and it was wonderful. Our family: 39-year-old mom amd dad, 10-year-old and 14-year-old boys - all enjoyed this on a long car trip. The problem? I cheated and listed to it when I went to bed in between going & coming! Oh well - it was fine to listen to some parts twice! The character touched all of us.

    Download this and be prepared to get sucked in!

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    John San Francisco, CA, USA 12-03-04
    John San Francisco, CA, USA 12-03-04 Member Since 2011
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    "A story for the 21st century (and beyond?)"

    I've just started listening to the 3rd book in this series, and am still completely engaged. "Ender's Game" tackles some of the really big issues facing us humans -- things like good vs. evil, us-vs.them-ism, free will, the nature of love -- inside a fast-moving, exciting story: These are clearly issues for our times, complex issues, and the author's treatment of them was anything but superficial. Never once did I feel I was being preached to, and I was never bored. The audio version of the book is very well produced and is performed by excellent readers with strong, clear voices. I whole-heartedly recommend it, if for no other reason than to set the stage for the author's *superb* second book in the series, "Speaker for the Dead".

    I only allow myself to listen to my audiobooks at the gym (one of my rewards for staying in shape), and since I started listening to the Ender series I've been exercising more than ever. In my case, the Ender books have been good for my soul, mind AND body.

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    Kevin Dorff Yonkers, NY USA 11-30-04
    Kevin Dorff Yonkers, NY USA 11-30-04 Member Since 2012

    Boo yah!

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    "Not perfect but I enoyed it"

    This book takes places in the early-ish 80's and is partially about a game programmer (ATARI, C64, PC, etc.) and his family (strong focus on problems with the 7 year old son). This was a particularily interesting topic in all aspects to me personally, this is when I started using computers and teaching myself to program, so I knew the timeframe and computer platforms and I personally and a programmer, so, for at least these reason I was interested. The story about the father son blossoms really well. When it finally comes to fruition it does a good job. It should be noted the final blossom doesn't seem as polished as with writers who are more native to the genre (I believe Card is more of a SF writer), BUT, he is clearly an excellent writer. There are things about the conclusion I might have changed, but I did, in general, like the entire book and was glad I read (listened to) it. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and I don't think this was AS good, but it is a solid book.

    My notable thoughts: The accent of the reader is kind of odd but livable. It is not bad or distracting just different from what I am used he. He does a solid job... please doen't read this as a complaint, just something that I noted.

    Finally, and MAYBE importantly: there is a STRONG Mormon theme within this book, the family the book is about are devout Mormons, but, they seem genuine. If references to religion through a book turns you off don't read this book. I am not Mormon but I thought it added an interesting tone to the characters.

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