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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

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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    Adam Beecroft, Australia 10-21-13
    Adam Beecroft, Australia 10-21-13
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    "Ended an Original Story"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes - because it is an interesting story from a young persons perspective - 'the adults wont step in to help, they never will' which is like life isnt it, we must press on - perhaps without anyone's help.

    Again an original story with some captivating consepts when considering it was written in 1985, sorry Apple, you didnt invent the tablet computer as much as you like suing others because you think they copied you but perhaps Orson Scott Card, like other Sci fi writters, thought of the concept long before you did.


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    The Princess of Mars - far better than the movie


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great Narration


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    you fart eater (try saying that to someone who is angry at you - am guessing they will just start laughing)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 10-18-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Good Story But Misses the Finer Details"

    My favorite piece of any sci-fi/fantasy novel is a great setting. I love when an author is able to build a world and invite you in. Unfortunately for me Ender's Game is a novel that has a fantastic story but never spends enough time building the world around it. Ender's Game is a quick read, and spends little time building the characters around Ender.

    You can sympathize with his character but its hard to relate. There is so many different locations that Ender goes to that it would have been nice to learn more about the other characters that are either helping or using Ender. I would have loved to have spent more time on Earth with his brother and sister.

    All in all I enjoyed Ender's Game and am glad I read it but for me it didn't live up to the hype that surrounds it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13
    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13
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    "Just alright"
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    I really wanted to love this book. I have listened to many other young adult books and as nice a the story is, it just didn't grab me. I did like the characters even though I thought the narrator for Ender was a little 'older' sounding than perhaps he should have been.

    Nice enough listen but can't say that I am encouraged enough to continue the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A United States 08-15-13
    A United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed by profanity"

    Was referred to this book by a family member who loved it. I really liked the story...very creative and very interesting...and I would rate it higher; however, I am very disappointed by the amount of profanity written into this book...especially since it was marketed to young kids and all of the lead characters are kids. Mistakenly thought since the author was a Mormon, it wouldn't have such profanity...not an audiobook I'm comfortable listening to in the car with my kids.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-02-13
    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-02-13
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    "THE BEST"
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    There isn't a better sci-fi book out there and I love sci-fi. This is possible my single favorite book.

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    Science Teacher New Jersey 07-24-13
    Science Teacher New Jersey 07-24-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good"

    Complex and involving. Very good. I don't agree with the calls for a boycott of the movie, because I found nothing objectionable to gay people in the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Kansas City, MO, United States 04-11-13
    Shawn Kansas City, MO, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2005

    I've been a member over several years and many listening devices, through long nights of network repair, and long hours of driving.

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    "You can't separate the artist from the art...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Unfortunately the artist is an extreme homophobe and it comes out in his writing. It is unfortunate that such good art is wasted on such a horrible human being. I will be purchasing anymore of his material going forward and now regret having contributed to his ability to spread hate and fear. Truly a shame that his talent could not have been in a more tolerant human being. The lessons of his stories on difference are apparently lost on the author and that really taints the product overall.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An excellent performer.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ender's Game?

    I wished they had been written by a better human being.


    Any additional comments?

    I respect the art but not the artist, truly a shame that he must taint his work with his own intolerance.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer D.C. 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer D.C. 09-07-12

    "Keep Moving Forward"

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    "Performance was excellent...story line was so-so"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    not that high as far as story line content.


    Would you recommend Ender's Game to your friends? Why or why not?

    depends, was slow starting out.


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

    no. they were excellent though!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, not great by no means...slow starting out and then just ends.there were a few surprising points, but nothing that took my breath away. Almost gave up about 3 hours into it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul levy 10-11-09
    Paul levy 10-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Addictively brilliant"

    There should be warning on the cover of the Enderverse series stating that once started life will take a backseat until its done.
    Doesn't get better.

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    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-03-09
    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-03-09
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    "Interesting but waaay too long"

    This book feels unbelievably long and seems to take forever to get going. It really isn't until the very end of the book that it picks up a lot of steam and became quite enjoyable. The end is very good but I'll admit you have to suffer through a lot of filler with important bits sprinkled about to appreciate it. Otherwise the significance of the ending would be diminished greatly to skip ahead. Unfortunately it seems almost like Card was rushing to the finish line as the end goes by very quickly in comparison to the drawn out pace of the rest of the story.

    It is very difficult to believe that children of this age, even highly advanced children as these are would speak with each other or to adults in the way they do here. As is the feeling that Ender will ultimately succeed no matter what. It is the same feeling you might get when you watch a James Bond movie; you know he'll live to see the credits and the bad guys will get their due. Both are major hurdles to the overall enjoyability of the story as a whole.

    I also had issue with the female narrator who reads for Valentine (Ender's sister). Her vocal tone was difficult to listen to for long stretches at a time. Most of the rest of the narration was suitable and Card himself plays a role (so he says at the end of the book but doesn't fess up to who he played).

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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