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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!

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©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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    John S MA 07-26-13
    John S MA 07-26-13 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Kind of like the Hunger Games"

    This book reminded me of the Hunger Games Series. Because it predates that series it may be the original. Both have the same theme of oppressive adults making children do their bidding and fight their wars. I found it entertaining, both of my children had read it before me and recommended it. The narration was good, but I have a bias towards a single narrator versus multiple narrators.

    Usually I think most books are better than any movie adaptation, but this may be a better movie than book. We will know in the fall.

    The author has some great commentary at the end. Make sure you listen to it.

    2 of 2 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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Auban 05-01-05
    Auban 05-01-05
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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 26 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wakefield, RI, USA 12-21-03
    Robert Wakefield, RI, USA 12-21-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Enders Game"

    I am one that does not usually rate audio books, generally they are somewhat the same and only add to the author's imagination when they create new fandangled contraptions to capture the readers attention. I took a chance a listened to Enders Game and was very surprised to find that the numerous reviews I read before making the purchase were very right. This audio was very good and kept my attention throughout the entire set of disks. After you listen to this one, I am confident that you will turn to the other audio books in the series and listen to them all. You may find after listening to each of them you will establish an order of favorites for yourself. Take a chance and listen to this one first and you will be hooked on the series as well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Galloway, NJ 05-22-12
    Patrick Galloway, NJ 05-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad, but not as good as the reviews suggest."
    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book, but it also was not profound, nor particularly exciting or funny. I just was never pulled into it and I had hoped - after reading the reviews - that it would have been a pleasure. For me, it just passed the time.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gene San Leandro, CA, USA 05-08-08
    Gene San Leandro, CA, USA 05-08-08
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    "Absolute Ender"

    A fantastic narration for this sci-fi treasure. Fell in love with the book ages ago, and enjoyed the vivid imagery that came flooding back in the narration of this audible audio book version.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    William Eden Prairie, MN, USA 06-28-04
    William Eden Prairie, MN, USA 06-28-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Intelligent and captivating"

    Just prior to reading (listening to) Ender's Game, I had read Dan Brown's titles: The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons. I loved the Dan Brown books, but Ender's Game was even better.

    Ender Wiggen is a character for the ages. His story will live on through time for those who believe that our minds do have tremendous power, but still enjoy the action, suspense, drama and emotion of a good story. If you are reading this review, stop - and start reading Ender's Game. It doesn't get any better.

    15 of 20 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 16 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 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 11-09-11
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "Wonderful book, Masterful execution"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes! Most decidedly. Very imaganitive, great dialogue, Great story. I have a few nit picky details that I have qualms with, but I would give it a 98 out of 100 save those few things. Having been in the military for 12 years, I am contstantly amazed at how people who have'nt been in the military confuse dicipline with abuse. Read Heinleins Star Ship Troopers, (a book thats shares a simular primise with Enders Game), if you want to know what the military is like.I also say a lot of bullying goes on in this book, and that does not happen in the military any more than in civilian life.That being said, I thourghly enjoyed listening to this book, and would definitly get the rest of the series. I give it 5 Stars and you should really get this one if you can.


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

    That would be giving away the ending, but I was totally fooled, and I am a pretty smart guy.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

    Rudnicki's Ender is wonderful, and Rudnicki is a narrative God! Harlan's okey I really like the Bova Book, City on the edge of Darkness that Harlan did. Its one of my top favorites, in science fiction. I guess I think of Harlan as a writer, which is probebly unfair.


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

    I love the battles in the Battle school, it was very creative, and I have always loved stories of Military school, having been in one myself.


    Any additional comments?

    No way can you go wrong getting this book to listen to.Great Story!

    4 of 5 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.

    19 of 20 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
  • 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Kirkwood
    Congleton, Cheshire
    12/2/13
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    "Sorry I waited this long to read it"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes, very enjoyable book - will try others in the series next


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human element, focusing on the difference betwen the three children and their interaction with each other and society.


    Did Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    The reading was very believable, especially the adult charaters. Having a six year old child narrated by an adult sometimes makes you lose perspective on the fact that Ender is a child.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A nice twist at the end, not entirely unexpected, but completed the book nicely


    1 of 1 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
  • Adam
    12/14/14
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, particularly if you have seen and liked the film. There are far more tactics involved. There are more games, deeper characters and Ender's family story is much better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Bean, as it brought around a greater sense of awareness from Ender.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The Narrator gave a solid performance, drawing the correct emotions from the character as the given moments.


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

    I raced through this book, despite having a busy schedule at the time, which is a testament to the story and the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Havant, United Kingdom
    12/6/14
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    "Meets expectations"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to so many, I can't really give it a number, but pretty highly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender himself, unsurprisingly. Card makes me believe that someone so young can be so educated and so wise... at least during the listen. He makes for a strong identification character, as is often the case in good SF.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I'd be happy to hear them narrate again - preferably in the same book, as having the change of voice worked rather well.


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

    No, it's too long, and takes place over several years.


    Any additional comments?

    It's amusing how much it's dated, especially where web technology is concerned. Ender's brother and sister are basically internet trolls!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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