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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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    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 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 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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  • Alejandro J. Doherty
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    "This is definitely not just a "Game""
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    "A must read". Despite the cliche 3 words, I thing you should really read the novel because it is very good.


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

    I thought it was similar to "The Fall of Reach", except this one was mrs politically loaded.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    I liked the narrator, he was easy to listen to. But the narrator who played Valentine, I don't know if it was the equipment or she just had a high pitched voice, but it made my ears bleed.


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

    No, I even saw the twist coming at the end...


    0 of 0 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
    2/5/14
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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
  • Mr
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    1/24/14
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    "Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Very we'll performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent story line , makes you feel for ender .


    Any additional comments?

    This is well worth buying. I will be getting the series .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • boudmaria
    UK
    1/21/14
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    The story line was very imaginative and the different setting to the world now created a much bigger interest in the book then I thought it would.
    I am personally not a big fan of sci fi movies books games or toys but this book has drawn me in and I couldnt stop listening to it until the end. I cant wait to start reading the next book and I already have a plan to go and watch the movie for this book!


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

    I have to say that I dont know because this is the first sci fi book I read but if thinking about it on other terms than I would say lord of the rings... just with much less characters. This is because the main character has a massive weight on his shoulders... and other main characters seem to be very related.. I.e. enders brother reminds me of saruman while his sister reminds me of gandalf but thats litterally character... of the characters comparison.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I have to say the battles in the game room were the most entertaining while the scenes where he had to play a game (with the giant) was the most amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    I personally advice this as a read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jonny
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Ender's Game?

    A very clever and enthralling novel, with very lovable and remember-able characters. There was never a dull moment in the stroy and kept my attention through ought every paragraph!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "Loved every moment!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    The realisation that it was was not a game!


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the film and felt I needed more, so I downloaded this book and was not disappointed not to say that the film didn't do the book justice it did but after listen to the book I felt more for Ender. As a result I am now listening to the rest of the books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Bromley, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "WARNING: if you listen to this book ..."

    WARNING: if you listen to this book in the car, you may miss your turning!! I have missed my exit on the motorway about 3 times, as I was so absorbed into the story.
    An Amazing book, drawn into the world and characters from the beginning… I’m now moving on to listen to all the follow on stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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