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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)

What Members Say

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    Yang TORRANCE, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Yang TORRANCE, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good balance between sci-fi and thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but with the movie coming out soon and the positive reviews 'Ender's Game" received I decided to give it a try. The plot was fast- paced and exciting, although there were times when the story stepped a little too far into science fiction territory for me (lots of anti- gravity situations that didn't further the plot).
    The writing style is quite cynical and at times very dark, and I definitely think there is some political commentary, or at the very least Card subconsciously projects his cynical views of government into the plot.
    Criticisms aside, I thought the book was very thought provoking, and extremely entertaining. It's definitely worth a read!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 02-04-13
    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I guess it is time to admit (to myself) - I am not"

    the greatest fan of Mr. Card. I have listened to two of his books now and read one a long time ago. I think I find them a bit too 1960s SciFi in that the story is imaginative but a little two dimensional in plot and character. My tastes have moved on to more sophisticated stories, plots, and authors: Patrick Rothfus, George R.R. Martin, Stephen Donaldston (his "Chronicles") and the like. I was not bored and never once thought I wouldn't finish the book - just that while it was good Sci-Fi it is not great literature. I don't mind a good read. For example as a recent read: "The Help" was a great read. I wouldn't class it as great Lit, but it was a wonderful experience.

    Just ignore this review if you also loved "Hunger Games," a book that stretched out a marvelous one-novel story into a weak trilogy. More Rothfus please!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-16-10
    James 04-16-10
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    "Excellent Edition"

    I found this to be a very enjoyable and engaging story, read by a team that did a great job. (One of the minor characters is read by Orson Scott Card.)

    I have seen some of the reviews that suggest that the narration detracted from the enjoyment of this audio book. However, on the contrary, I found that the narration team did a wonderful job. It was as if each of the various readers really understood and empathized with their characters.

    Ender's Game is a classic SiFi story that is well worth your time. Card creates characters that you love, and characters that you hate, in a world that is believable.

    You will also enjoy the author's comments following the story.

    I give it two thumbs up.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Aj Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada 04-11-10
    Aj Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada 04-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A great listen!"

    This is definately an Orson Scott Card classic. I have read and re-read this book over the years and I loved listening to it. The narrators were fabulous and though I can't figure which character it was, Card was in there too. The author's note at the end is definately worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul A. Martin 03-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Well Done.... Quite Interesting"

    I'm not usually a big fan of Sci-Fi, but this story was quite captivating from beginning to end. I will definitely look into reading some of this author's other books.

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    RLH 03-08-10
    RLH 03-08-10
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    "Not a big fan of science fiction but..."

    ...I loved this book! Had no idea where it was going and had to think twice about its premise, but it holds up beautifully. Followed it by listening to "Speaker for the Dead" which I would also recommend (in that order) for new readers (listeners) of Card.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 01-05-09
    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 01-05-09 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best!"

    Ender's Game is one heck of a ride. Brilliantly told and very well narrated. There's not much more to say as to not spoil it. This is definitely an essential must have for any type of reader. You won't regret it!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald United States 10-25-08
    Gerald United States 10-25-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Audio Book"

    Loved the "production" of this book. It was created like a well done stage play and listening to Card discuss it at the end, that was his intent. Highly recommend to everyone.

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    Dee Aledo, TX, United States 09-04-08
    Dee Aledo, TX, United States 09-04-08
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    "A favorite book and a great narration"

    Enders Game is one of my all time favorite books. I was very pleased with the audio version and enjoyed the discussion with the author at the end. Sometimes I've discovered that the audio version of a favorite book just doesn't live up to my memory. But this recording of Ender's Game is very well done; the narration is clear and understandable, inflection of the different characters is distinct without being distracting. Highly recommend

    5 of 7 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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Camberley, United Kingdom
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    "Never quite sure it will end a you expected."
    What did you like most about Ender's Game?

    The view from the main character was engrossing. You are drawn into his story and want him to succeed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written and little extraneous content.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As described in the author's tail piece it was written for audio performance. I does indeed fit the format well.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Children are the last line of defense against alien invasion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Carruthers
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    11/25/15
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    "Simply excellent!"

    One of the best novels I have listened to. superbly written, and very well narrated.

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  • Lenny Bear
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    "superb interpretation of brilliant book."

    the book moved me when I first read it many years ago. This is a brilliant interpretation of one of my favourite books. Excellent narration. worth having the unabridged version to get the full affect of this moving and well crafted story.
    anyone who has ever been isolated, lonely, talented, this book is for you. for anyone, it's a great book. I can listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    ARMAGH, Co Armagh BT60 2HN
    10/8/15
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    "Really Good science fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book


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

    The book was specifically about Ender. You are in his head for the majority of it. Some of the conversations e.g. with his sister were voiced by different people which I enjoyed


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was a film. It had a tagline. This is not a game.


    Any additional comments?

    There was about an hour and a half of additional content at the end of the book; background information from the author and a first chapter of another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea McAdam
    9/29/15
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    "Real characters in an unreal world"

    Excellent story well balanced with action and characterisation. The performance was professional and added another dimension to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexstone
    7/23/15
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    "Loved this"

    I've been meaning to read this series for years. I'm glad I finally got round to starting it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm about to star the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You been Hacked by Neptuno
    7/22/15
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    "Brilliantly Written, Brilliantly Read"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Goes into quite some depth when explaining the thought processes of gifted young children which is really interesting and clever


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

    Its quite addictive, listening to the entire thing in one sitting may be a bit of a challenge


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Robinson
    Edinburgh
    7/4/15
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    "Its ok"

    its worth the listen, though some of the battle school scenes just go on and on. I have a slight problem with the book in the way it rides rough shod over the speed of light problem, but hay ho its science fiction, and sometimes you just have to suspend belief. I found the interview with the aurthor particularly interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deaglan
    1/29/15
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    "H'o"

    I love how Orson Scott Card plays with power and shows Ender's understanding of what the other characters do and why. Very well narrated.

    0 of 0 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

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