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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Mark Frisco, TX, USA 05-10-07
    Mark Frisco, TX, USA 05-10-07 Member Since 2014
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    "So-So"

    I got this book because I had heard so much about it over the years. First, let me say the production is top-notch. Is very easy to listen to and all the readers do an excellent job.

    The story, though, just didn't measure up to its reputation. I had most of it figured out halfway through. Even the surprise ending was unsurprising.

    I gambled on later books, though. "Speaker" is excellent. "Xenocide" is very good, but drags. "Children" - I wouldn't go there again, really.

    "Ender's Game" isn't terrible, I just found it more suitable for 12-year olds than 30-somethings.

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    Richard 09-22-05
    Richard 09-22-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Outstanding Story, Characters and Narration"

    This book doesn't need another review but... I never intended to get hooked on the entire "Ender" genre, but it was unavoidable. This book is so compelling, the development of the characters so enticing, that you really want to continue to learn what happens to them next. Ender's Game is the place to start, with the child-commander, bred for a mission and trained mercilessly; one can't believe the trials and tribulations Ender is subjected to, and one can only wonder if it takes this much work to create greatness. Ender is the ultimate "engineered hero". Enjoy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • V. S.
    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 21 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
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    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.

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    6/16/15
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    "Amazing Story!"


    Story – 5/5

    I finally got around to this audiobook, and it was well worth the wait. Having watched and moderately enjoyed the film, I wanted to read the original source, especially as it is heralded as the best Sci-fi book of all time by so many. It didn’t disappoint either, it is certainly the best sci-fi I have read (although I haven’t read many)

    The depth of character and emotion were superb, Orson Scott Card really gets us into Ender’s head. The strategies employed in the battle room and against the buggers were highly entertaining, and extremely detailed and well written, so you are able to picture exactly what is being described. The bits I enjoyed the most was the elements of the story about Ender’s siblings though, and also the inserts between chapters of the battle commanders discussing Ender’s training, which you don’t get in the film. It really helps to understand why these kids are so intelligent and how they are seen by the adults.

    Are there any Negatives? I certainly couldn’t find any. I am looking forward to the next book in the series; even though I know it is completely different.


    Performance – 4.5/5

    Although it has multiple narrators, I can’t say it added much to the story like other full cast productions have. Each were very good in their own right, it just wouldn’t have been any worse if just 1 of them read it.

    The main narrator, I think it may have been Stefan Rudnicki, was especially good, and I will keep an eye out for other audiobooks read by him.


    Overall – 5/5


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aeraphos
    3/11/15
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    "Stick through the first few chapters"

    It took me a while to get into Ender's Game. At first I disliked all of the characters because they were such cruel and boneheaded people. Not just the children but also the adults putting Ender through the training. However, as I read on, some of the characters began to reveal the good aspects of their personalities. This provided the story with a much needed break from the constant bullying and military pressure.

    I really started to like this book once the war games started. I enjoyed the zero-gravity combat scenes because of the well-described strategy involved. I loved the anticipation of finding out if Ender would win or not, and how he would do it. Once I was immersed in the story, the plot did not meander. I was constantly involved in what was going on and the ending took me by surprise in a very satisfying way.

    I have mixed opinions about a couple of the narrators. The narrator who voices Ender's chapters has a great reading voice, but it's too deep to impersonate children accurately. It's easy to forget you are reading about kids when 8 year old Ender sounds like a 30 year old man. Also, the woman who voices Ender's sister's chapters sounded irritatingly melodramatic with every word.

    So after initially doubting my ability to enjoy this book, I pushed through the first few chapters and realized what a great story it was. The writing style was clean and simple, the story was excellent, the narrators did a good job, despite a couple of minor problems.

    Overall, Ender's Game is a great book about children being trained to command sci-fi armies with a side plot of children taking over the world via internet blogs (I don't get that last part either).

    3 of 3 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


    2 of 2 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
  • Dave Coleman
    11/28/10
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    "Just fantastic"

    I'm looking for the button to click six stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. J. Roach
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    6/27/15
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    "Outstanding"

    I first read Enders Game in my teens many years ago and having watched the movie and felt thoroughly disappointed I decided to revisit the book in audio format.

    The delivery and performance is fantastic - the novel flows. Getting lost in the story is easy unlike a lot of the audiobooks I've listened to.

    It's such an enjoyable listed I've bought extra Audible credits to get Speaker For the Dead (with. the same production team).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Mac
    Scotland
    5/15/15
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    "Engaging story"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story and finished it pretty quickly. Ender is an unusual character that you quickly become invested in and want to know how his story ends.

    The multi-actor performance works well - in his postcript at the end the author says he writes from a stageplay background, so the spoken performance suits his work well.

    As a tiny note, the main narrator's voice is very deep so I found it difficult to listen to on my phone using the speakers (it got lost too easily in background noise) and needed to use headphones to make it louder. Maybe I'm just getting old!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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