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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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    Kelly Sharpsburg, GA, USA 01-12-03
    Kelly Sharpsburg, GA, USA 01-12-03
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    This story really sucks you in without you really knowing it. You just become a part of Ender. I loved the way they used the voices in this production. It helped me keep track of everyone in the book and where everyone was. Beautifully done! I'm going to order the next two books right after this for sure!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victor manalapan, NJ, USA 01-09-03
    Victor manalapan, NJ, USA 01-09-03
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    "outstanding!!!"

    a winning combination - both the narrators (and there are a few) and the book - an unexpected pleasure all around ... i say unspected because i did not have anything from this author before but i will most definitely purchase the rest of the series ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "Just okay, I guess"

    I can’t muster up too much positive or negative emotion towards Ender’s Game. It was good in parts. It was not-as-good in other parts. There were exciting parts, and there were boring parts. It’s so well-reviewed on Audible and had been recommended to me by several friends that I figured it must be great. But it never got there for me.

    It was an interesting concept, and Ender is an interesting character, but he is constantly beaten down, emotionally, from all angles. I started to feel bad for the kid. Then he fulfills his purpose (rather abruptly, I would say), and then it gets weird, and I ended the book confused. This won’t dissuade me from future sci-fi books, but this isn’t one of my top picks.

    22 of 33 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 2016

    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 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Join the war against the Buggers!"

    Ender's Game is considered a classic Sci Fi novel and after listening to this 20th anniversary version I can see why. There are plenty of concepts here to take issue with but I was so quickly sucked into the story of Ender Wiggen that I just went with the flow and didn't get caught up in the things that didn't make much sense.

    Twice before the human race has faced extinction at the hands of the Buggers, an alien race that ruthlessly attacks without communicating in any way, and many feel the 3rd war is imminent. It is within this context that we learn about the battle school set up by the "IF" to train children to become commanders of the human fleet. With the 3rd war almost upon us, humanity is running out of time to prepare. The powers that be will cut any corner and take any risk they deem necessary to get ready because if they fail there will be no humans left to condemn their actions as immoral.

    The children that enter battle school are heralded as heroes as they essentially forfeit their childhood (and lives) to be tools of the military. Ender Wiggen is one such child and the centerpiece of the story. Due to population issues, couples in this future are expected to be "compliant" and have no more than 2 children. As a "third" child Ender's life is forfeit to the military to be used as they see fit. He is monitored and manipulated from the moment of his birth which was permitted only because of the potential shown by his siblings.

    We come to know many of the ways that Ender is being manipulated, but not all of them. This knowledge puts us in a morally ambiguous position when judging his actions. Is Ender truly responsible for his actions or is he a victim of circumstance? Should he resist this pre-ordained path and perhaps forsake mankind to the Buggers or suck it up and do when is needed of him?

    I recommend you give it a listen and draw your own conclusions about Ender Wiggen.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 05-22-12
    Patrick 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Lisa United States 11-18-13
    Lisa United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Simply Brilliant!"

    I cannot believe this was written in the 80's. This book is captivating, entertaining, humorous, heart warming and emotional. I found myself wanting more, watching Ender grow up and the trials he goes through at such a young age tugged at my heart strings. I really liked the story of Peter and Valentine as well. Honestly, I'm glad they made a movie because I probably would not have picked this book up otherwise. I always read the books before a movie and I can't be sure the movie can do the book justice but I will definitely be seeing the movie.
    The narration was perfect. I am a very picky listener and don't like trying new narrators because they can absolutely ruin a book. These readers did an amazing job. I never got confused on the characters and it flowed seamlessly.
    Onto the next. I am a Orson Scott Card fan for life now!!!

    HAPPY LISTENING!

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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-26-11
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-26-11 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired 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.

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    Doug Austin, TX 06-16-11
    Doug Austin, TX 06-16-11 Member Since 2016
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    "A simulation within a simulation....."

    I'm just not sure why thsi book gets so much attention. I forced myself to finish it. I can tell the author is a good writer, but the story just gets a little dry. It was hard to get into a 9 year old character who has no freedom, few choices, who spends most of his time in non-dangerous simulations, and the strategies of which are hazy and made up. This means when the lead character 'outsmarts' his opponents, we just have to accept it was a superior strategy. Anyway, there was another problem with he story at the end, but I dont' want to include spoilers.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-24-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-24-15 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "A true classic!!"

    Most authors do not live long enough to see any of their novels reach true classic status. With Ender's Game, which was written 30 year ago, Orson Scott Card is a rare exception. The novel appeals to children as early as they learn to read effectively as well as to others of all ages. I give all of my grandchildren copies of the book and when the movie version was released I took them to see it (the movie showed remarkable fidelity to the book). Ender's Game was the first in a long series of novels and short stories written by Card, all of them superb.

    The Audible audiobook version of Ender's Game is wonderful.

    This novel is science fiction looking far into the future as are most of Card's novels.

    I recommend Ender's Game and all of the other novels and short stories in the series without reservation for all between the ages of 7 and 100.

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  • W12 Jock
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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
  • Popeyesfx
    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
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    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
  • eileen
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Excellent narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was brilliantly read. I do not usually read this type of book. I was bored and decided to try something different. It was totally different with an unusual sci fi / fantasy perspective. The story line started slowly and I initially wondered what I had done but after a short time it gripped me and kept me listening well into the night.
    If you like sci-fi and something very different I would certainly reccomend this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although this starts out with children in a future time, Ender was my favourite character because the story takes you through his childhood years and how he develops mentally and physically even though some times it seems a bit to far fetched it all weaves together well.


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

    This is the first of Stevan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison's I have heard but will defiantly look for more.


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

    Shocked Empathy with the young Ender when he was mentally and physically abused made me cringe but it is fantasy and real life can be worse.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen or read would reccomend it to any sci-fi addict a very good teenage read also.
    No sex was quite a change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Hopkins
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    12/9/13
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    "enders game"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    This is by far the best audio book ive listened to,including lord of the rings trilogy which i thought would never be beaten.Regardless of your views on the writer and his opinions,not mine by the way,the guy can write.He is the only person to write an ending to his book that i didnt see coming a mile away.Here goes ...in a war where aliens always seem to have the upper hand the earth has united and in a desperate bid to end the 3rd bugger war,the earth now trains its best and greatest from childhood,taken away from his family ender is the 3rd child to be allowed birth,his previous siblings all failed and were ejected from the military.....will ender wiggins be any different?One last statement...when they say this is a must read{listen}they arnt kidding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    cant help but like val{valentine}shes funny and desperate and gets the better of peter


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

    They are brilliant all the cast readers are brilliant,they get the feel of the book perfectly


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

    It did make me laugh and i have to admit to feelings...im a bloke so thats all your getting....stiff upper lip ....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    INVERNESS, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Sci-fi for all ages"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Enders Game has just been released as a movie but do yourself a favour and listen to this before you go to see it.
    I read the book when I was 12 and working my way through the library. I loved it then and devoured the others in the series, this re-read (listen) did not disappoint and as such it is a science fiction book that anybody who is interested in the genre should enjoy.
    A fantastic story that has been well produced as an audio book. I was worried before I started listening that having more than one narrator would be jarring but instead it is flawless and adds to the overall enjoyment immensely.
    When you get to the end make sure you listen to the author Orson Scott Card talking about the book and the film as he is incredibly engaging.


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

    If you enjoy this you should try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.


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

    I haven't listened to either of the narrator's before but, I will definitely be looking out for them now.


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

    I listened to this book in two big chunks if I didn't need sleep it would definitely have been perfect for one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raimundas
    London, UK
    12/5/13
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    "Very good scy-fi book!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is amazing book about genius child playing games to learn to battle actual enemies.
    Story goes very deep. It touches very interesting child psychology and general philosophic questions. Writing style is good, characters are interesting and relateble. Action scenes are interesting and vivid, and mind work of protagonist is very interesting.
    Is is better then the movie? It is wrong question - it is different experience. I would recommend reading the book first... watch movie. Take a break of couple of years, reverse the order and do it again.

    Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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