We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Ender's Game Audiobook

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (29814 )
5 star
 (20622)
4 star
 (6830)
3 star
 (1721)
2 star
 (367)
1 star
 (274)
Overall
4.6 (20866 )
5 star
 (14787)
4 star
 (4407)
3 star
 (1232)
2 star
 (253)
1 star
 (187)
Story
4.6 (20667 )
5 star
 (13806)
4 star
 (5207)
3 star
 (1294)
2 star
 (226)
1 star
 (134)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    M. Wire 06-20-04
    M. Wire 06-20-04 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    67
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "I love this series..."

    First things first, you must realize that this is a story about an exceptional child, but not a story for children. This is a book about politics and war. This is a story of a government desperate to find the solution to a problem that is both real and imagined. It is a fascinating look into military strategy and the life of Andrew Wiggins.

    I will warn you that some of the ?ideas? presented will offend those who are more politically correct than others, but if you take it for what it actually is? the pre-story to the second book, ?The Speaker for the Dead,? and know that it will give you a base understanding of the main character in this series, you will grow to love and care about the characters presented here within.

    One last warning, this series will draw you in and you will not be able to stop until you have read every book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Graham St. Albans, N/A, United Kingdom 03-21-04
    Graham St. Albans, N/A, United Kingdom 03-21-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Brilliant"

    it was an absotoltly compelling book the BEST i have heard so far! makes me want to go into space! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bob 12-21-03
    Bob 12-21-03 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tyler sault ste marie, ON, Canada 01-14-03
    Tyler sault ste marie, ON, Canada 01-14-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "I could not rest until I finished!"

    Ender's Games was terrific. I am a huge Asimov fan, and Ender's Game rates up there with the fathers of Sci Fi. I could not rest until I finished the entire book. I actually considered staying up and starting the second part. But my exaustion got the better of me. I will start Book Two in the morning. If you like a great story, you will love Ender's Game. Genre has nothing to do with it, it is just a great story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd Wynia Phoenix, AZ 01-12-03
    Todd Wynia Phoenix, AZ 01-12-03 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    148
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Very Entertaining"

    I loved this book. It's engaging from the get go and keeps the pace going. I found that I couldn't wait to go to the gym so I could listen to a little more.

    Ender is a great character. A true leader. Great character development so you get inside his head and find out what its like to be the very best.

    The use of several narrators is interesting, but unnecessary. I thought the narrators did an excellent job with the exception of one female that was overly dramatic. I found her a bit difficult to listen to. Narrators make or break an audiobook. And even with the one drama queen narrator, this book is well worth a listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelly Sharpsburg, GA, USA 01-12-03
    Kelly Sharpsburg, GA, USA 01-12-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Victor manalapan, NJ, USA 01-09-03
    Victor manalapan, NJ, USA 01-09-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    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

    HELPFUL VOTES
    276
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    92
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    350
    31
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Patrick 05-22-12
    Patrick 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Doug Austin, TX 06-16-11
    Doug Austin, TX 06-16-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    423
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    256
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    25
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • V. S.
    6/17/05
    Overall
    "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
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/13/09
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aeraphos
    3/11/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Kirkwood
    Congleton, Cheshire
    12/2/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    "Just fantastic"

    I'm looking for the button to click six stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. J. Roach
    UK
    6/27/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.