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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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    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-25-03 Member Since 2008
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    "It's All Been Said Already :("

    Spectacular! There is noting I could say that hasn't already been said except to say that the narration, particularly that of Stefan Rudnicki is out of this world! So good in fact, that I am surprised to see him show up in only one solo narration in the entire audible catalog. He does several narrations in collected works with other narrators. Some other books available from audible that include Rudnicki as narrator, which I recommend are: <U>The Protector</U> by David Morrell, <U>The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1999 (Unabridged Selections)</U>, and <U>The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine (Unabridged)</U>.

    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler sault ste marie, ON, Canada 01-14-03
    Tyler sault ste marie, ON, Canada 01-14-03
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    "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
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    Todd Wynia Phoenix, AZ 01-12-03
    Todd Wynia Phoenix, AZ 01-12-03 Member Since 2001
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    "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
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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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    Doug Austin, TX 06-16-11
    Doug Austin, TX 06-16-11 Member Since 2015
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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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    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."
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    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
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-27-13
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-27-13 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "A good production with a little extra"

    Do you have to listen to the audiobook of ‘Ender’s Game’ if you had listened to the audio play ‘Ender’s Game Alive’ and want to further immerse yourself in the so-called ‘Enderverse’? A lot of die-hard Ender fans seems to swear by it judging from the reviews. I disagree.

    While ‘Ender’s Game’ is probably the best option for the purist, ‘Ender’s Game Alive’ gives you the whole story and more, since Orson Scott Card has seemingly incorporated some ideas from ‘Ender’s Shadow’ in the audio play. Furthermore die-hard Enderverse purists should start with ‘First Meetings: in the Enderverse’ which contains the original novelette. Personally, I prefer ‘Ender’s Game Alive’ due to the actors and the ripening of an old classic into its current form.

    Yet this review is about ‘Ender’s Game’ which is itself an excellent production which also deserves five stars.

    The story while along the same lines, are more inward focussed. Much is left implicit and it seems that the listener is caught up in the mind of the boy Ender Wiggin. The listener sees the world of Battle School through the eyes of Ender and your emotions are closely linked to the way he experiences things. The audiobook also provides you with more elaborate scenes especially after the great war against the ‘Buggers’ are won.

    The bonus material added to the audiobook ‘Ender’s Game’ might tip the scale in buying the audiobook and not the audio play. Orson Scott Card discusses how ‘Ender’s Game’ came into being for more than half an hour. It is indeed an interesting listen which also gives you some insight on how the film came into being. In another added recording at the back of the audiobook, Card addresses young listeners/readers about the truths found in Ender’s Game and how it apply to their world. If you care for these things, the audiobook might be the best choice. If not, you are faced with a difficult decision - both ‘Ender’s Game’ (the audio book) and ‘Ender’s Game Alive’ are excellent productions that brings alive the Enderverse. Enjoy Ender’s universe, just don’t buy both versions of Ender’s Game.

    4 of 6 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 6 people found this review helpful
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  • 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!


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  • 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
  • Niall
    Portlaoise, Ireland
    12/2/13
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    "A landmark novel in sci-fi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to anyone with even the vaguest interest in science fiction or fantasy writing. It plays off familiar tropes of the genres yet still manages to be innovative and fresh. It follows the story of an exceptionally talented young boy called 'Ender' as he progresses though battle school and all the struggles associated with it. Throughout each mounting problem that Ender has to engage with you find yourself rooting for him with bated breath and silently cheering for him when he succeeds. The book is well-written; accessible, well-paced and interesting throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, while a little plain and predictable, manages to attract you into Ender's world and leaves you desiring more.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favourite?

    Ender himself was the most interesting character in the story and the voice actor performed him well.


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

    This is not a game


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended book, ideal for both newcomers and veterans of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Great scifi"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I'd certainly listen to this again as it's a gripping story, well written and well read by the voice actors.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    Without giving anything away, the best part is around the beginning of the final quarter of the book when we find out what Ender's and the other youngster's training has really been for.


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

    I have now listened to most of the Ender's series, all of which have the same voice actors, and they're all really good, would recommend them to anyone who enjoys scifi.


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

    I enjoyed the questions raised on ethics / morality and the rights of other species in this book, more so in latter books in the series. Although it does confuse me that the writer is apparently quite the homophobe, but is skilled in bringing the reader's thoughts to matters of ethics.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book, for any age 15+ and I think that even listeners who don't necessarily look for scifi audiobooks would really enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scotsch
    United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A character centric masterpiece"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Yes, a stellar perfomance, combined with a book greatly suited to be an audio book makes this a perfect rendition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    It is hard to pinpoint a specific point, there are several great once, but mostly it's about the journey Ender and partly his siblings take. Orson Scott Card shows off a lot of knowledge in this work, psychology, physics, combat and warfare. But most importantly how to present people, how to make them feel real but never be boring.


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

    Orson Scott Card comments on this at the end of the book himself. He claims his writing style is best suited for plays and dramatic performance. And I believe this to be true, a great presentation that brings spirit to the characters.


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

    Among great great perils and endless technology, we are all still human, and very much alone.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen. In all stories that I either read, watch, listen, or see, I've come to realize that it is the characters that decide how well I like it.
    This book centers on the character in a convincing and interesting way, in a setting where you could easily get sidetracked by technology and sci-fi traps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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