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Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition | [Orson Scott Card]

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... 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.
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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 Vista, CA, USA 04-16-10
    James Vista, CA, USA 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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    RH BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 03-08-10
    RH BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 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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    Esther Dryden, Ontario, Canada 02-26-10
    Esther Dryden, Ontario, Canada 02-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome story"

    I have read some of Orson Scott Card's novels in the past, but have never before encountered Ender. And to be introduced to this wonderful story as an audio book with multiple actors was a real treat. After all, Card himself says in the afterward that this is the media for which he wrote the book. I enjoyed this audio book so much that it is still on my MP3 player and will likely remain there, even though I seldom leave a book on my player once I have listened to it. I am really looking forward to reading and listening to other works by Orson Scott Card; especially those about this intriguing boy, Ender Wiggins. Definitely 5 stars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Somerville, MA, USA 12-22-09
    Evan Somerville, MA, USA 12-22-09
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    "Required Sci-Fi Reading"

    Ender's Game is required reading for any sci-fi fan for a reason. Great science fiction takes a fun and futuristic approach when tackling complex relevant issues and this book is the epitome of great science fiction. Ender's Game does an excellent job of developing relatable characters, even though they are child geniuses, and Ender's inner dialogue is fascinating. In Card's post script, he says that he modeled the children's speech on his 5-year-old son so keep that in mind if the name calling seems childish at times. The narration did a great job of mirroring the character's attributes and the speech patterns sounded like that of a child, when appropriate. And even though the book is about children, the subject matter is enjoyable for everyone. I thought Ender's Game was a lot of fun and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    e.good 12-14-09
    e.good 12-14-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Required Reading"

    It's not for nothing that this book is required reading in many schools now. Besides being a fantastic story, it's one that thinks deeply on the nature of leadership, morality, duty, honor, love, friendship, and power.

    Many people will shy away from Ender's Game because they don't read sci-fi, but they shouldn't. I read it 5 years ago as a 20 year old woman who'd never picked up a sci-fi novel in her life, and loved it.

    Not only was it the first sci-fi I'd ever read, it was the first audio book I'd ever listened to. It got me hooked and is still the gold standard. Rudnicki and the rest of the cast are pitch perfect all the way through.

    Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Anderson Nevada, USA 07-11-09
    Kristi Anderson Nevada, USA 07-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic"

    I picked this book up in high school and never finished it for some reason, but this time I couldn't stop listening. I really like how he made his super smart character feel so very relatable. Very interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 07-10-09
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 07-10-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Orson Scott Card, the King of Character"

    What makes this my very favorite science fiction novel EVER? It's really quite simple--Card makes you a part of his characters. I can't think of an author better at putting the reader in the character's shoes. Nothing will create interest as much as this does.

    Of course, if the characters were boring this wouldn't work. No worries there. Whether it's Ender, Graff, Valentine, Peter, or Bean--we are manipulated (by the author) to understand them even when we don't like them.

    The story, is fairly straight forward (super-smart boy is drafted to save the world from an alien invasion), but it's the telling that is truly amazing.

    The narration was descent. I like that they use different narrators, depending on whose POV we're in. Unfortunately, however, the narrator for Ender is a little monotone. I've heard worse, but I'd like to see a more expressive reader for Ender.

    Get this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mick Columbus, MS, USA 06-09-09
    Mick Columbus, MS, USA 06-09-09
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    "Great Novel"

    This is one of the best sci-fi novels out there. Read Ender's Shadow after finishing Ender's Game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rebecca Rubens
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    5/28/13
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    "Surprisingly good"

    Admittedly I wasn't sure I'd like this but I did. I enjoyed the audio version for all the usual reasons including the freedom it gives to get on with other things. I'd say the downside was trying to visualise the complexity of fight scenes, of which there are many. Other than that the story was awesome and very engaging, loved the twist. You're in for a treat.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ssebuliba
    WEMBLEY, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Ender's game"

    I have read Ender's game more times than I have read any other book except maybe Isaac asimov's spectacular Foundation series. The chance at listening to a dramatized version of the book was just irresistible and I must say, I have not been disappointed. Reminds me of childhood's end by Arthur c. Clarke.

    I recommend this audio book.

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  • Stuart
    LEISTON, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Just brilliant"

    My first foray into audiobooks and this was a great place to start. Orson Scott Card's novel itself is a fantastic journey through some exciting and horrifying adventures, and the voicing really helped convey the atmosphere and the characters. Well worth the investment and I'd recommend this to anyone with a sci-fi bent.

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  • Michelle Moore
    Dartford, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "SF Classic"

    I'm not a huge SF fan, but certain books capture my imagination, and this is one of them. The story of a young boy, who goes through complex training, whilst also growing up, going on to lead an army against a threat to our world.

    I loved the writing in this one, again it's a story well told, and I will most probably listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    ELLESMERE PORT, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Excellent Sc-Fi"

    A friend recommended that I read 'Ender's Game' and I am glad they did and in particular that I chose to listen to this audiobook version. The narration is unlike any other I've heard. The main narrator isn't just reading the book it is something of a performance and has variation in tone and feeling. The use of different people for different characters makes it more of a performance piece too. The book is a classic of Sci-Fi and has garnered well deserved rewards. I really got into it about a third of the way through not being sure what it was going to be like before that so I recommend sticking with it for the great ideas in the book. The author's afterword is brilliant too. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "This should be compulsory reading"

    While this is a splendid piece of science fiction writing, it is so much more. The story of humanity against aliens is one of the timeless themes. Inevitably we must triumph. However, the way in which we win is a tale of ruthless manipulation. It asks one of the biggest philosophical questions in whether the end ever justifies the means and whether the needs of the one must always be subsumed the needs of the many. It is a truly marvellous piece of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Just wow"

    Loved the book, but the audiobook takes it to another level, the production is fantastic and really sets the mood. :) enjoy

    Mike

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • karen
    Sydney, Australia
    12/23/12
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    "Enders Game"

    Very interesting book. Great for a long car ride , the the kids were so engrossed they didn't want a comfort stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    6/17/12
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    "First awesome book in a FANTASTIC series"

    I picked up this book with great recommendations but low expectations. Children fighting in space? Sounds lame. It is not. It is wonderful. It borrows some of the 'super-human genius' people angle from Dune, and to great effect. The characters are believable despite their excellence, and both lovable and hatable in the right times.

    You need to give this first book a chance as, if you like it, there are a few more where that came from waiting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    5/31/12
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    "Immensely enjoyable"

    What a great book. It might be a few decades old now but it stands the test of time admirably.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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