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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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    CANDACE 01-07-13
    CANDACE 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    No I think the audio version was good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist.


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

    Yes there were certain part where I didnt want to stop listening.


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    paul 01-07-13
    paul 01-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Best Sci-Fi Book I've Ever Read"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, Awesome, And Witty


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

    Spoiler won't say


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    The Guy was great!!!! and the Women was ok but kind of annoying how she did everyone but Valentines voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Watch This Film!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a very picky audible acount user if you saw the amount I tried to return stuff you would believe me that this is a solid book and way more than I was expecting.

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    Charity PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 01-02-13
    Charity PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a children's book"

    Ender's Game is an interesting story about super smart kids in an adult world. I let my teenager listen but not my younger kids. It's not really a children's book. Ender is taken to a battle school where he excels in all the training and has a hard time socially because of it. This is definitely an underdog story. It also raises a lot of ethical questions that are good discussion points. If this were a movie it would probably be rated R because there is a lot of graphic violence, some nudity and some cussing. I believe a movie is being made and I hope they take out the words and nudity because the story is a good story and I think my kids would like to see it.

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    Erin 12-31-12
    Erin 12-31-12
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    "Don't wait for the movie!!"

    While I'm sure I'll be first in line to see Hollywood's version (due out in November 2013), there is no way a movie can capture the intrigue and vital inner monologue that is so important to this book. I first read it in paperback probably 20 years ago and found it original, thought-provoking and entertaining. On a whim I decided to re-visit it, and I'm so glad I did! With the benefit of an advanced degree in security studies and a subsequent decade studying military leadership theory and security strategy, I can see so much more in Card's writing than I did as a teenager, virtually oblivious to the larger themes in this story. It is by no means a philosophical work; there is no mention of Hobbes, Thucydides, Machiavelli or Clausewitz, nor even discussion of any major academic ideas. Ender's Game can be enjoyed simply for its entertainment value, however it is addresses questions of politics, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, international relations, leadership, security strategy and military tactics in ways that are interesting to both young people and not-so-young-anymore adults.

    It's worth pointing out that Card published this book in 1985, before lay-people had ever even heard of the internet as a theory, never mind a ubiquitous element of daily life. Not only did he predict the emergence and relevance of "nets" and interactive "desks" (which came to fruition in the form of the internet, laptops, tablets and smartphones), but he understood the how these media would become salient parts of our political and cultural spaces and moreover how their inherent anonymity would make them (and us) vulnerable to exploitation by those who wish to hide their identities or their true agendas.

    My assessment of the performance is mixed. There are multiple narrators, particular to the characters, and I'm not sure who did what. Whoever voiced Ender, Col Graff and Mazer Rackham did an amazing job. Major Anderson and some of the other adults and students were not nearly as believable. The woman who portrays Valentine Wiggin (I hope it wasn't Card's daughter!) had a very pleasant voice, but was relentlessly singsongy, pleading, and strangely breathless. It was just too much emotion--and always whiny emotion--all the time.

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    JOE Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-30-12
    JOE Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Distracting Narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this to a friend; but, I'd have to add that it would take some work to ignore parts of the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While there are several standout characters in the book, Ender's sister.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Both narrators were too deadpan.


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    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-29-12
    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Crowd Pleaser"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because the production was absolutely awesome. I believe there were a couple of narrators but you lose track of them and immerse in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ender as a super smart kid.


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

    Probably dramatic effect.


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

    It made me laugh in a lot of places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 12-26-12
    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 12-26-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Science fiction and philosophy"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I would not listen to Ender's Game again because I like to hear other new stories and books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending of Ender's Game was surprising. I think the very conclusion was not polished and was rushed to give the reader or listener some answers which Mr. Card would later make more books. Many of the comments about his other books give me concern..

    such as broken timelines and recommendations to not read the books in the order in which Mr. Card wrote them. Some readers stated that the books felt like short stories put together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was not the conclusion to the formic wars (I will not go in depth on that because it would ruin it) but on Ender dealing with the constant unfair treatment at the battle school and his ability to lead "Dragon" to victories even in the face of overwhelming odds.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ender went back to Earth and talked with his Sister.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very hesitant to read anymore of his books. People seem to like them but what I see seems too disappointing. I'm not going to read to find out what happens like seeking answers I want to be entertained not disappointed because the author can't do as well as he did the first time...

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    Ossi Lohja, Finland 12-25-12
    Ossi Lohja, Finland 12-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "It's a nice short story made to a novel"

    This used to be a short story that the writer later turned into a novel. There's a nice little epilogue about all this in the audio book that I liked.

    For me Ender's Game was a novel I simply missed as a child and never quite got to reading it even after owning it for quite some time. I did now, can't remember what brought me into it, but I'm maybe past this book either by age or perhaps it just wasn't up to my expectations. It's not bad, not at all, and the performance from the readers was delightfully good.

    I guess what I didn't like about this book was that the main characters are child. Ender is 11 at the end of the book and yet his thoughts and what he says are adult stuff. I'm not sure if this is because the book was somehow aimed towards children (?) or why the author decided to make the age that low, although he explains in the epilogue that this was partially because he thinks no 16 year old takes any input from adults anymore, which would make the plot not work. He has a point but it kind of makes it even more difficult to accept as it is.

    If you put the age issue aside, it's a good read. It's something I'll probably give my child for a reading later on, but I secretly hope they'll like Asimov better ;)

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    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 12-22-12
    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Great Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately would recommend this. Even for people who are not Sci-Fi fans (I am not) this is an excellent, yeah and even more than excellent book. Written by one of the great authors of our time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender, He is super Bad-A@# as the kids might say.


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

    Mazer Rackam


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

    Surprising ending, good twist, a very satisfying way to end.


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    Scot MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 12-19-12
    Scot MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ender is watching"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I am truly surprised that a story of a young boy's journey (through space even) could be so memorizing.


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

    Ender becoming a leader even when he was unsure of himself.


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

    Left me wanting more, but the 2nd book disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book if you can't find anything else. Definitely worth a credit.

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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
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    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


    3 of 3 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).

    4 of 4 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
  • Paul
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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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