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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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    RKR Georgia 01-30-11
    RKR Georgia 01-30-11 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "The IT YA novel before Harry Potter"

    Unfortunately, I came to Orson Scott Card as a young man in my twenties. I wish Ender had been given to me as a 7th grader. So, as a 7th grade teacher, I began teaching this novel to my gifted class.

    First, a note on narration. The chapters begin with a "cast" of speakers, but once the reader begins, the only complaint I have is there was a slight sarcastic tone to his voice. At times the reader used very little emotion. That said, the narration is not bad at all, it just takes some getting used to.

    Ender is a complex CHILD, and I stress the word child because it is so easy to forget that you are reading about a pre-pubescent boy. His brother and sister, Peter and Valentine, are also very well characterized with plenty of "literary" stuff that you can deconstruct about each of them. At first the adults come across as manipulative, but some of them redeem themselves through the book. The plot is well paced, enjoyable on a surface level, but what makes the plot so good is that a reader can dig DEEP into implications regarding the Buggers and interstellar war. So the book becomes less about a boy becoming soldier and more about a government using children for its own purposes. Likewise, the poignancy of the ending could be lost on younger readers.

    This is a book that needs to be introduced at a young age and then read again as an adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 01-30-11
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 01-30-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Book!"

    Well, what can I say that hasn't been said? If you can get over 6 year olds who talk like they're 30 this is a really great book. It's narrarated very well, but more importantly, it's written in a way that lends itself to being read aloud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Winter Haven, FL, United States 01-30-11
    Lisa Winter Haven, FL, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy reading!

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    "Awesome story"

    Just from looking at the title the book did not seem interesting at all. I promised my students that I would read the book and share my discovery with them. First, I read numerous reviews and became discouraged. One reader mentioned something about sexual abuse and naked boys. I don't know what he was reading, all I know is that it wasn't Ender's Game. There is one scene in the book where a Ender was taking a shower after war games. His team had won the games where the odds were against him. Ender and his team had to battle to military teams at once. While he was in the shower a boy who led another team comes in to fight him. Ender beats the boy and leaves him bleeding on the floor in the shower. The only part I didn't like is how the children were taken from their parents as toddlers. The military wanted to see if they would be intelligent enough to fight against the Buggers. If they were rejected, they were returned to their parents to live a normal life. If they were considered a genius, they were sent to military school to be trained to fight in the war against the Buggers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mason auckland, New Zealand 01-27-11
    Mason auckland, New Zealand 01-27-11
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    "Great but dark"

    This was a fantastic story. Really well read by a few different narrators.
    The man who was acting out most of the kids didn't speak a lot like kid which I found hard.
    Loved it but quite a dark story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald GRAFTON, IL, United States 01-25-11
    Donald GRAFTON, IL, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Long overdue...."

    I must admit, listening to this book was long overdue. Somehow, though the years, I have put off reading, or in this case listening to, this book. It is a masterpiece. I wholeheartedly recommend this to any and all. Even though it is a sci-fi piece, it will be enjoyed by readers of all types. It interlaces the age old comming of age story with aspects which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this work is that most of it occures in the mind of Ender; the hero of the story. Don't put it off as I did...read it now.

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    Winifred Eugene, OR 01-17-11
    Winifred Eugene, OR 01-17-11

    Winifred

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    "Loved it"

    Another reviewer was offended by the nudity in this book. Umm...what? There was mention of nudity but nothing even remotely sexual or offensive or even worth mentioning. I read this story when I was a teenager and loved it then. I have to agree with OSC that listening to it was even better. Do yourself a favor. If you haven't read any of this author's books, start with this one. It's worth the credit.

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    Boscomac 01-15-11
    Boscomac 01-15-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Captivating!"

    I was thoroughly engaged in this story from the beginning. The character development and story line are excellent. This is truly a great read that you don't want to miss. I highly recommend this to anyone that has not already read or heard it!

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    Dean Austin, TX, United States 01-02-11
    Dean Austin, TX, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing"

    This is an amazing book for readers of all ages. A great read that keeps your interest and keeps you guessing. I don't normally write reviews but this book was worth the effort and time.

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    Joshua Tampa, FL, United States 12-21-10
    Joshua Tampa, FL, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "My Favorite Book"

    I first heard this book on audible and it immediately became my favorite. It is a story of war, internal struggle, family, spirituality, and the struggle to balance between sensitivity towards an enemy while being compelled to destroy them. I shared it with my cousin and it quickly became his favorite series. I highly recommend it and this particular reading of it is really well done.

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    Steven Dacula, GA, United States 12-07-10
    Steven Dacula, GA, United States 12-07-10
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    "Best. Sci-fi. Ever."

    I’ve read most of Orson Scott Card’s work because of my love for this novel. I have come to know his strengths and flaws as a writer, but am hard pressed to find said flaws in Ender’s Game. It is my favorite sci-fi story, and I mostly read sci-fi. If you like it half as much as I did, I recommend the entire Ender Saga and the complimenting Shadow Series.

    Also, this is easily the best combo of narrators on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Venice
    Accrington, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    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 20 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Huw
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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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Sedgefield, South Africa
    2/24/12
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    "Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition |"

    Fantastic, absorbing story. As fascinating today as when it was written 20 years ago. We listened to it on a long car journey 2 adults and a 12 year old and we all loved it. We immediately downloaded the next book in the series. The book challenges one to think about space, armies, children, relationships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Surbiton, Surrey, United Kingdom
    11/28/10
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    "Just fantastic"

    I'm looking for the button to click six stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Turner
    Derby, UK
    10/1/14
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    "Jaw droppingly good"

    This is sci-fi from the 80's. It reminded me strongly of Gateway buy Fred Pohl and Forever War by Joe Haldeman but it feels more modern. The characters use the internet before the internet even existed so that keeps it relevent.

    It is just an amazing book. Ender is a compelling character and the narration, although it takes time to get used to is mainly very good. The reader of Ender has a dry, deep voice that initially seemed a strange choice but now Ender couldn't be anyone else.

    This is the best Sci-Fi book I have had in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    MalakoffFrance
    7/27/14
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    "Terrific story, but 1 of the 3 readers is awful"

    I loved this story, and for most of it I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. For some reason, the story doesn't end when you would expect, but drifts on for a chapter or two, with a very different tone. I presume we'll see why in the following books in the series. Although this is scifi, it is really simply an adventure story set in the future: the science is neither central nor addressed in any detail.
    This audiobook had three readers who take it in turn. Two are OK; unfortunately, the third, Gabrielle de Cuir, is absolutely awful - all inappropriate whingeing and pathetic and resigned, completely inappropriate for the characters - and irritating to listen to.
    I nevertheless recommend this audiobook for anyone who, like me, enjoys good straightforward adventure stories of characters struggling on in the face of adversity, and using tactics, strategies and tricks to overcome the obstacles in their path.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    7/25/14
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    "Harry Potter in space"

    I really enjoyed this book, and i got hooked into it very quickly. While i enjoyed the middle part and build up to the climax alot, the ending was a little weak. It tries to build up to the next book in the series, Speaker of the dead. But i feel from the ending in book 1 that the theme and content will be quite different.

    While i could enjoy the partly supernatural strategic powers of Ender in the book, towards the end it got a little out of hand with all of his friends sharing in the 10-12 year old awesomeness vs. adults, and i thought some of it as rather outright silly. Over the top is the correct term i presume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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