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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)

What Members Say

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    Paul 12-02-12
    Paul 12-02-12 Member Since 2016

    Philosophy, Science, Econ, Sci Fi, Medicine for now...

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    "wicked awesome"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I'm not sure it has the replay value, but I'm told Ender's Shadow is a great read and covers some of the same ground.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Demosthenes.


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

    great vocal range, very listenable, good enunciation and the different voices gave some pep and verve to the performance.


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

    yes


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    Bill 12-02-12
    Bill 12-02-12
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    "It ain't real it's just the truth."
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Small things matter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all great!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less childish intonation.


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

    Scared.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't live in Enders time but his pressures feel true to me even now. I identify with Ender and it has made me stronger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Massage Enthusiast Washington 12-01-12
    A Massage Enthusiast Washington 12-01-12 Member Since 2012

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    "nice easy read with lots of unexpected turns"

    The book is an easy read with lots of turns and twists. i enjoy a book that is not predictable yet not unbelievable. a recommended read for all sic-fi fans.

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    Jenni Urbana, IL, United States 11-29-12
    Jenni Urbana, IL, United States 11-29-12
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    "Well-performed refresher of a classic"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Poor young Ender!


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    It isn't really a fair comparison, but I could compare it to Hunger Games in a few ways. The fact that the characters are children is a really important factor.


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

    My favorite character is actually Colonol Graff. He is dynamic wih lots of sides to his personality.


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

    One boy's fate is connected to the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually audiobooks with multiple casts distract me. This was the most seamless and well-performed multi-cast production I've seen. I read Ender's Game long ago and this was a great way to experience the story again!

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    A. Terrell Richmond, VA 11-29-12
    A. Terrell Richmond, VA 11-29-12
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    "Great reading, really enjoyed the story"
    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    I can really see why this is a classic. The way the author explains how a soldier becomes a hero is quite fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked how you could see the person (Ender) in each situation, making grown-up decisions that affect civilians and non-civilians.


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

    I loved the twist at the end. Perhaps many people knew it was coming, but it caught me off guard. Bravo.


    Any additional comments?

    The fight scenes were a little long. But the dialogue was incredibly powerful. I underlined passages as I listened that I wanted to remember, and they were countless. Very powerful statements made that are truly timeless.

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    Federico Carano, Italy 11-26-12
    Federico Carano, Italy 11-26-12
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    "Great Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Because it can teach you about friendship, management, leadership, much more than my University textbooks can. The presence of more than one speaker in definitely a plus.


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

    The final, of course. Probably the most stunning ending ever!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight against 2 armies


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

    The part in which Ender is assigned to a real army, and his friend Alai kisses him and says >


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zivimzivot 11-25-12
    zivimzivot 11-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I love sci-fi even more!"

    I have always been a fan of sci-fi but I'm not hardcore yet, so I'd never heard of Ender's Game before Audible. THANK GOD I found this book. Whether or not you're into sci-fi, traveling the universe, alien invasions, etc, this book is a fantastic journey. I was completely transported into a different universe every time I listened to this, and I couldn't stop until I finished the entire book. The narrator is great and gives the book an eerie feel in all the right places. Ender is a very likeable character and one I've thought about many times since finishing the book. In fact, I find the book popping into mind at odd moments even now, several months after finishing it. I'm definitely going to obtain the rest of the series. And I can't wait to watch the movie in December!

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 11-22-12
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly amazing!"

    I have nothing different to say about this book that has not already been said, no praise that I can give that has not already been heaped and so well earned. It just makes you want more of Card's genius.

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    David A. Tomala All over, USA 11-22-12
    David A. Tomala All over, USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Very well done!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book itself (Nebula and Hugo award winner) needs no one's recommendation. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by the care given to the audiobook performance. The use of multiple voices to represent the multiple points of view in the story. The attention to casting (I cannot imagine a more empathic Valentine), and the nuance and creativity in delivery make this a very worthwhile listen. Easily five stars.


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    Joshua Hamilton, New Zealand 11-22-12
    Joshua Hamilton, New Zealand 11-22-12
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    "Excellent book for all ages"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    There is something about an audiobook, when it is done well, that just helps bring the story to life. I think this is a great example of how an audiobook can, and should, be done


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender has to be my favourite character because I recognize many characteristics about my own childhood, though obviously I never attended battle school :(


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene is when Bean first starts training his own toon.


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

    I would love to listen to this all in one sitting, but I am also a realist. This was easy to pick up again and carry on though.


    Any additional comments?

    For some reason this is a controversial book. Don't let any comments you may have heard put you off as this book is brilliant. It has a lot to say about life, warfare, education and the way we treat children.

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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.

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  • 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
  • Mr. P. J. Roach
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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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