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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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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-02-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, Not Sure It Iives Up To The Hype"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Not really, Not that it isn't a fun listen once, but unless I decide to listen to the rest of the series, probably not.


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

    Blah. The end feels rushed. Not like he tried to put too much in a small space but like there isn't enough. There are specific things i wished he had addressed as for the ending and this is my main problem with it which i will explain more on in the Additional Comments.


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

    Ender, honestly. I just liked the way he sounded, idk any other way to explain it.


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

    Seriously? Would 'This Is Not A Game' work?


    Any additional comments?

    So, i know i'm probably going to be crucified for this but, i just didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.

    (SPOILERS) The end was the part that fell apart for me. When Ender beat the last 'game' in Command School and Mazer Rackham said "You you just won the war!" (I'm paraphrasing) IT felt like a cop out to me. BUT hold on! Not the basic idea, more the execution. The idea is interesting and surprising. While it was surprising, it didn't feel as powerful as it should have. I really can't explain it well. To me it was just to 'BLAH'. I.. hmm, i was just to not concerned i guess.

    Then the human war happened after the Bugger threat was gone, cool right?! WRONG we got to see zip of that war, we've had Bean's perspective of things and could have through some of the war, but no, all we got was Ender's rehab. Huh?

    No, i know that the story was originally a Short Story and i am impressed at the way Orson Scott Card turned it into a full on novel. But the end, like I said, it felt rushed and I feel I would have enjoyed the Short Story more than the novel.

    I know, I Know! Crucify, Crucify!!!! But I'm just being honest and feel this doesn't quite live up to the hype

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ruth Hill, NH, United States 04-11-13
    ruth Hill, NH, United States 04-11-13
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    "Pretty good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really don't have any friends that would find this interesting.


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

    I was pretty annoyed, actually, though it pretty much pulled it together -- it was kind of confusing there for a few minutes while driving. lol


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really liked the main reader. I very much disliked the female reader and the whole idea of different readers and voices. The female reader sounded like she was high r something while reading, she overplayed trying to sound so 'casual' or something ... very distracting. I would rather have had the lead reader do the entire thing.


    Did Ender's Game inspire you to do anything?

    No, though I may be more open minded about sci-fi in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the characters, the story was strange, but good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 03-29-13
    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2014

    My name is Chris and I am an addict.

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    "The end will astonish you."

    Ender's Game is an audiobook I have been told was always amazing and it did not fall short. The end took myself by a little bit of surprise and the book is one that is best when finished. If you listen or read it without finishing you may not enjoy it, but the author really knows how to put it all together.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Magikarp Salad 06-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Must Listen."

    I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't been said...this is a great story that every kid (uh...older kid...with parent's approval) and adult should have on the list of books they've read (or listened to). Performance is excellent.

    You could stop after listening to this one - the story does come to an end. However, Speaker for the Dead is next, and is, in my opinion, better...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William 08-18-09
    William 08-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Must read for Sci-Fi fans"

    If you enjoy sci-fi, this title is a must read. This is usually recommend as a teen/ young adult title, but think that it is appropriate for all ages. I am in my late twenties myself. I found the characters enjoyable and was absorbed by the plot. I've enjoyed the universe created in the book so much, that I have continued on the other titles that exist in it. I enjoyed the narration and will be looking at other titles by the cast.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 08-11-09
    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 08-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Must-read for sci-fi fans"

    Smart, clear, action-packed, tension, drama : all good words to describe this book. It really is a *must read* for any Science Fiction fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Thomas Atlanta, GA 01-12-09
    Alex Thomas Atlanta, GA 01-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Awsome Audio Book!"

    I will have to admit that when I cranked up my iPod and head: "This is Audible Kids!" I thought "Oh no I have acidently bought book or children." Although this books is about children, I would not consider it a book for children, or at least the age children the book is about (6-12 y/o). It was probaly the most unique book I have read or listened to. Even though it is 20 yeas old, it is intresing to see ideas like the internet, chat rooms etc portraied pretty acuratly by todays standards. I cant wait to read the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Burr Ridge, IL, United States 12-12-08
    Thomas Burr Ridge, IL, United States 12-12-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Never been much of a science fiction fan..."

    That is, until I started reading the Ender series. I can't even remember how I started, but it was the first time I found myself sitting in the driveway not wanting to get out of the car so that I could just keep listening. Not only that, the book has really stayed with me and I find myself thinking about the book from time to time. The writing and creativity are just mind blowing. This series alone has converted me to a Science Fiction fan. It's been 3 years since my first read of Enders game, and I'm listening to it again now and loving it just as much the second time around. Even if you're not typically into SciFi, I highly recommend you give it a try. Like another reader pointed out, it's slow to start - but stick with it. It gets so good!


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    M. Johnson 11-23-08
    M. Johnson 11-23-08 Member Since 2012
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    "A Masterful Book"

    Probably the best sci-fiction "story" I have ever read and would love to read again. I am not saying Ender's Game is the best sci-fi book ever but it has to be my FAVORITE sci-fi STORY.

    I wished I had read this book as a 6th grader because there are so many adolescent life lessons that are masterfully described, set-up and solved (I could have used the help). I also really enjoyed the masterful way Orson Scott Card set up his story arcs and all the "games" with-in-games.

    Remember that this book is a child's book. So having expectations that this book will be the greatest sci-fi book ever will most likely leave you disappointed. However if you enjoy a story with depth, plot twists and characters you might run into in real life then you'll fall in love with this book, like I did, and add it to your cycle of books you have to read every so many years.

    Their are some violent scenes and some adolescent name-calling so if you don't want your children exposed to it that is your call. But I don't think the book describes anything your 5th or 6th grade hasn't already heard or seen at school or TV.

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    Jason Dyer, IN, USA 10-03-08
    Jason Dyer, IN, USA 10-03-08
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    "Excellent Audiobook!"

    I can't stress enough how great this audiobook is. The storytelling is absolutely fantastic. The use of a different narrator for each character works very, very well. I'm already moving my way through the rest of the books in the Ender/Bean series and intend to listen to every single one of them; and this book started me off.

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    MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
    10/29/13
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    "UNEXPECTED"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Id thought of getting this book for a while but with the films release I pulled my finger out and started listening...and listening infact I was hooked. Yes its a great story and very well written but the performances are the best Ive ever heard in a audiable book.


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

    The sequel to Forge of God...cant remember the title but this was much better, more human characters and easy to relate to them


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

    Never listened to him before but will keep an eye out for him from now on.


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

    Suprisingly yes, didnt cry as Im hard as nails but the ending!!!...well i wont spoil it for you but actually felt bad the the buggers!


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you dont like sci fi youll like this book....dont think Ill bother with the film as now way can it do this book justice.

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  • R. Hunter
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    7/16/13
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    "Excellent sci-fi"

    Really enjoyed this book. The story is an interesting one, switching between the three wiggin siblings. The main story is that of Andrew, a bullied, shy but brilliant young boy who is sent off to be a soldier at the very young age to learn to fight and destroy a race of bug like aliens. The majority of the book describes his training at battle school and learning a competitive zero gravity game. Other parts of the book tell the story through his teachers eyes as well as his brother and sister who have an interesting part to play. Loved the story. Very well read and the narrator changes to focus on different characters. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darnoc
    Brussels, Belgium
    7/9/13
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    "Yes, but no"

    Ender's Game has a lot going for it as a book, but it is also flawed. It takes the reader (well, at least me) a lot to believe the ages of the children. When you listen to Orson Scott Card's explanation at the end of the book (stay listening, it's worth it), he makes a lot of sense, but it's difficult to accept without some kind of explanation in advance.
    The book should have finished earlier as well - the last chapters were added later and the book would be better without them (although they could have made a good book in their own right).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Welcome to the Enderverse"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I had been thinking of reading this book for a good few years but for some reason or another never got round to it. I finally took the plunge and was kicking myself for not doing it earlier. It is one of the best audio books I have listened to so far and has kick started me reading the whole Ender series.


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

    The hunger games is a similar book as it is all about the interaction of children in war type games. I haven't read too many science fiction books, as always saw them as space battles and weird aliens. I have definitely changed my mind now. The hunger games was 3 books. The Ender Wiggin series is 14 and going strong with a movie on its way.


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

    I loved the readers of the audio book. I believe there were more than two readers as I read the anniversary edition but if not they are very good at doing other characters voices. They got me right into the story and I truly believed they were the characters they were reading for.


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

    Yes, I literally could not put it down... or out of my ears in this case. I think it only took 3 days to get through on the cycle to work.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very glad I gave this book a chance, It has kick started months of listening and reading Orson Scott Card books. All of which I have loved, I am now awaiting his third Pathfinder book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Rubens
    Uk
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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