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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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    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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    Audrey Effingham, IL, USA 03-23-09
    Audrey Effingham, IL, USA 03-23-09
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    "CLASSIC SCIFI AT IT'S BEST!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Stayed up way past bedtime because I couldn't turn it off.
    This is one of the best books I have listened to this year.
    If you haven't read or listened to Ender's Game, do yourself a favor and get it now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Atlanta, GA, USA 02-21-09
    Howard Atlanta, GA, USA 02-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "A great audiobook"

    Enders Game is a classic science fiction book made better by the audio format. The readers do a first-rate job, and the story is so compelling that the story ends much too soon. Fortunately, there are many books in the Enders Game line; I have read them all, and I look forward to listening to the rest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada 01-23-09
    Paul Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada 01-23-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story, very well read."

    Stefan Rudnicki does a wonderful, wonderful job of reading this exceptional book. The story is as good as its awards suggest. This audio recording includes a part, after the reading of the book, in which the author (Orson Scott Card) explains at some length how he wrote and promoted the book, and the difficulties he faced in the effort to bring it to screen. An interesting tale of a writer's integrity. Definitely worth the money, and the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 01-05-09
    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 01-05-09 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best!"

    Ender's Game is one heck of a ride. Brilliantly told and very well narrated. There's not much more to say as to not spoil it. This is definitely an essential must have for any type of reader. You won't regret it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wilfredo Queen Creek, AZ, United States 11-16-08
    Wilfredo Queen Creek, AZ, United States 11-16-08 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved it"

    I gobbled this audio book quickly. I consider this my introduction to Sci-Fi and now I'm searching for more books that will give me such a satisfying experience. Not only was the story totally engaging, but the narration team of this book, especially the lead narrator, made this a joy. Recommended for everyone, not just sci-fi fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald United States 10-25-08
    Gerald United States 10-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic Audio Book"

    Loved the "production" of this book. It was created like a well done stage play and listening to Card discuss it at the end, that was his intent. Highly recommend to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Aledo, TX, United States 09-04-08
    Dee Aledo, TX, United States 09-04-08
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    "A favorite book and a great narration"

    Enders Game is one of my all time favorite books. I was very pleased with the audio version and enjoyed the discussion with the author at the end. Sometimes I've discovered that the audio version of a favorite book just doesn't live up to my memory. But this recording of Ender's Game is very well done; the narration is clear and understandable, inflection of the different characters is distinct without being distracting. Highly recommend

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Caio Rodrigo N Pereira 07-13-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great book very well read"

    I finished this book in 2 days. It such a great book. I'm downloading "Speaker" right now. This is the first science fiction book I read and I'll continue reading the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Houston, TX United States 05-16-08
    Brent Houston, TX United States 05-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book!"

    I'm not really into Sci-Fi, but this was a really great book!

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    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.

    4 of 4 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
  • 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.

    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).

    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


    2 of 2 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 Coleman
    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
  • alexstone
    7/23/15
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    "Loved this"

    I've been meaning to read this series for years. I'm glad I finally got round to starting it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm about to star the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You been Hacked by Neptuno
    7/22/15
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    "Brilliantly Written, Brilliantly Read"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Goes into quite some depth when explaining the thought processes of gifted young children which is really interesting and clever


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

    Its quite addictive, listening to the entire thing in one sitting may be a bit of a challenge


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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