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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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    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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    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 07-12-08
    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 07-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the greatest books of the 20th Cen."

    Orson Scott Card is firmly one of the 10 greatest Sci-FI authors that has ever lived and everyone of the Ender series books are just masterpieces worth being read and in this case listened too repeatedly.

    If you are looking for a great audio books to listen too this should be in your top 15 for Sci-Fi. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Ender's universe you have my sympathies for your loss and jealously as you get to experience it unfold for the first time. ENJOY!!!!

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen McLeod New York, NY USA 07-05-08
    Stephen McLeod New York, NY USA 07-05-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Unlikely Masterpiece"

    This audiobook grabbed me right away. I understand why this book is famous. It reminded me of Dune, because it has a similar theme, but this book is slimmer and tighter, the author more disciplined.

    Others may disagree, but I think this book appeals more to boys than to girls, because of the constant themes of battle, and because all but one of the main characters are boys.

    The narration is generally excellent. Most of the story is told from the title character, Ender's point of view. But some parts are from other characters' POV, and these parts have their own narrators. A few scenes were acted out. We could have been spared this these bits, but there aren't that many.

    Stefan Rudnicki, who narrated Ender's story was the best. As the story takes us into the mind of this very special little boy, Mr. Rudnicki makes us hear his voice. So I'm glad most of it is read by him. The others are ok, including a woman who narrates from a female character's POV.

    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 2005
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    "Great book!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Williamsville, NY, United States 11-22-07
    Michael Williamsville, NY, United States 11-22-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Everything sci-fi should be"

    I'm three quarters through this book, and I'm enthralled. It is everything a sci-fi novel should be: intense, intelligent, and above all, human. The main characters are wonderfully developed, particluarly Ender, whose internal conflict is one of the main themes of the story.

    The audio presentation is excellent, with different narrators presenting different sections, depending on which character's point of view is predominant. I generally don't like dramatizations, and there is some dramatic license taken in some of the narration, but I think it works in this case. Very well read by all the narrators.

    I am about to buy all the books in this series. If they are 1/10th as good as this one, it's money well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Vancouver, WA, USA 10-16-07
    Russell Vancouver, WA, USA 10-16-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Card's Masterpiece"

    Card's story of a boy who saves the earth is a must for all youth. This reading of the story was well performed and produced. The use of mulitple readers was an added bonus to provide a wider variety of voices to the presentation. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandria Albuquerque, NM, USA 10-08-07
    Alexandria Albuquerque, NM, USA 10-08-07
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    "Great story, fine audio"

    This really is a GREAT story. It attracted me to sci-fi in the first place. I loved listening to this also, but i kinda wish that they had a kid read it (at least the parts of the kids). It was harder in the audio version to understand everything from the kids point of view when it's a much older man reading the part. Also, it's harder to fully grasp and understand the more technical parts in the story than when I was reading it.

    Overall, I recommend that you actually read this first, but if you are not able to, the audio will do fine. I REALLY enjoyed this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Johnston Altadena, CA 10-05-07
    Michelle Johnston Altadena, CA 10-05-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding! Outstanding! Outstanding!"

    Very well written and the readers were fabulous. I became so captivated by the story of Ender, that I wanted more when the book was over. Fortunately there are three other books in the series. The next book, Speaker for the Dead was good, but not as good as this one. It took so long for Ender to reappear, that I kept thinking, "where's Ender!" I can't say enough about how fun this book was to read!

    1 of 1 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
    BLACKWOOD, United Kingdom
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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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