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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Kristen MONTEREY, CA, United States 03-07-12
    Kristen MONTEREY, CA, United States 03-07-12
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    "Superior story about manipulation and leadership"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Keen insight into the experiences of leadership, self-motivation, and the associated drive to be victorious. Many military parallels, including insight into the fine line between leading people and manipulating them. The least believable portion of the story lies in the fact that they key players are of such a young age. Personal experience has shown me that these types of thoughts/ feelings/ ideas are still embryonic in the late teens - even junior military officers miss some of the concepts that author Card attributes to 7 and 8 year old children.

    Frequent action punctuated by cerebral sessions of insight make this a quick listen. The


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

    Not unlike Arthur C. Clark's


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ender (the little guy) finds a way to defeat (an aggressive classmate/ a competing team/ an opposing army), Card's description of the thought processes involved are immensely rewarding and consistent with personal experience.


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

    I would have listened to this book in a single sitting, but I had to settle for piece-meal in between backseat arguments and bathroom breaks for my children on a VERY long roadtrip.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book for junior, midlevel, and senior leaders alike - some good examples of how to (and how NOT to) lead others.

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    Patty FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 03-06-12
    Patty FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2015

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Great Book - Read it and listened to it. Great in both forms- lots of suspense and I didnt want to put it down.


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    Glenn SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Glenn SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Still Great!"

    I have read the book twice and now listened once. Everytime it is still the best. Very enjoyable to listen to, story never gets old.

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    Krista Golden, CO, United States 02-27-12
    Krista Golden, CO, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written, well read."

    Ender's Game has won the Nebula and Hugo awards, and for good reason. This well-written science fiction work is the story of a little boy's choldhood, warped by the social experiments that created him (and his siblings), a battle against an alien force, and his struggle with fulfilling the hope that he is the general who will finally and permanently save Earth. It was captivating and interesting, and I am glad I listened instead of reading...the 20th anniversary edition had a cast of readers that were phenomenal.

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    M United States 02-18-12
    M United States 02-18-12
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    "Standard-Setting Sci-Fi"

    This story is one of the classics and defines what makes good science fiction: engaging, realistic characters, truly alien culture(s), a realistically-developed future society, and a problem that must be solved by humans who must fundamentally question what being human is about. Amazingly, it is also "clean" and safe for younger readers. If you've read it in your adolescence, listen to it again as an adult - there will be layers you've missed, I guarantee.

    The narrators, despite clearly being adults, captured inflection and tone very well for all the children characters, and communicated complex sentences and ideas perfectly. I was never brought out of the story once, and was left wanting to keep listening even after my commute was done - if I could listen during work, I would have.

    If you believe the plot begins to feel predictable, that is when it sets you up for a surprise. There is a coming-of-age but not a typical one, and it should make you reconsider your own arrival at adulthood and what you hold as your core beliefs and priorities. Even today, so many years after first being published, you might find references to Ender Wiggins in the popular culture; it is worth listening to this book to discover why for yourself.

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    Jennifer 02-17-12
    Jennifer 02-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story!"
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    Excellent story, twists and turns, edge of my seat! Loved it! The performance was great. I highly recommend it.

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    elaine United States 02-16-12
    elaine United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Really enjoyed!"

    This book was a stretch from my usual genre but at the suggestion from my boyfriend, I read it.. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the narration was perfect for the story

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    Sherry Centerville, OH, United States 02-14-12
    Sherry Centerville, OH, United States 02-14-12
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    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    The story started a little slow but well worth the wait. Great story and I really enjoyed the reader.


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    CCK 02-12-12
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    "Addictive!"

    I downloaded Ender's Game because I am a fan of Asa Butterfield - when the news of his starring role in this film broke, I decided to check out the book. Lots and lots of positive reviews, from readers and listeners - many saying it was their fave book of all time, so it was a no-brainer to go ahead and get it, and I was sucked in from the "first page".

    Slightly, but not majorly spoilery, so read ahead at your own risk.

    There are a couple of areas where I had to suspend disbelief. Six year old children have remarkably adult thought processes in this tale - that is the one thing that continues to stick in my craw. And for one hundred years in the future,the much of the technology is still very "90s". But, I nitpick, still quite an engaging story.

    I REALLY wish there was more information on the narrators, as there seem to be at least 4, and only two are listed here, or anywhere else out on "the nets" for that matter. I wish I knew which character(s) Ellison read. The female narrator is very good, and I would not have minded at all if she had read the whole thing. I prefer her cadence to Rudnicki's. I don't know if it is by design or by birth, but Stefan Rudnicki often displays a tinge of a sharp NY/Brooklyn accent that I find distracting.

    But still and all, a great piece of story-telling. I will continue on with the series, and look forward to the film.

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    Brent 02-03-12
    Brent 02-03-12

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    "Stands the test of time.. amazing!"

    If you are at all concerned about this book feeling dated dont fret! I had my reservations and let this book sit in my wist list for nearly six months. I just listed through the whole thing in a few days and am pleased to say that it lives up to all the hype.

    I would recommend that any science fiction fans read this book. It is a classic work that speaks to today's audience as loudly as it did back int he 80's. I chose to listen to the audio version of this book and it was performed extremely well. Card suggests that his book is best read aloud and the work put into the twentieth anniversary audio edition proves him right. Ender's Game has quickly become one of my all time favorite works of fiction.

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