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Ender's Game Audiobook
Ender's Game
Written by: 
Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: 
Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
Ender's Game Audiobook

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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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!

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©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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    julius Wolfsburg, Germany 06-13-12
    julius Wolfsburg, Germany 06-13-12

    Audio book nut!

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    "The narration and performance can't be beat!"

    After the book was recommended to me by a friend, I was hesitant at first but experiencing this book in audio form is a must! The narration by Stefan Rudnicki is captivating and immersive beyond imagination. I found myself lost in the story from page one; not being able to stop, listening long into the night, hooked on every word. This book was what I expected and so much more! It is so much more than just a sci-fi novel, it a triumphant story of hardship and overcoming life’s gruelling obstacles.
    Gender’s Game isn’t just for hard sci-fi nuts; it’s for everybody! Everybody who is looking for a captivating and exciting story is up for a fantastic journey.

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    Julia 06-04-12
    Julia 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Really cute and fun"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend. It would have to be someone who reads/listens to a lot of books, because this wouldn't be my first recommendation for someone, but for anyone who is looking for something light it is not a bad way to spend some time.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: a bunch of kids having to be adult really fast (due to war and violence), but still negotiating being kids. Least interesting: maybe because it was written some time ago, but the characters were kind of stale and predictable.


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    John Algonquin, IL, United States 06-01-12
    John Algonquin, IL, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Any fool can know something the point is to understand!

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    "Well Done and Enjoyable"

    I thought the story was engaging and the presentation excellent. Do not know how I missed this one on my SciFi list and would tell anyone that enjoys the genera to add this one as soon as they can. Authors notes and experiences were also excellent in this 20th anniversary edition and look forward to the film production.

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    B. Moreland 06-01-12
    B. Moreland 06-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! This is a must listen!"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes, though this is one of my favorite books the performance by the two speakers blew me away. You'll be hooked after just 30 seconds.


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

    I would compare this book to Old Man's War. They both take people who would seemingly be useless in a real war and have them fight on humanity's behalf against an alien threat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I wouldn't want to ruin it for you.


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

    I finished this audio book in a 24 hour period...so yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madam meow 05-31-12
    Madam meow 05-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this, though I read this after a couple epic fantasy series and I think this could have been longer. I wasn't so impressed that I want to go on to the next book immediately, but probably eventually.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of the book was the sibling relationships. I found it very curious that the parents were so dispensable to the children, I suppose that makes sense since the children were geniuses and wouldn't depend on parents as much.


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

    I havent heard these narrators before, they're tolerable.


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

    I was good with several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it more while reading it than I do thinking about it. I think if the short books were combined, it might be more satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gea 05-28-12
    Gea 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this story and this audiobook. The narration was great and the story was fantastic. I did not want to stop listening. Ender's voyage from small, frightened boy to potential savior of humanity is absolutely addictive and fascinating. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Danehy deHart 05-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I love love love this book"

    I think I said it all in the headline. I seriously love this book, I enjoy the characters, and the story.

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    FredZ Mount Hutton, Australia 05-27-12
    FredZ Mount Hutton, Australia 05-27-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Most enjoyable!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit skeptical about this book, not being a huge sci-fi fan, but as my first audible book it got me hooked on the whole audible experience. Well worth my first credit. It's nice (but rare) to be pleasnatly surprised!

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    Diana 05-25-12
    Diana 05-25-12
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    "I forgot that I could like books this much"

    Admittedly, the story is completely unrealistic, but I just didn't care. The most disappointing moment was when the book finished.

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    Danny concord, NC, USA 05-25-12
    Danny concord, NC, USA 05-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "One of my all time favorites"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Galactic war games


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andrew Wiggin. Its his game and I was happy just watching from the stands


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed when Ender puts Bernard in his place with some help from "God"


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

    Checkmate!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks. Outstanding story and enjoyable performance. I listen to this a couple times a year.

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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.

    19 of 21 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.

    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


    2 of 2 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
  • 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
    UK
    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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