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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)

What Members Say

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    Ian fullerton, CA, United States 10-17-12
    Ian fullerton, CA, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator out of place"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes i love this story i have read it 6 times and now once on audible


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was a weird choice for me since the book is about little kids. He has a very manly voice so when he was talking as the characters it was a little weird for me

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    Nancy 10-14-12
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    "Enjoyable First Listen"

    I am not new to audiobooks, however, I am new to Orson Scott Card and Audible - I found this to be a wonderful first listen. I thought the narration was wonderful and the story was very good as well. A thought-provoking read that is well-paced and keeps you engaged the entire time as you are introduced to Ender.

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    George United States 10-08-12
    George United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A great book."

    Enjoyed the book a lot. Listened to it in almost one sitting. I'd never read it before just recently and heard great things about it, and they were true.

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    Sean 10-08-12
    Sean 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good scifi"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    How the story came together


    What did you like best about this story?

    the military sci-fi aspect


    What aspect of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance would you have changed?

    Dont remember anything bad at all


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

    Neither. It makes you think


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    R.J. 10-08-12
    R.J. 10-08-12
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    "Great performance/wierd book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd only recommend it to sci-fi fanatics--don't know too many of those.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Orson Scott Card needs to clean up his potty mouth. Having a child as a protagonist makes this pretty much a kids' book. Also, I know it's a matter of opinion, but there were a couple of pretty eery parts about Ender's brother and his evil genius being put to use in torturing squirrels, etc. It makes one wonder how the author contrived something like that. Creepy! Likewise, did Card really need to have Ender brutally kill a couple of kids? A little too violent for my taste.


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

    I liked their varying accents and depth of emotion portrayed.


    Was Ender's Game worth the listening time?

    Kinda. I wanted to know why it had received a lot of attention.


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    Jeannie 10-03-12
    Jeannie 10-03-12
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    "Amazing Story"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Ender's Game again. It was a great story. I raced through it the first time that I'd like to go back and listen to it with more attention to certain plot lines.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that while these were brilliant children they were still children. I have a son around the same age as Ender at the beginning of the novel and imagining him in the battle school was scary but intriguing. It certainly brought me into the story very quickly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes when he's besting the others even though he and his squad are the underdogs.


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

    Absolutely! I listen to audiobooks in the car and would find myself lingering in the driveway until I could finish a particular scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! An interesting ending. I think this is great for adults and younger readers. There is mature content with the violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Reed Keller, Texas United States 10-03-12
    J Reed Keller, Texas United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2014

    I have a very solitary job, so I have quite a few hours to listen to books every week. I try to rate this books fairly, as I hate the 1 star or 5 star trend. 5 stars shall be reserved for the best of the best. 3 stars is still a good book to me.

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    "SciFi Classic"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Magnificent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    While a strong book from the start, this book really starts to take off around the midpoint.


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

    All of the characters are fully fleshed, and the performances are magnificent.


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

    Absolutely, I did it in two. One awesome road trip, I hardly noticed the drive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would have done well in any form. The characters are so compelling, they could have carried the story as a fantasy novel, or any other branch of fiction.

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    Jason 10-02-12
    Jason 10-02-12
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    "Outstanding. A classic!"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Ten listen.


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

    Reminds me of Isaac Asimov! Great Sci-Fi that can be relevant to the modern day.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How it relates to modern day sociological and political topics.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best.

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    Ricardo NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-01-12
    Ricardo NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-01-12
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    "While listening bought book for my son"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    The journey Ender takes through the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battles that Ender fights in the battle room and how he masters the skills he needs to run his own army.


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

    Could not wait to get to the next part of the book to see what was going to happen.


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    chris Lisle, IL, United States 09-26-12
    chris Lisle, IL, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "OSC at his best"
    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    Ender's Game is an entertaining 'listen' and an even better read! OSC is an amazing author who truly knows how to pull you in and not let you go!


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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


    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).

    4 of 4 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
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    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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