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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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    Dan Montana 11-03-13
    Dan Montana 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, repugnant author"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I've already listened to it twice, will probably listen to it again someday.


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

    Nothing that really sticks in the mind, it was just decent sci-fi. Not sophisticated, fairly imaginative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To quote Dr. River Song: "Spoilers."


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

    When Ender was first taken to the academy, first meeting with Graf (sp?)


    Any additional comments?

    Decent sci-fi, not Asimov quality but definitely a good listen.I think the book has more impact on younger readers than on us old farts.

    The plot is is fairly easy to figure out from about 1/3 of the way through the book, so it plodded a bit knowing what was probably coming. Still fun.

    I enjoyed the book but much of my enjoyment was lost once I found out the author is a raging homophobe. It's like reading a decent book and then finding out the author was a Nazi, it doesn't matter how good the writing is, it still leaves one with a funny feeling in the stomach. Had I known in advance, I would have gotten the book from a library rather than support any author who preaches any form of bigotry or racism.

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    Adam Beecroft, Australia 10-21-13
    Adam Beecroft, Australia 10-21-13
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    "Ended an Original Story"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes - because it is an interesting story from a young persons perspective - 'the adults wont step in to help, they never will' which is like life isnt it, we must press on - perhaps without anyone's help.

    Again an original story with some captivating consepts when considering it was written in 1985, sorry Apple, you didnt invent the tablet computer as much as you like suing others because you think they copied you but perhaps Orson Scott Card, like other Sci fi writters, thought of the concept long before you did.


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

    The Princess of Mars - far better than the movie


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great Narration


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

    you fart eater (try saying that to someone who is angry at you - am guessing they will just start laughing)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 10-18-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Good Story But Misses the Finer Details"

    My favorite piece of any sci-fi/fantasy novel is a great setting. I love when an author is able to build a world and invite you in. Unfortunately for me Ender's Game is a novel that has a fantastic story but never spends enough time building the world around it. Ender's Game is a quick read, and spends little time building the characters around Ender.

    You can sympathize with his character but its hard to relate. There is so many different locations that Ender goes to that it would have been nice to learn more about the other characters that are either helping or using Ender. I would have loved to have spent more time on Earth with his brother and sister.

    All in all I enjoyed Ender's Game and am glad I read it but for me it didn't live up to the hype that surrounds it.

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    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13
    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just alright"
    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to love this book. I have listened to many other young adult books and as nice a the story is, it just didn't grab me. I did like the characters even though I thought the narrator for Ender was a little 'older' sounding than perhaps he should have been.

    Nice enough listen but can't say that I am encouraged enough to continue the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-02-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good, Not Sure It Iives Up To The Hype"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Not really, Not that it isn't a fun listen once, but unless I decide to listen to the rest of the series, probably not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Blah. The end feels rushed. Not like he tried to put too much in a small space but like there isn't enough. There are specific things i wished he had addressed as for the ending and this is my main problem with it which i will explain more on in the Additional Comments.


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

    Ender, honestly. I just liked the way he sounded, idk any other way to explain it.


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

    Seriously? Would 'This Is Not A Game' work?


    Any additional comments?

    So, i know i'm probably going to be crucified for this but, i just didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.

    (SPOILERS) The end was the part that fell apart for me. When Ender beat the last 'game' in Command School and Mazer Rackham said "You you just won the war!" (I'm paraphrasing) IT felt like a cop out to me. BUT hold on! Not the basic idea, more the execution. The idea is interesting and surprising. While it was surprising, it didn't feel as powerful as it should have. I really can't explain it well. To me it was just to 'BLAH'. I.. hmm, i was just to not concerned i guess.

    Then the human war happened after the Bugger threat was gone, cool right?! WRONG we got to see zip of that war, we've had Bean's perspective of things and could have through some of the war, but no, all we got was Ender's rehab. Huh?

    No, i know that the story was originally a Short Story and i am impressed at the way Orson Scott Card turned it into a full on novel. But the end, like I said, it felt rushed and I feel I would have enjoyed the Short Story more than the novel.

    I know, I Know! Crucify, Crucify!!!! But I'm just being honest and feel this doesn't quite live up to the hype

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A United States 08-15-13
    A United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed by profanity"

    Was referred to this book by a family member who loved it. I really liked the story...very creative and very interesting...and I would rate it higher; however, I am very disappointed by the amount of profanity written into this book...especially since it was marketed to young kids and all of the lead characters are kids. Mistakenly thought since the author was a Mormon, it wouldn't have such profanity...not an audiobook I'm comfortable listening to in the car with my kids.

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    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-02-13
    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "THE BEST"
    Any additional comments?

    There isn't a better sci-fi book out there and I love sci-fi. This is possible my single favorite book.

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    Science Teacher New Jersey 07-24-13
    Science Teacher New Jersey 07-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Tom

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    "Very good"

    Complex and involving. Very good. I don't agree with the calls for a boycott of the movie, because I found nothing objectionable to gay people in the book.

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    Shawn Kansas City, MO, United States 04-11-13
    Shawn Kansas City, MO, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2000

    I've been a member over several years and many listening devices, through long nights of network repair, and long hours of driving.

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    "You can't separate the artist from the art...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Unfortunately the artist is an extreme homophobe and it comes out in his writing. It is unfortunate that such good art is wasted on such a horrible human being. I will be purchasing anymore of his material going forward and now regret having contributed to his ability to spread hate and fear. Truly a shame that his talent could not have been in a more tolerant human being. The lessons of his stories on difference are apparently lost on the author and that really taints the product overall.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An excellent performer.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ender's Game?

    I wished they had been written by a better human being.


    Any additional comments?

    I respect the art but not the artist, truly a shame that he must taint his work with his own intolerance.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    The Porter's D.C. 09-07-12
    The Porter's D.C. 09-07-12

    "Keep Moving Forward"

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    "Performance was excellent...story line was so-so"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    not that high as far as story line content.


    Would you recommend Ender's Game to your friends? Why or why not?

    depends, was slow starting out.


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

    no. they were excellent though!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, not great by no means...slow starting out and then just ends.there were a few surprising points, but nothing that took my breath away. Almost gave up about 3 hours into it.

    0 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
    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.

    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
    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
  • L. Evans
    UK
    7/8/14
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    "Great story not sure about narrator."
    What did you like best about Ender's Game? What did you like least?

    I loved the attachment to Ender and following his path. Found it a little confusing at first, the inflection of the narrator didn't help.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Orson Scott Card describes his characters and draws you into their world, so you really want to know what happens. Even though the story is out of our world of course, the writer still takes you with his characters and you really care about them.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

    He read ok, but not great. If he had more inflection in his tone, or changed his voice a little when different people were speaking that would help. But he kept it the same no matter who was speaking and whatever manner or person or situation.


    Was Ender's Game worth the listening time?

    Definitely. Great story. The narrator didn't suit me, but might be fine for others.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    6/8/14
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    "Great story that has a deep, complex under belly"
    What did you like most about Ender's Game?

    It's a great story of how a boy over comes adversity on his own but gains the respect of those around him. You also feel so much for the Ender's character and many battles, real and mental, that he continually and relentlessly has to fight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final battle scene


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book when I was in my 20's and it's still a great story the second time around not that I am in my 40's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alejandro J. Doherty
    5/27/14
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    "This is definitely not just a "Game""
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    "A must read". Despite the cliche 3 words, I thing you should really read the novel because it is very good.


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

    I thought it was similar to "The Fall of Reach", except this one was mrs politically loaded.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    I liked the narrator, he was easy to listen to. But the narrator who played Valentine, I don't know if it was the equipment or she just had a high pitched voice, but it made my ears bleed.


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

    No, I even saw the twist coming at the end...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    3/3/14
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    "My new favorite book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    The inner anguish when he realizes what he has been made to do.


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

    No


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Humans are free, except when humanity needs them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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