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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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    Andrew Halifax, NS, Canada 06-23-04
    Andrew Halifax, NS, Canada 06-23-04
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    "Contrarian"

    The book has its moments, but this isn't literature of any stature. Mildly entertaining, in a puerile way.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-09-04
    Pamela Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-09-04
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    "Boring as hell!"

    I got conned into thinking this was good listening due to the reviews. Don't get conned. Listening to this dribble was a waste of time. I even listened to it till the end hoping that it would finish with a bang and come to some meaningful conclusion that would justify the praise it got. No way! I was conned!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 08-31-09
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 08-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "What's all the fuss about"

    It's hard to believe how highly rated this book is. While it's pretty good, it's very repetitive. Here's the whole story: smart kid gets taken away from situation he's comfortable in, gets put into very strenuous situation where he doesn't have friends and ends up excelling. Repeat this 4 or 5 times and you've got the book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    r. 11-04-13
    r. 11-04-13
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    "I wanted to like it"

    I did not care for this. I can see why some people might, but it is just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 11-03-13
    Ellen 11-03-13
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    "Not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys action scifi


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jim Henson bio. Completely different subject


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Teen boys would probably love this book, but I found my mind wandering while I tried to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    After trying to listen for a couple of hours, I have decided that I do not like sci-fi books especially ones written for teen boys! Will probably not finish. I might return it for a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 11-03-13
    Dan 11-03-13
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13
    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13
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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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    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.

    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
  • Hannah
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    3/2/14
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    "Great performance, but deeply misogynistic book!"
    Would you try another book written by Orson Scott Card or narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ?

    I would try another book narrated by Stefan Rudniki and Harlan Ellison, but never Orson Scott Card. I wish I had researched this properly before buying - I was looking for something similar to 'Ready Player One' (which is amazing, by the way).


    What will your next listen be?

    'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and sadness - the deeply misogynistic nature of the writing is very disappointing.


    1 of 1 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
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