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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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    Carl Pitman, NJ, USA 06-07-04
    Carl Pitman, NJ, USA 06-07-04
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    "Absolutely Amazing"

    This is not a science fiction book. It is a book that focuses on people -- will, desire, emotion, motivation -- set against a science-fiction back drop. I think it therefore will appeal to more people that just "science fiction" enthusiasts. If you listened to "The Time Traveler's Wife", you will also love this book, as I did.

    The plot is very linear, as there really isn't too much going on at the same time. I think this is what draws you in, because the focus is really on this excellent, well-developed character "Ender". You really get to know this character. There was a HUGE surprise in this plot -- there's a revelation that I just did NOT expect, but it was acceptable and believable.

    This is simply one of those "books" that, if I weren't listening to it, I felt like something was "missing". If I had the book, I'm certain I wouldn't have been able to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhetoric Cincinnati, USA 05-23-04
    Rhetoric Cincinnati, USA 05-23-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Leadership and Endplay"

    Plucking a youngster from his life as a "third" and placing him into untenable and harrowing simulations and situations is the trial of leadership the IF forces on Ender. The pristine surroundings and insurmountable obstacles are welcome grist for Scott Card's mill. Hail to the hero with a conscience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Eagan, MN, USA 05-21-04
    Rob Eagan, MN, USA 05-21-04
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    "Ender's game and entire series is great!"

    Ender's game is a great story! I can't add much to the reviews already listed but would like o note that Speaker for the Dead is also fabulous (The next in the series) and that is followed by Xenocide and then Children of the Mind. Audible does not currently have Xenocide but I'm sure if enough of us request it, It just might happen. If you haven't yet read Ender's game I suggest you do and once you do and fall in love with the clever plot and interesting characters I'm sure you'll want to continue the series as much as I do! Happy listening make sure to request Xenocide and Children of the Mind

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew West Bend, WI, USA 05-11-04
    Matthew West Bend, WI, USA 05-11-04 Member Since 2015
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    "One Word..."

    A must "listen," even if you aren't a sci-fi buff. Orson Scott Card really draws you in to feel every emotion of the main character, Ender, on his rollercoaster ride to save the planet. Filled with plenty of action and unknown plot twists dying to be revealed, this book made me not want to press the stop button on my i-paq until the story was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-07-04
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    "Outstanding"

    One of the best SF novels in recent history. A compelling and original story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Salem, OH, USA 05-06-04
    Dan Salem, OH, USA 05-06-04
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    "exellent story"

    Loved it!

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    Michael Wichita, KS, USA 04-26-04
    Michael Wichita, KS, USA 04-26-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible Book!"

    If you're a Sci-Fi fan, Ender's game is a must read. The only thing keeping me from immediately listening to this book again is my desire to listen to the next book in the Ender series.

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    James New York, NY, USA 04-23-04
    James New York, NY, USA 04-23-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Story!!!"

    After my second time listening to the story, I'm still in love with the characters and story. It's a fresh story that gets better as the story goes on. Buy this book or audio version(of which I can heartily recommend). Enjoy. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen White Plains, NY, USA 04-15-04
    Stephen White Plains, NY, USA 04-15-04
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    "Great story"

    I would recommend this book. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Ender, they throw on an extra helping. However, he keeps getting up, and getting even...for good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ernest Lexington, KY, USA 04-12-04
    Ernest Lexington, KY, USA 04-12-04
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    "Moving"

    Wow! did I ever enjoy this book. I just could not stop as I was kept on edge wanting to know what would happen to Ender next. Although he is a super kid, he is also an underdog whom the author successfully puts you next to. Suprise ending was awesome and really got me emotionally for poor Ender. A must get for Sci Fi lovers. A must get for drama and suspense lovers. And for everyone one else, just get, you'll love it!. I am getting the next one, Speaker of the dead.

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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 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    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).

    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
  • 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 Coleman
    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
  • alexstone
    7/23/15
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    "Loved this"

    I've been meaning to read this series for years. I'm glad I finally got round to starting it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm about to star the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You been Hacked by Neptuno
    7/22/15
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    "Brilliantly Written, Brilliantly Read"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Goes into quite some depth when explaining the thought processes of gifted young children which is really interesting and clever


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

    Its quite addictive, listening to the entire thing in one sitting may be a bit of a challenge


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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