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Ender's Game Audiobook

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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    Nimfa United States 03-15-05
    Nimfa United States 03-15-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Captivating Science Fiction"

    I was extremely skeptical of this book going into it. A sci-fi book about a child ... but the author constructs a fictional universe that is just plausible enough to draw you in. Then, he paints vivid pictures while providing a compelling and engrossing plot. The story is key here, and it differs from the books that follow in as they tend to focus more on ideas. But nonetheless, you cannot help but get drawn into the author's world and then thirst for more chapters of this interesting and thought-provoking tale.

    The publisher uses multiple narrators. At first, I found this disconcerting, but ultimately, the different voices add to the story.

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    Aldo New York, NY, USA 03-13-05
    Aldo New York, NY, USA 03-13-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Much of a Good Thing"

    The author's postscript to Ender's Game points out that the novel was originally a much shorter novella which he decided to expand. Big mistake. The book has basically one clever point -- perfect for a novella length treatment, but the treatment Card gives this admittedly clever idea in the book is long, and plodding. Card's postscipt notes that he just decided to have fun and add whatever he wanted to the novella to beef it up. It reads that way -- unplanned and painfully dull. I recommend digging up the novella, wherever that might be, and reading that instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raul Doral, FL, USA 03-11-05
    Raul Doral, FL, USA 03-11-05 Member Since 2005
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    "GREAT"

    Fabuloso. I must read. I like it. Me gusto mucho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Buckley, N/A, United Kingdom 02-22-05
    Robert Buckley, N/A, United Kingdom 02-22-05
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute of this. The type of books i like take you away from 'normal' life (why do i want to read about normal life when i can live it?). This is total escapism. multiple readers kept the pace enjoyable. Would definaltly recommend to any sci-fi buffs out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Jackson, WY, USA 02-16-05
    Adam Jackson, WY, USA 02-16-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Just as good as I remember"

    I read this book ten years ago to the month, I absolutly loved it. What a great lesson on leadership and will power. Listening to it even made it better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micah Holland, OH, USA 02-06-05
    Micah Holland, OH, USA 02-06-05
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    "Ender's Game"

    Excellent book. Believable with a great ending.

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    Daniel FarnboroughUnited Kingdom 02-03-05
    Daniel FarnboroughUnited Kingdom 02-03-05
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    "Excellent"

    If you've ever read the book you'll know what to expect from this recording. My comments are more about the voice production. For the most part these are good, though some of the better voices seen underused. However, the woman who reads the part of Valetine is terrible, she removes all sense of caring from the role. Fortunately in this book this is a minor role, I just hope Audible never use her again as I would have to avoid her.

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    Karen Athens, AL 01-22-05
    Karen Athens, AL 01-22-05 Member Since 2010

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    "Best I have heard so far"

    This book has the best story I have heard thus far. The author has my attention and I will look for his books from now on. The audible version of this story was one of the best performances I have listened to up to now. With an excellent story with the excellent reading made it hard to stop listening and I was always anxious to get back to the story as soon as possible. It is not as predictable as most authors and this helped the excitement even more. I would recommend this and suggest it as a must for anyone that enjoys audible scifi.

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    Geoff Naperville, IL, USA 01-20-05
    Geoff Naperville, IL, USA 01-20-05
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    "Great Book"

    I totally got into this book. This is a great listen from begining to end. I have listened to quite a few audio books, and this is one that I recommend to everyone.

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    Benjamin colchester, VT, USA 01-13-05
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    "Best book I've ever read"

    I fell in love with orson scott card when I read Wyrms. For a long time that was my favorite all-time book... Then I read enders game, pure genius.

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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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


    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
  • 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

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