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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)

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    MJN Swansea, IL USA 02-25-06
    MJN Swansea, IL USA 02-25-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Sets the highest standard"

    This is without a doubt the best sci-fi audio book I've ever listened to. I've been searching for something to captivate me as Enders' Game has and nothing compares. Truly a work of art!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Frisco, TX, USA 02-22-06
    Michael Frisco, TX, USA 02-22-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book. Great Audio"

    This is a great book. The audio is also great. The readers of this series are very engaging and make the book really come alive. I highly reccomend the entire series. And this is definitely the first book in the series to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monte Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-16-06
    Monte Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-16-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    I think this is the first of the 'Ender Wiggins' library of books. I has to be - it starts with him at 6 years old. Out of all the concepts explored in Ender's Game, this is the most difficult to believe - that a 6 year old has knowledge and understanding at an adult level. However, the story in totally engrossing and makes the book hard to put down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Morn Dania Beach, FL United States 02-15-06
    John Morn Dania Beach, FL United States 02-15-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Overwrought"

    This is one of the funnest books I've ever read. And listening to it reminds me of all I enjoyed during that first read. The evolution of Ender from a bright, innocent 6 year old to a leader of armies is so enthralling that I can't wait to get in my car again.
    However, it is certainly not one of the greatest science fiction books ever. Card is the John Grisham of science fiction. He creates fine young heros and spices things with narrative tension and intriguing details. But the adult dialog is awkward and the ideas get hijacked by psychobabble.
    And this recording is an overwrought melodrama. Part of the reason is the use of a full cast, who act out the parts that Ender is not in. These sections add depth to the story, but come off as either stilted (Colonel Graf and his cohorts) or silly (Valentin).
    When are they going to make the movie?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Villa Rica, GA, USA 01-19-06
    Charles Villa Rica, GA, USA 01-19-06
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    "A Must Read"

    One of the best Science Fiction books on the market today a must read for all Sifi fans. Excellent characters that wrap you up in there lives. Story is engaging all the way through, never a dull moment. Completely love this book

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    Chad Charleston, WV, USA 01-10-06
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    "Great but depressing"

    One of the best Sci-Fi experiences. You must experience it! It is one of the few books that have haunted me for a long time. But I did find it very depressing.

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    Kathy Edwards, CO, United States 01-05-06
    Kathy Edwards, CO, United States 01-05-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't Stop Thinking About it"

    I loved this book. One of the best and fastest reads in a long time. I still can't stop thinking about Ender and his life. Though it's a science fiction book, it's mostly about the life of a special kid and his mental and emotional strength.

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    Pamela 01-04-06
    Pamela 01-04-06
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    "Best in the Series"

    Excellent audiobook. Ender's Game is by far the best book in the 4 book series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Awsome Listen"

    This is one of those books you can listen to over and over.

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    ncrypted 12-30-05
    ncrypted 12-30-05 Member Since 2014
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    "A great adaptation of a great story."

    I had forgotten how compelling the story of Ender Wiggin was. I read the book many moons ago, and loved it. When I saw the Unabriged version of this book, I decided to give it a go.

    I was extremely pleased with the quality of this audiobook. The reders were top notch, and really managed to convey the emotion and pace of the novel. I highly enjoyed the entire production, and would recommend this to anyone that is a hard Sci-Fi fan, a fan of the print book, or someone who is just curious to see what all the fuss surrounding this acclaimed novel is about.

    To fans of the book, the most rewarding part of this audio version is the 5 minute discussion at the end of the presentation by the author where he discusses his original intent behind the novel, and its' sequels.

    Altogether, this is one of the best audiobook presentations I have been lucky enough to come across.

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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


    2 of 2 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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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