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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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    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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Leominster, MA, USA 04-10-04
    Anthony Leominster, MA, USA 04-10-04
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    "One of the best Sci-Fi books I have read"

    The book is a non stop rollercoaster ride through the childhood of a boy that would become the savior of the human race. Many twists and turns brings out what I would consider to be one of the greatest fears that we have deep within each of us. One that rooted in the belief that we could be totally annihilated as a species. Cannot wait to hear the continuations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Parsons Seattle, WA 04-04-04
    D. Parsons Seattle, WA 04-04-04 Member Since 2007

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    "Prequel to Speaker"

    I would have to agree with the reviewers above. I thought "Ender's Game" was my favorite science fiction book ever (and I've read quite a few), until I read "Speaker for the Dead". You must read the first to enjoy the second, but you most definitely will enjoy the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Stephens Gilmer, Tx United States 04-01-04
    Donna Stephens Gilmer, Tx United States 04-01-04 Member Since 2006

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    "Ender's Game April 1, 2004 Gilmer, Texas"

    I am not usually a sci-fi fan, but Ender's game was so engrossing that I have listened to it twice and had to get the sequel "Speaker for the dead". Ender is easy to identify with if you have a streak of determination and don't plan on letting the big guys win. I did find the voice of Valentine irritating at the end, I felt the speech should be more straight-forward and less dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Altringer Rockford, Mn USA 03-31-04
    Paul Altringer Rockford, Mn USA 03-31-04 Member Since 2008

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    "Just a warm up"

    The overall concept of the book is unique, but age of the main character makes many of his feats somewhat unbelievable. I recommend this book only as a good prequel for "Speaker for the Dead" which in my opinion, is very good, original Sci-Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Malvern, N/A, Australia 03-30-04
    Christopher Malvern, N/A, Australia 03-30-04
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    "Susp-ENDER-ed Belief"

    Quite a good audiobook. A well developed plot, always interesting if somewhat linear, and some good twists to jolt the antennae. Well read, except for the irritating and whiney voice of Val.

    The science was lamentable. We are asked to accept the premises of relativistic time compression AND faster-than-light communication in the same book. Please, we are not idiots ! Also, there is the problem of trying to imagine what environmental pressure would lead the aliens to evolve faster-than-light telepathic communication ?? At least it answered a few nagging concerns about 'Starship Troopers'. The author also wisely avoids describing how the humans'weapons of mass destruction operate - they would seem to defy all known laws of time and space, even string theory.

    Science fiction is not supposed to follow good science, I know, but to predict it. Don't get your hopes up about this one, kiddies.

    The other aspect of this book which is impossible to ignore is the unrelenting cruelty to children. To boil the plot down to a few words - if you place children under intense psychological pressure, even mental torture, isolation, deprivation, then you will create genius. The good of humanity depends upon cruelty to the individual. Perhaps this is a bit of a parody of Spock, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the One" It made me wonder what sort of a childhood the author had ?

    At the end of the book, however, I am keen to listen to the rest of the series which, I suppose, is the best sort of recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Granby, CT, USA 03-29-04
    Peter Granby, CT, USA 03-29-04 Member Since 2013
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    "A Must Read"

    This was my first Sci-Fi book in a long time and I was not disappointed. Enders Game is full of compelling characters, has a great story line and is fast paced. I highly recommend it - even to people who do not traditionally go for the Sci-Fi genre. This book earns its high rating.

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    Bruce E. Hawkins DFW, TX 03-27-04
    Bruce E. Hawkins DFW, TX 03-27-04 Member Since 2002

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    "Pretty Good Book"

    It was enjoyable, although the ending lacked punch.

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    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 03-25-04
    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 03-25-04
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    "Best I've Heard in a Long Time"

    What can be said that isn't said? I'm a little upset that the stuff I'd read before hearing this gives away a major plot twist, but that doesn't mean that this wasn't one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I
    've listened too. Interesting use of different voices for different perspectives...except that one female voice (Val) that kept trying to do a deep man's voice. Sounded ridiculous. Well read, overall. Gripping, sad, poignant, all wrapped up with an ending that I really enjoyed. Emotions are very well written; engaging you with the characters and making it impossible not to empathize.

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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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