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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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    David Mauldin, SC, USA 07-02-05
    David Mauldin, SC, USA 07-02-05
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    "Excellent reading."

    This is a wonderful audio book. The actors really brought the book to life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael USA 06-04-05
    Michael USA 06-04-05
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    "So far so good"

    I started this at the same time I started another long series, so far it is pretty good (but I went back to finish the other series so that one won out). If you are a hard core scifi fan, I think this would be a good choice. For me, I'll wait till I can get through the whole thing before deciding one way or the other.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 12-15-04
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 12-15-04
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    "Awesome book, Great narration"

    This is one of my favorite books of all time and I loved the audible version, the narration was wonderful and I thought it stayed very true to the tone of the book. Definitely recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 12-03-04
    Andrew 12-03-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great"

    Very enjoyable quick listen.

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    M. Akin 11-10-04
    M. Akin 11-10-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Ender kicks butt!"

    This book is a very enjoyable science fiction book. The ending is a little predictable but overall its a very good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc BradfordUnited Kingdom 11-04-04
    Marc BradfordUnited Kingdom 11-04-04
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    "Excellent Book"

    If you're from the UK and can look past aliens being called 'Buggers' then I can't reccomend this book highly enough. It's a well written and well paced. The Narration is excellent which can make all the difference between a good and a bad audiobook.

    It's the best audiobook I've listened to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Apex, NC, United States 10-09-04
    Tom Apex, NC, United States 10-09-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Do I even need to write this?!"

    Almost every review of this book raves about it...and so do I!!!
    This book hits on so may levels: sci-fi, strategy, children, adults, etc... And its a great listen as well.

    I've also read the other 3 books in this series. In my opinion, here is the order that I rank them in (see the other review for the order to read them in).

    1. Ender's Game
    2. Xenocide
    3. Children of the Mind
    4. Speaker for the Dead

    Enjoy them all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri in Maryland Maryland 08-26-04
    Terri in Maryland Maryland 08-26-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Good writing but a bit of a downer"

    I certainly ended up loving the boy "Ender" but felt that the story was a bit depressing. What Ender had to endure goes on too long and his daily life is too detailed. Like another reviewer said, I think if there had been more character development I would have liked it more. It also reminds me of how we often use our children without their consent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abel San Diego , CA, USA 08-02-04
    Abel San Diego , CA, USA 08-02-04
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    "An instant classic!"

    This should be required reading in AP English courses, if Asimov and Bradbury fit in, so does Card! I will re-read and re-listen for your years to come. This goes for the entire series. Card is awesome and the readers are very very good!

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    Jessica Somerville, MA, United States 06-10-04
    Jessica Somerville, MA, United States 06-10-04
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    "Fabulous narration of an excellent book"

    This is a wonderful book. Although it has all the elements of "hard" sci-fi (aliens, space battles and doomsday devices), the plot is almost entirely driven by the challenges faced by the battle school children, their families, and even the adults who manipulate the children.

    Furthermore, the narration is unbelievably good. Several readers are used, but it avoids the "radio play" sound by having all scenes written from each character's point of view read by a certain reader. (Except for the debates that begin each chapter, which are read as a dialogue by two readers.) This gives it nice clarity and continuity.

    I've downloaded about 30 titles from Audible, and this one is my favorite, in part because I love this book, but especially because the narration was so well done.

    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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