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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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    L&B 07-07-03
    L&B 07-07-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Story"

    Good story with very good narration. The only shortcoming was the lack of full development of the subplot.

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    Liz San Francisco, CA, USA 07-01-03
    Liz San Francisco, CA, USA 07-01-03 Member Since 2012
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    "A guy book"

    I generally like sci-fi, and this book was entertaining enough that I enjoyed my listen. However, I found the story in-credible and the concept wholly exploitative of the child characters. I think this book satisfies a adolescent male fantasy for beneficient power and dominance. The thought of saving all of humanity without realizing what you are doing did nothing for me. The fact that Ender, as he matured, attempted to amend any wrongs he may have committed was commendable and made him a somewhat sympathetic character. I am surprized to see so many raving reviews of this book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    P. Blackham 06-29-03
    P. Blackham 06-29-03
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    "A very special treat"

    Ender's Game was such a special treat. Many novels are fun but ultimately forgettable. This belongs to that small category of novels that you will always remember and think about. If you haven't listened to this yet... do it now. It should be the very next novel you listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Chesapeake, VA, USA 06-26-03
    John Chesapeake, VA, USA 06-26-03
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    "Ender's Game(Unabridged)"

    Storytelling and characterization are really excellent. The story is absorbing. I listen to audiobooks on my way to and from work and just wanted to sit in the car and listen some more when I arrived. The only down side, I found, were two of the narrators. One of the females was consistently overdramatic, sad and wistful, despite the content, and I found this distracting. The other was the voice of Peter, a voice which seemed to old and gruff for him.

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    James Crofton, MA, United States 06-23-03
    James Crofton, MA, United States 06-23-03
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    "A very unique story"

    The story of Andrew Wiggins, Ender in the series, is a facinating story filled with very unique characters, from the boys who would save the universe to the Swarm Queen, who drives Ender to restore her lost civilization. The story has an exciting quality of combat, but with an extremely high ethical presence in the main characters. I look forward to completing the next books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly East Lyme, CT, USA 06-13-03
    Holly East Lyme, CT, USA 06-13-03
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    "Better than all the Rest"

    Even if you don't enjoy Sci Fi, this story will make you a fan of Orson Scott Card for life. Listening to this book was even better than reading it for the 8th time!!! My only wish is that everyone in the world could hear this story once and they would find themselves wanting more.

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    Melody New Haven, CT, USA 05-04-03
    Melody New Haven, CT, USA 05-04-03
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    "Great audiobook for SF fans..."

    Well read audiobook! I also listened to some of Card's other audiobooks here on Audible and recommend you follow through the Ender trilogy, each book was a worthy listening experience.

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    Betty Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 05-01-03
    Betty Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 05-01-03
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    "Ender's Game"

    I picked up this book because a friend of mine, a professor at UCLA, told me it was her favorite book as a teen. Look at the copyright; it was written in the '70s. She is an extremely bright and well read individual and I was curious as to what had intrigued her. I could not put Ender's Game down. When I did, my son who is 11 and who had been listening to my comments as I read it, picked it up and read it nonstop for 2 days. He is a good reader, but when he prefers finishing a book to a computer game, I know he is hooked!

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    Steven Banning, CA, USA 05-01-03
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    "A fantastic book."

    Wow.... I was not expecting something this great... I don't read a whole lot of sci-fi, but if more sci-fi books were written this way I would. One of the best books I have read or (heard) all year... simply amazing.

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    Mark Bolgiano Takoma Park, MD 04-29-03
    Mark Bolgiano Takoma Park, MD 04-29-03 Member Since 2001

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    "EXCELLENT! Universal appeal"

    A great story - different from other sci-fi, gripping, thought-provoking. After I finished listening to it, my 7 and 12 year old boys enjoyed listening at bedtime every night. Because of all the dinnertime conversations about the story and characters, my wife, who doesn't like digital audio, went out and bought the book and is almost finished with it.

    The boys and I have also enjoyed two of the sequels: Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon. Even if you don't usually read sci-fi, try this one.

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