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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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    Alastair Binnie 10-08-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Serious literature it's not"

    Don't be fooled by the other reviews claiming this is serious literature; this is lightweight and formulaic stuff. Still, it rolls along quite nicely and it's a fine drive-time listen. However, grown-ups who were reminded by Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" how much they liked Sci-Fi as a teenager should look elsewhere.

    5 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Br|hlGermany 06-14-04
    Tim Br|hlGermany 06-14-04
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    "Repugnant glorification of dehumanization"

    I "read" two Audible books every month and this is the first one that I have really regretted buying. I seriously resent the fact that I have contributed money to a work which, although very well written, I find morally and ethically repugnant and an insult to human values. In essence, Ender's Game is a glorification of the systematic duhamanization of children and their conversion into soulless military machines. It is like taking the training methods portrayed in Stanley Kubrik's "Full Metal Jacket" and applying them to six-year-olds. The author's occasional appeals to more positive emotions are patently nothing more than tokens -- Orson Scott Card is clearly in love with the macho fascist aesthetics of military reality, and this is compounded by the (excellent) reader, who becomes audibly aroused during particularly brutal passages.

    It is also interesting to note that much of the style and approach of the plot appear to have been drawn from violent computer games. If this is the case then Ender's Game is an excellent argument for the dehumanizing effect of these games.

    In his militaristic fervor Card is reminiscent of Robert Heinlein at his worst and most jingoistic, but Card's computer world has none of the depth and vision that more than mitigated those sides of Heinlein's character. Card might be able to produce something like Starship Troopers, at least in basic outline, but I doubt if he could even understand insights of a book like Stranger in a Strange Land, let alone produce something of an equal calibre himself.

    This is a truly unpleasant book in almost every way and I am very sorry that I bought it.

    5 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Gandon Jannine Orry la Ville, France France 06-13-04
    Gandon Jannine Orry la Ville, France France 06-13-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent * * * * *"

    Le meilleur livre ?cout? ? ce jour.
    L'intrigue est saisissante. Le personnage d'Ender est tr?s attachant et ses aventures passionnantes
    Le rendu audio est tr?s bon ce qui est vital pour les non-anglophones.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Columbia, SC, USA 03-25-04
    Michael Columbia, SC, USA 03-25-04
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    "Boy was I fooled"

    I don't usually read sci-fi and maybe this is why if this is supposed to be one of the best of all time. It was boring and more than contrived. I never really cared about any of the characters and couldn't stand listening to the voice of Val, Ender's sister, with it's constant mournful droning and sounds of lament. If she sighed one more time I would have puked.

    The surprise was that you were at the end and didn't even know it but it came none too soon.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D. L. WA, USA 04-20-08
    D. L. WA, USA 04-20-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Too much hype"

    This is a perfect example of a book that was way over hyped. I liked the book, but remember this is a childrens book. There was no action and no violence. There was no real science fiction. The author could have made it more believable if the character of Ender was older. Mankind will never have a child command armies into battle. I could have rated it 3 stars, but I wanted to offset the 5 star rating other listens have gave it. This book was ok thats it.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Winnetka, IL, USA 04-23-07
    Michael Winnetka, IL, USA 04-23-07
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    "Only for the brain-dead"

    Silly, simpy, what a waste of my time and money!!!!!!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bellingham, WA, USA 07-30-05
    Michael Bellingham, WA, USA 07-30-05
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    "Enders Die Die Die"

    Those who see depth in this are soul mates of George Bush, i.e., the book was written for functionally illiterate adolescents. It was one of the worst books I have ever read in terms of plot, character development, fictional conceit...and just plain writing. It was monochromatic, monosyllabic, monomaniacal, pretentious, grandiose, overly long and just plain stupid. Wiggins should have died in the first two pages. Everything after that was anticlimactic.

    4 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Mapleton, UT, United States 02-05-05
    Nicole Mapleton, UT, United States 02-05-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Not Impressed"

    I was very sad to see this book so highly rated and find out that it is very crude and full of swear words. Maybe it's a guy book, but being a big sci-fi fan I thought I would really enjoy it. I did not!
    It was hard to follow as well. Maybe others will have better luck with it.

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    Deborah Parker, CO USA 03-15-04
    Deborah Parker, CO USA 03-15-04 Member Since 2003
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    "BORING>>>>>>>"

    Based on the high rating given by others I decided to try this title. As a big fan of science fiction, I expected this to be good but boy, was I wrong! Boring, Boring, Boring!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Falcon, CO, USA 01-11-04
    Andrew Falcon, CO, USA 01-11-04
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    "Yawn"

    Totally lame. This is one book that I couldn't even finish even though it was read to me. Don't waste your time.

    2 of 14 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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • martin
    7/25/14
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    "Harry Potter in space"

    I really enjoyed this book, and i got hooked into it very quickly. While i enjoyed the middle part and build up to the climax alot, the ending was a little weak. It tries to build up to the next book in the series, Speaker of the dead. But i feel from the ending in book 1 that the theme and content will be quite different.

    While i could enjoy the partly supernatural strategic powers of Ender in the book, towards the end it got a little out of hand with all of his friends sharing in the 10-12 year old awesomeness vs. adults, and i thought some of it as rather outright silly. Over the top is the correct term i presume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Evans
    UK
    7/8/14
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    "Great story not sure about narrator."
    What did you like best about Ender's Game? What did you like least?

    I loved the attachment to Ender and following his path. Found it a little confusing at first, the inflection of the narrator didn't help.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Orson Scott Card describes his characters and draws you into their world, so you really want to know what happens. Even though the story is out of our world of course, the writer still takes you with his characters and you really care about them.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

    He read ok, but not great. If he had more inflection in his tone, or changed his voice a little when different people were speaking that would help. But he kept it the same no matter who was speaking and whatever manner or person or situation.


    Was Ender's Game worth the listening time?

    Definitely. Great story. The narrator didn't suit me, but might be fine for others.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    6/8/14
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    "Great story that has a deep, complex under belly"
    What did you like most about Ender's Game?

    It's a great story of how a boy over comes adversity on his own but gains the respect of those around him. You also feel so much for the Ender's character and many battles, real and mental, that he continually and relentlessly has to fight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final battle scene


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book when I was in my 20's and it's still a great story the second time around not that I am in my 40's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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