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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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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 10-20-13
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 10-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not My Cup of Tea"

    Why this book is so highly praised is beyond me. Supposedly one of the best science fiction books ever? Really?

    As I write this review the movie based on this novel is due out soon. I can actually envision it being a decent movie, but to me it was a boring read. I struggled to get through it. The characters were interesting enough, but the story was hard to follow and lacked continuity. The battle simulation scenes, of which there were many, were tedious and boring.

    The narrator was decent enough but even he could not bring life to this book for me.

    I admit I am not a huge SciFi fan, but to rate this as one of the best makes me wonder what I must have missed.

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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 10-08-13
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A decent sci-fi story--but a bit overrated"

    I enjoyed the story well enough, but If found the endless detailed descriptions of the tactics employed in the game room a bit tedious. The subplot involving Ender's brother and sister is also pretty weak. Overall, it was OK, but I don't really understand the fusss that's been made over the book.

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    Aaron 10-02-13
    Aaron 10-02-13
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    "Ender's Game"

    “The Book of Mormon is the most important book in my life. I remember it as one of the earliest things I read...I've read it many, many times.
    “A few years ago, I was called upon by the Brethren to rewrite the Hill Cumorah Pageant. They told me to ignore the existing script, and instead to go back to the Book of Mormon and find a way to shape a clear and coherent story that would present the book's most important themes for an audience of nonmembers. I've been exploring, analyzing, dramatizing this book for a long time.
    “So, it seemed to me only natural that I should write my Homecoming series -- The Memory of Earth, The Call of Earth, The Ships of Earth. These books are really just another dramatization of the Book of Mormon, only transformed into a science fictional setting, where by fictionalizing it I have the freedom to explore questions of character and society in a way that I couldn't in a more direct adaptation.
    “Elements of the Book of Mormon have shown up in many of my other works....”
    -Orson Scott Card

    So, what do Mormon’s Believe?

    Most Mormons believe they can become “like” God.
    Some have gone so far as to say they can govern their own universe, and speculate as to whether GOD started off in this way also. This has caused confusion, and much debate from both sides, but the problem becomes more complicated with the added Mormon belief that Jesus was a person like us (and not God) and may have married and had children. Although Mormons claim to be Christian, this is contradictory to what most Christian churches teach, and is considered heresy.

    Most Orthodox Christians believe:
    1.Jesus was God before His physical manifestation on earth,
    2.He was God as He walked as a man on earth, and
    3.He continues to be God, and always will be God—both co-existent with, and at the right hand of, the Father in heaven.
    4.No one is like God (1 Chronicles 17:20)


    A well-known statement that helps define a core belief of Mormonism called “eternal progression”, can be summarized by this well-known statement:

    "As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become."
    If repeated a few times, the meaning becomes clearer. Although, this sounds innocent enough, it is actually considered a heresy to most Bible-based Christian denominations.

    "...the great universe of stars has multiplied beyond the comprehension of men. Evidently each of these great systems is governed by divine law; with divine presiding Gods, for it would be unreasonable to assume that each was not so governed."
    - Mormon founder Joseph Smith



    While such stories make for interesting science fiction, they certainly do not have a place in either the Bible or true Christianity. So, with my heart thus prepared, I entered into the reading of Ender’s Game. (It was the same state I entered into reading Steelheart By Brandon Sanders. And, it is the same state that I would enter the reading of any book by a devout follower of any other religion aside from Christianity.)

    Since it’s release in 1985, Ender’s Game has been accumulating Accolades, and not without reason.
    "Ender's Game is the story of Ender Wiggins, who is recruited at a very young age for his highly unique traits,and is thusly trained by the Best of the Best, for one purpose only: to save the world from utter destruction. Through a series of personal failures, and personal growth, we see ender become the man, err boy, that he needs to become.

    The story is intriguing, and the language doesn't often get in the way of the life of the story. Although it was difficult to imagine a ten-year-old “super-kid” being the main character, it was satisfactorily explained in the end. The conclusion of the main conflict was also concluded neatly, and without ever making itself too apparent (nice surprise).


    As far as the audio content is concerned, it was top-notch. Sometimes too many narrators can ruin a good thing, but in this case it was completely professional. It was a thoroughly enjoyable production.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 08-09-13

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "If only I had known"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ?

    Orson Scott Card NO. Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison YES


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    NO! Unfortunately, I did not realize what a sexist bigot Orson Scott card is when I bought the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No. Excellent job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    For good or bad, in our country, money is power so I try not to help make stupid people rich, famous and powerful. There are enough other great authors I can give my money to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 04-12-13
    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Children's book"
    What disappointed you about Ender's Game?

    This is a coming-of-age children's book masked as sci-fi


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    Everything. I was so mad at myself for getting sucked into this series that I wasted 3 credits and did not ask for them back, so I would never make a Orson Scott Card mistake again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was OK


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ender's Game?

    None, if you like children's books


    Any additional comments?

    They should have labeled this "Teenage Coming-of-age"
    And for the ones that rave about this series, you lead a very thin life.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua N. Mitchell Denver, CO USA 01-11-10
    Joshua N. Mitchell Denver, CO USA 01-11-10 Member Since 2004
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    "A favorite, almost ruined by lousy narration"

    This is an excellent book and this is the only Audible edition available. If you have to have it as an audiobook, this is your option.

    However, as others have pointed out, the female reader, Gabrielle de Cuir, all but sobs her way through any section that involves Ender's sister Valentine. Worse, she's all over most of Card's other books as well. Be forewarned.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth ridgewood, NY, USA 12-14-09
    Elizabeth ridgewood, NY, USA 12-14-09
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    "Great book iffy narration"

    I love this story and was really looking forward to hearing it as an audiobook, but the female narrator's intonation, the way her pitch drooped for the last word of EVERY sentence just ruined it for me. Wish Audible would post her name so I could avoid her work in the future.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zergling For Hire San Jose, CA USA 08-29-09
    Zergling For Hire San Jose, CA USA 08-29-09
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    "Excellent book, subpar narrator"

    Sadly, the narrator gives everyone who talks a brooklyn accent. His nearly monotonous tone of voice also makes it difficult to follow rapid verbal exchanges between different characters in the book.

    Awesome book, subpar narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Novel"

    Ender's Game was a fantastic story, well written and captivating. However the narration made it almost challenging to finish. At parts i wanted to cringe due to the voice I was listening to.
    All in all a decent audio book

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 03-13-08
    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 03-13-08
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    "Great Book and narration"

    The book is great. I had read it before listening to it and I knew I wanted a download. I was pleased to find the wide range of voices used for feeling and variety.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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