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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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    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-02-13
    Richard Overland, KS, United States 08-02-13
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    "THE BEST"
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    There isn't a better sci-fi book out there and I love sci-fi. This is possible my single favorite book.

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    Science Teacher New Jersey 07-24-13
    Science Teacher New Jersey 07-24-13 Member Since 2011

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    Complex and involving. Very good. I don't agree with the calls for a boycott of the movie, because I found nothing objectionable to gay people in the book.

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    Shawn Kansas City, MO, United States 04-11-13
    Shawn Kansas City, MO, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2005

    I've been a member over several years and many listening devices, through long nights of network repair, and long hours of driving.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Unfortunately the artist is an extreme homophobe and it comes out in his writing. It is unfortunate that such good art is wasted on such a horrible human being. I will be purchasing anymore of his material going forward and now regret having contributed to his ability to spread hate and fear. Truly a shame that his talent could not have been in a more tolerant human being. The lessons of his stories on difference are apparently lost on the author and that really taints the product overall.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An excellent performer.


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

    I wished they had been written by a better human being.


    Any additional comments?

    I respect the art but not the artist, truly a shame that he must taint his work with his own intolerance.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer D.C. 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer D.C. 09-07-12

    "Keep Moving Forward"

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    "Performance was excellent...story line was so-so"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    not that high as far as story line content.


    Would you recommend Ender's Game to your friends? Why or why not?

    depends, was slow starting out.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. they were excellent though!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, not great by no means...slow starting out and then just ends.there were a few surprising points, but nothing that took my breath away. Almost gave up about 3 hours into it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul levy 10-11-09
    Paul levy 10-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Addictively brilliant"

    There should be warning on the cover of the Enderverse series stating that once started life will take a backseat until its done.
    Doesn't get better.

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    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-03-09
    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-03-09
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    "Interesting but waaay too long"

    This book feels unbelievably long and seems to take forever to get going. It really isn't until the very end of the book that it picks up a lot of steam and became quite enjoyable. The end is very good but I'll admit you have to suffer through a lot of filler with important bits sprinkled about to appreciate it. Otherwise the significance of the ending would be diminished greatly to skip ahead. Unfortunately it seems almost like Card was rushing to the finish line as the end goes by very quickly in comparison to the drawn out pace of the rest of the story.

    It is very difficult to believe that children of this age, even highly advanced children as these are would speak with each other or to adults in the way they do here. As is the feeling that Ender will ultimately succeed no matter what. It is the same feeling you might get when you watch a James Bond movie; you know he'll live to see the credits and the bad guys will get their due. Both are major hurdles to the overall enjoyability of the story as a whole.

    I also had issue with the female narrator who reads for Valentine (Ender's sister). Her vocal tone was difficult to listen to for long stretches at a time. Most of the rest of the narration was suitable and Card himself plays a role (so he says at the end of the book but doesn't fess up to who he played).

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Biggar Thomas Connecticut 03-30-08
    Biggar Thomas Connecticut 03-30-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Starter Novel"

    My son did not like to read. This is the novel that got him started and 15 years later, he still talks about it.

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    Kathy Goldsboro, NC, USA 02-27-08
    Kathy Goldsboro, NC, USA 02-27-08 Member Since 2011
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    "one of the best sci-fi"

    stumbled across this book years ago and loved it. have introduced several people to it.

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    Josh Taylorsville, UT, USA 01-20-08
    Josh Taylorsville, UT, USA 01-20-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting & engaging"

    This was a fun read.

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    Jeffrey Fayetteville, GA, USA 07-31-06
    Jeffrey Fayetteville, GA, USA 07-31-06
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    "maybe not for kids"

    I purchased this book to listen to on a family trip. Within the first five min. when six year old Ender brutally beats another six year old I had to stop the CD. It was embarrassing in front of the kids. Needless to say we tossed the CDs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    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 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
  • 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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deaglan
    1/29/15
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    "H'o"

    I love how Orson Scott Card plays with power and shows Ender's understanding of what the other characters do and why. Very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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