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Ender's Game Audiobook

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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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!

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©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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    Kapila Sydney, NSW, Australia 01-29-03
    Kapila Sydney, NSW, Australia 01-29-03
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    "6 titles in the series so far"

    Ender's Game is one of the best sci-fi books written.
    However, I'm mainly writing this review to make others
    aware that there are actually 6 books (so far) in the
    series:

    Ender's Game
    Speaker for the Dead
    Xenocide
    Children of the Mind

    Ender's Shadow
    Shadow of the Hegemon

    The last two books don't actually feature Ender at all -
    they're about the character of Bean and the story of
    what happened on Earth after Ender's Game.

    All 6 books are fantastic. I've bought them all on
    audiobook, but for some reason I can only seem to
    find 4 of these titles using Audible's search engine
    (and "Shadow of the Hegemon" seems to have been
    renamed for some reason?).

    761 of 797 people found this review helpful
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    Wheelman 01-31-03
    Wheelman 01-31-03
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    "Captivating"

    Based on an Audible.com recommendation I looked into obtaining Enders Game. Admittedly I was reluctant to listen to this. Primarily - I enjoy political thrillers, history and biography titles. I did not see a science fiction novel fitting in there. On reading other reviews I decided to give this a try. Was I in for a surprise. This is one of the most entertaining audiobooks I have ever listened to. Hang on, because you are in for a warp speed ride through Andrew Wiggins world. Incredibly entertaining, intellectually challenging, and very mature. Sharp dialogue, great pace, non-stop action. As with most truly great reads (listens??) you do not want it to end. Well, Enders game is part of a trilogy: Enders Shadow and Shadow of the Hedgemon. I just finished Enders Shadow, another excellent audiobook. I have purchased 'Hedgemon' but I need to catch my breath before I start it. Listen to Enders Game you will not regret it.

    313 of 333 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Gibraltar, MI, United States 04-24-08
    Pat Gibraltar, MI, United States 04-24-08

    The more audio books I listen too, the more I wonder why I didn't start sooner. They make the ride to and from work much more tolerable.

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    "Nice Surprise"

    I have to admit, this audio book totally took me by surprise. Except for the Harry Potter books, performed by the incredible Jim Dale, Enders Game is the first audio book that I've listened to that I hadn't first read. All I can say is, WOW. The performance given during this 'reading' comes close to rivaling that of the previously mentioned Mr. Dale, in my humble opinion. It's obviously a very different kind of performance, for a very different kind of book, and that's a good thing.

    As for the story, it's excellent. Recommended by my brother, I read the summery with a great deal of apprehension. A little boy, attending a 'battle school' to become the military commander that would lead Earths space fleets to victory over an alien invasion force? As I write this, it still sounds silly, and perhaps it is. But Card makes it work, and work very well. And extremely entertaining to boot. The plot and character development move along at a good click. So good in fact that I was completely engrossed within the story when plot twists materialized and was genuinely surprised. THAT'S the mark of a well written/performed book.

    Overall, between Card's story telling and an excellent narration, this audio book should be towards the top of everybody's list. And not only science fiction fans, but anybody searching for a great performance of a great book.

    86 of 97 people found this review helpful
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    Cathleen upper darby, PA, United States 02-22-03
    Cathleen upper darby, PA, United States 02-22-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Just the beginning..."

    This book was a strange choice for me,(I didn't know Card, and rarely read Sci Fi) but I was browsing, and chanced upon it. For some unknown reason, it intrigued me, so I tried it.
    It was, then, to my utter astonishment, that Ender, and his story, somehow catapaulted within me to earn a place on my list of all time favorites!(Lit major,former teacher,I've read a bunch).
    The story itself is a good one, but I think that, it is its unraveling, that speaks to one's soul.

    But to experience all the depth and wonder of the series, you must start here. Card himself admits, that he basically wrote this book to set the stage for the next one, which is "Speaker for the Dead"(my favorite...so far)
    I encourage you, even if you don't usually read this type of book to try it.

    Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, waiting for audible to offer "Xenocide",(the sequel to Speaker), and hopelessly addicted to Ender's story, I wandered on to listen to the others in the series. I actually READ "Ender's Shadow", because I didn't want an abridgement (I craved every single word!). I thought that these other books would have little impact on me, since Ender's character is only a peripheral element.

    Was I wrong!
    In the "Shadow" series, like the peeling of an onion, Card reveals layer after layer of the characters he creates in this book, and I found myself caring as much about them as I did about Ender.

    I understand that Card is in the process of writing a book about Ender's mother.(As is probably obvious, I became obsessed with Ender, and had to find out everything I possibly could.) Before I read the "Shadow" series, I thought, "Who would want to read a book about Ender's mother?" Now I know the answer: ME.
    If you start with "Ender's Game",and then go on to the others in the series, I think the answer might also be YOU!

    72 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    A.H. 01-01-03
    A.H. 01-01-03 Member Since 2002

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    "Harry Potter has nothing on Ender Wiggin"

    Don't get me wrong. Although this is a story about a child, it's not written for children. A child might enjoy it, but it is a story about war, violence and politics. It is a classic tale of the weak overcoming extreme adversity.

    Ender faces many trials during his training to become the savior of the world in a futuristic setting. He is a character I could identify with and found myself cheering him on at each challenge.

    An excellent book. I can't wait to listen to the related stories to find out what happens next to Ender and what happened to his friends and family.

    75 of 93 people found this review helpful
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    Auban 05-01-05
    Auban 05-01-05
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    "Love the story, but the reader isn't great"

    This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is one of my "comfort" books - I can pick it up and just read from any point when I want a break from things. So I was really excited to be able to have it on my iPod. The reader of this edition has very odd speech patterns - some sentences become hurried, others drag out. It doesn't seem to make sense in context of what is being said, either. I'm still happy to have it, but I wish they had picked a different reader, or had a better director. Also, the fact that it is an older man with such a deep voice seems incongruent (to me) given how much of the story is 6-12 year-old children talking.

    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon OK, United States 10-22-13
    Sharon OK, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.

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    "Totally Blown Away"

    Wow...all I can say is wow, believe the other reviewers, you need to read this book. This one is as good as it gets for sci-fi, but I think anyone can enjoy it. It is also a great performance, a wonderful listen as well as a great story.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Valentine, Australia 08-24-08
    Philip Valentine, Australia 08-24-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Lord of the Rings for the 21st Century, Part 1?"

    This book is the first part of an astounding series of four books; Ender's game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Although interesting, deep and often fun in itself, Ender's Game serves a greater role of introducing the child Andrew Wiggan, his sister and brother Valentine and Peter, and the concept of another rational (the books use "sentient") Alien Species, known unaffectionately as "The Buggers". Ender is a sensitive but brilliant young boy whose combination of intelligence and desperateness for survival, and extraordinary empathy make him invincible in any setting, physical attack, mind games whatever. And hence set him up to be the potential saviour of the the human race in their war to the death against the Buggers. But this book is really a lot like "The Hobbit" is to "Lord of the Rings", and establishes characters who are in the later books a vehicle for astounding ideas and insights ranging across science fiction, physics, religion, psychology, romance, courage and self sacrifice. With a few small tussles between good and evil thrown in. I feel certain that in 100 yrs after their writing these books will be considered a pinnacle of a style of literary creation. Get listening ...

    34 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    William Eden Prairie, MN, USA 06-28-04
    William Eden Prairie, MN, USA 06-28-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Intelligent and captivating"

    Just prior to reading (listening to) Ender's Game, I had read Dan Brown's titles: The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons. I loved the Dan Brown books, but Ender's Game was even better.

    Ender Wiggen is a character for the ages. His story will live on through time for those who believe that our minds do have tremendous power, but still enjoy the action, suspense, drama and emotion of a good story. If you are reading this review, stop - and start reading Ender's Game. It doesn't get any better.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 07-18-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Enemies Gate is Down"

    This is a classic by Orson Scott Card and is the first book in the Enders series. This was originally written as a standalone book but the author has gone back to expanded the universe. So if you enjoyed this one and would like to see what happens next there are several more books to follow this one. In Ender's Game humanity finds itself at war with space aliens that are basically giant bugs. I found myself forgetting at times how young the "soldiers" were. When Ender starts at the War School he is only 6 years old, but Ender and the other soldiers there are unlike any child you know. They are all genus children being trained to command an Army against hostile bugs. If you haven't read this one yet I would definitely pick this one up. Plus Hollywood is making a movie based on this book and is due out in November of 2013.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Tim
    Mallow, Ireland
    7/13/13
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    "A Classic"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Tough, unapologetic, glorious.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    The meeting between Ender and his sister after he has returned to Earth from the Battle School is a very memorable moment and gives great insight into how the mind of Ender has been shaped and warped by the trials that have been forced upon him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was not a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting but the pacing is very well crafted and it was always exciting.


    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
  • keith
    7/2/16
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    "vere good"

    i really injoyed this book and are looking forward to reading the next book in the sage. but not sure were to start

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom
    5/9/16
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    "Exciting, surprising and definitely worth a listen"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Within the story are ideas that are worth more consideration and are food for thought.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    The realization that Enders was merely a child.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The passages of Enders exploring his notions of fairness and the contradictions of what life was demanding of him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The book left me thinking about the potentials we are exploring in 'reality' now and how authors play a part in seeding ideas for the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/13/16
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    "Masterful in every respect"

    Couldn't stop listening. The book is what it is, you can read reviews of it anywhere else as it spawn innumerable reviews over decades of its existence. I will just say that the definitive edition makes the book read and sound very contemporary.
    As for the audible review, it is technically impeccable, voice performance of all narrators are top notch and the switch between different narrators adds depth and breadth.
    The extra features and author's postscript are welcome bonuses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie C Butcher
    3/31/16
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    "Addictive"

    Brilliant and so cleverly conceived. The characters are likeable and believable. The story line feels frighteningly possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mogster
    London
    3/6/16
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    "Highly recommended"
    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first audiobook that I listened to and I immediately moved onto Speaker of the dead. This is a clever and interesting book which you can imagine having detailed discussions about. It is not surprising that this is an award winning book as is its sequel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender is conflicted which makes his character interesting however most of the characters have depth.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The narrator is good and reads the sequel.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me want to encourage people to read so I could discuss the ideas


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for young teenage boys however I am a far from young and a woman but really enjoyed the writing and the content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne Fox
    2/27/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I struggled to engage with the story and didn't much care about the protagonists. I did notice that despite its age it didn't feel dated at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Verner
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    2/13/16
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    "Never quite sure it will end a you expected."
    What did you like most about Ender's Game?

    The view from the main character was engrossing. You are drawn into his story and want him to succeed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written and little extraneous content.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As described in the author's tail piece it was written for audio performance. I does indeed fit the format well.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Children are the last line of defense against alien invasion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Carruthers
    South Africa
    11/25/15
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    "Simply excellent!"

    One of the best novels I have listened to. superbly written, and very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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