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Publisher's Summary

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

"The Polish Boy", a novella written especially for this collection, begins in the years between the first two Bugger Wars when the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. In John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender, they believe they may have found their man. Or boy.

In "Teacher's Pest", also written especially for this collection, a brilliant but insufferably arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now an American university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student named Theresa Brown.

It is many years since the end of the Bugger Wars in "The Investment Counselor". Ender's reputation as a hero and savior has suffered a horrible reversal. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, 20-year-old Ender Wiggin wanders incognito form planet to planet as a fugitive, until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide.

Also here is the original landmark "Ender's Game", which first appeared in 1977.

First Meetings is Orson Scott Card at the height of his considerable powers, featuring his most compelling character.

©2003 Orson Scott Card; (P) 2003, 2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Character, setting, plot: Card does them all right, and makes it look effortless....For newcomers to Ender's universe and long-time fans, this book will hit the spot and whet the appetite for more." (School Library Journal)
"Even those who are intimately familiar with the concepts of the Game from later Ender books will be struck anew by Card's virtuosity. His powerful voice and startlingly clear vision will draw many new readers into a lifelong love of science fiction. This accessible collection will impress even non-sci-fi buffs, besides being a must-have for Ender saga devotees." (Publishers Weekly) "These stories demonstrate the assured scene setting, apparently effortlessly sustained suspense, and moral preoccupation with the responsibilities of kinship and friendship that distinguishes Ender's entire saga." (Booklist)

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The music is highly disruptive.

The music between each set is highly disruptive. Mostly due to it being played over the story.

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Only the intrusive, loud music is a negative.

As always, Orson Scott Card is an excellent story writer. These First Meetings fill in bits of the story that those of us who love the Ender universe really appreciate. The performance was excellent, as well. Fortunately, most of the audio book allows the performers (Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki) to do an excellent job unimpeded.

The only negative in this audio book is the nerve-grating, so-called "music" that intrudes at the ends of the stories. The music was so loud and so grating that I actually had a very hard time hearing the end of the story--something that was incredibly annoying. I like the little wrap-ups, and the intrusive noise was robbing me of that part of the story experience. It must be irritating to anyone who is focused on the story, but it is especially difficult for those of us who cannot separate the noise from the speaking (a learning disability of a sort*), particularly because the noise was louder than the narration. PLEASE, PLEASE remove that terrible racket so I can actually hear and enjoy the end of the story! (*I was forced to go find a written version, so I could actually tell what was being said.)

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Loud music

The bumper music is way too loud. Great story though. Part of it is just an older version of the main story

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they should have omitted the music

This has become one of my favorite Ender's books. Someone thought that it would be good to provide a short music track under the voices at the beginning and end of each short story. This fights with my hearing loss so that it is hard to understand the narrator at those times. Also, Audible's chapter breaks do not occur at the beginning of each short story, which makes it hard to pick one out of the middle. But the excellent performance and well told stories make up for any lack of production quality.

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Kill the music!

GREAT background stories to EG... including the original short. At first I wondered why it was at the end, but it's different enough from the novel that that's where it belongs. Only shortcoming is the ridiculously overbearing intro and ending music. It overwhelms the reading and isn't nearly as fitting as the music in the novels.

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Good but...

I enjoyed the speakers but don't understand why there was music added over at the end of every story. The music was louder than their voice & interrupted the mind set of the story. The story was good but don't understand why they added the the brief overview of Ender in the last segment. Wish it was something new entirely for the fan reader. I think there was a mistake in this last story regarding Ender (Possible spoiler) not remembering Earth bc it clearly states in the past books that he remembers many things about Earth, at least when it came to his siblings. Don't c why he wouldn't rmbr plants, sky, etc.

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not sure what this was all about

this was a hodgepodge of stories it started off with Enders father and then suddenly broke to other things it just didn't have any cohesive manner to it said and then I didn't really like to music because it was too loud and drowned out the narration more than once. I think this was a book to fill in the gaps but they could have explained that at the very beginning. And the presumption is that you have ran into a gap and you need to have it filled. overall not the best experience

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Intro/Outro

The intro and exit music to each story is louder than the narrator. It's an insane thing to do.

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Good reading marred by loud background music

I have listened to most books in this series. The readers are great as always, but the intro and outro music of the stories is a bit loud compared to the reader's voice at times.

Provides some back stories for the Ender universe that will provide new perspective on rereading of the other books of the series. Also it's nice to hear the original short story that would become Ender's Game.

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good stories and narration, bad production

loved the stories but what's with the music so loud you can't hear the narrators?