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First Meetings Audiobook

First Meetings: In the Enderverse

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    LD Hay 04-03-17
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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?

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    Zachary 02-13-17
    Zachary 02-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "not worth it"

    What the heck? bately any new content. half of this was just a recap of ender's game, and it's already a short book. wouldn't have got this if i knew what it was.

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    Scott 02-01-17
    Scott 02-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A collection of short stories."

    I enjoyed all the stories and the narrators. I especially liked The Tax Collector; Jane has really grown on me since Speaker for the Dead.

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    Thomas 09-07-16
    Thomas 09-07-16
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    "music too loud"

    I found it enjoyable except for the music. also I am a little confused by the time line.

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    josh sprouse 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great stories bad music"

    These are great stories that make fine additions to the Enderverse. However at the beginning and end of each story there is this overpowering loud vaguely oriental music that drowns out the narrator. Another drawback, the chapter breaks don't match up with the book WTF they don't even match up with the beginning and end of each story

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    jonj 04-16-16
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    the stories were short and left a lot of unanswered question. the original story was a lot better. then the music almost drowned out the voice.

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    Harlee Pratt Pittsburgh, PA 04-03-16
    Harlee Pratt Pittsburgh, PA 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Music over powers the story teller."

    Great story! But the beginnings and endings are drowned out by music that is louder than the story teller.

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    francois 03-27-16
    francois 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    They music they play over some parts of the story is so loud you can't hear anything without straining

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    Kimberly 03-05-16
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    "Distracting Music"

    I enjoyed the short stories very much and the narrators did a great job. However, the schizophrenic music that played at integral parts was so loud and distracting, it made it impossible to focus on the spoken words.

    Reference: ch. 2 @ 1:15:30, ch. 3 @ 2:28:30, ch. 4 @ 3:42:17, ch. 5 @ 5:13:24

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    Pat Webb 02-17-16
    Pat Webb 02-17-16
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    "Great stories, read well, music needs to go."
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Meetings to be better than the print version?

    All except the music. The characters were well portrayed by the actors, but the music was distracting and poorly done. Sometimes it was so loud that you couldn't hear the voices clearly.


    What other book might you compare First Meetings to and why?

    Ender's Game because it gives back story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Get rid of the music and make the transition between the three sections a bit more clear. Perhaps in the introduction a statement that this is three different mini-books.


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