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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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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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As engaging as any of the Ender stories. Yes!

I've feasted on the full story set of Andrew, and Valentine's history filling lives with shadows of undisclosed dramas brought to light here. Knowing Ender's parents gives him a depth as a real being, a person comming out of human people.
This review of "Ender's Game" helped, with reminding me how legends grow, & change focus a culture grows forgetful of how it was back before later, Thank you SCOTT, thank you.!

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Fab production needs remix

I loved the stories. the talents were fabulous. the production needs work, as the music overwhelms the voices. but otherwise, Great!

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First meetings, last goodbye

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After listening to all the other major "Enderverse" titles, this was my final (until the next comes out). Knowing the rest of the story made this short couple of stories a real treat. With the entire storyline to draw on, Card was able to makes some fun foreshadowing scenes for us to round out some of the side characters. This gives the "Enderverse" a bit more depth and clarity. Just enough that is reminded me how I had missed these characters. A quick jaunt down memory lane without launching into another saga makes these feel appropriately short, but still leaves me wanting more. The original Ender short is included as well to experience what started all of this.

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I adore this series

These audiobooks define for me why this medium is so good. The details and words of the actual printed boom, with the pronunciation and accuracy from proven professionals.

This book, even a short, is just so good at the highlights.

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Get a clue producers

Overall interesting thread in the ender verse, just had to complain about the stupid music they insist on putting in these books, coupled with the horribly mix job making it very hard to hear the dialogue! Enough already!

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Stop with all the music!!!!

Great book, this is a must listen if you've read Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead. My only complaint, dear god, they need to stop playing so much background music! I had to re listen to a couple parts because the music was so distracting!!!! Agh!!

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  • 03-31-15

All the back stories

When you read a book, sometimes you want to know how things came to be. First Meetings is the how it came to be you may be looking for.

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Delightfully Whimsical

There was no need for the short story 'Ender's Game' because by the time you read this you've practically memorised the Book version. Or, like myself, the entire series and the shadow series as well.
Ah well like I said delightfully whimsical!

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Crazy Intrusive music

Most of the performers were pretty good, but several times the words were drowned out by crazy music. I'd recommend buying the text version instead