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Publisher's Summary

Orson Scott Card returns to his best-selling series with a new Ender novel.

At the close of Ender's Game, Andrew Wiggin - called Ender by everyone - is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony.

He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies. With him went his sister Valentine, and the core of the artificial intelligence that would become Jane.

The story of those years has never been told...until now.

The End? Listen to more of Ender's story.
©2008 Orson Scott Card; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Since I wasn't doing anything else with my ears at the time, it was indeed 'time well spent.'

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Card's story is most gripping when Ender outmaneuvers his foes on the journey to the Shakespeare colony. On the other hand, the first act's exposition and the confrontation with the novel's ultimate antagonist failed to hold my interest.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

Several, multiethnic and calm

Was Ender in Exile worth the listening time?

Yes, IF you enjoy the Ender series.

Any additional comments?

The third act is quite dull and predictable in comparison to the rest. The juxtaposition of multiple narratives is distracting and feels gimmicky. Characters appear and disappear purely to advance the plot, rather than being the people from which the plot evolves.

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Not an addition, it's a love novel for teenagers..

What did you like best about Ender in Exile? What did you like least?

1.I like best that I haven't had to read another book in this series like this one...2.I like least the fact that this book actually has a much different and more shallow meaning to this book. Of course this is Orson Scott Card....and he is one of my favorite writers...*tops three* I read a lot. Mostly I believe this was wrote to make up for or capitalize off of the movie. Even the movie itself was off, I believe, even including the fact that having such a young actor make Andrew Wiggens believable is "Impossible". It was just a little too far out of the idea mental genius for me. Most of the book wasn't even about Ender. It wasn't a bad book though. I still liked it for what it was... It just wasn't an Ender's game book imho.

What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I know that it's almost impossible to make the movie exactly like what you wished, however the book series was SO good... It just wasn't necessary to make this book like this. Don't get me wrong I love you, *if you're reading this, know this* I also had a perfect vision in mind for the movie. However, you didn't have to do this to the book series.

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

I would like not to really add to this section.... . . . But if I did I would say that this produced a little different idea on what the voices would be. Maybe a little different idea on the phrasing and also the simple fact that it wasn't my own ideas on how everything would be pronounced or experienced. No real complaints though considering, however, the book made me sad in general just because of the book's subject itself.

Do you think Ender in Exile needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes and no...
Yes,if Mr.Card actually makes a better and more in a line to the original story line. No, if the book is actually not going to be an "addition" to the series....

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A good follow up - but don't expect action

This picks up somewhat after Speaker for the Dead but goes back to serve to tell the story of Ender presumably right after the end of the Formic wars. The book is more about emotion, politics and the evolution of Ender than about battles and child manipulation. It is a richer story and really fleshes out the Ender character a lot more. Really enjoyed it.
Good voice performances throughout as well.

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  • James
  • Beaverton, OR, United States
  • 03-18-14

Great tie in to Speaker of the Dead

Would you listen to Ender in Exile again? Why?

I enjoyed this book.. It has a lot of great material discussing Enders world after the Games..

What did you like best about this story?

It grate tie in to speaker of the dead and the after accounts of Enders Game. It has some moments that were drawn out but really gets into how the characters reconnect and grow.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Well some of the subject was changed to fit the book from Enders Game to this as for the age of Ender on the Colony when he found the Hive queen. Just a few subtle changes..

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

Parts of it did. I found some areas funny and some very interesting..

Any additional comments?

Very worth the time..Must read after Enders Game

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Andrew's journey

Would you listen to Ender in Exile again? Why?

Listening to Ender in Exile was a pure enjoyment as we begin to see Andrew emerge. The things left unsaid until the story requires that the plot was far more complicated than it first appears. What fun to see the back story appear with such clear and final end to such posers as Morgan and Dorabella. Just that one portion would be reason enough to re read this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite overall is Ender but I more than enjoyed Graff's development. To be able to "see" who he has become and being fallible is touching. Andrew's parents in this installment are my favorites. Children beware parents may be more than you realize.;)

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Graff.

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

This book made me both laugh and cry.

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Diabolical and Twisty

Great Sci-fi. Describes the aftermath of "Ender's Game" from Andrew "Ender" Wiggin's perspective. Wrapped in the old story: soldier finishes his duty and goes home...but Ender can't go home, so what does he do? Having read some of the pre/sequels, I can begin to see the author setting up future events that approach Ender's concern with genocide question of "Ender's Game." Additionally, this book seems to resolve some issues with Bean's life. Fascinating and twisty, can't wait for my next download/listen.

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Greate book is Really #2 in the series.

If you could sum up Ender in Exile in three words, what would they be?

In this book is the authors fills in some of the gaps while Ender progresses towards the Speaker for the Dead segment in the series. I have not listened to speaker for the dead yet and am looking forward to it. I had only listened to the first book in the Enders Shadow series and this book threw in a few spoilers for future books in that series. Nothing big but it will take a few of the suppresses out. I am now going back to listen to the rest of the Enders Shadow series before I move on to Speaker for the Dead.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ender really grows up in this book, and so does Graff. There were other stand out characters as well but I don't want to give anything up.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The performance of this book was well done. The diverse cast made it easy to follow the character separation.

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  • Freeman
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 12-26-13

disappointed. i love the ender books, but ...

this was an enjoyable book, but it's like nothing actually happens. i was interested in what happens, but it seemed like 80% of the book was irrelevant and the last 2 chapters were the crux. while i liked the last two chapters as well as the rest of the book, the build up was non-existent and there was little surprise. so it's kind of "meh".

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Excellent book.

Would you listen to Ender in Exile again? Why?

What did you like best about this story?

This book really opens up the character of ender as he matures.

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

The varying narrators made it quite fun to listen to.

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  • Bradford
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 10-17-13

Disappointing story, excellent cast.

Looking ahead to the upcoming movie that has the entire Ender series to use for source material, I thought it would be worth my time to read the immediate sequel to "Ender's Game" and see if I could fill in a few gaps of what I know happened to Ender between that book and "Speaker for the Dead." As a fan of the original books and Card I dove in with enthusiasm. Sadly, the book did not meet expectations. I learned little more of Ender's life than what I'd already gleaned from the original books and common sense. While the e-mail conversations at the beginning of each chapter are interesting, the rest of the book tires under the weight of Card talking at length about what people are thinking, why they are thinking it and what their intentions are as if I couldn't figure it out on my own. It drags the pace of the novel to a staggering crawl. The challenges Ender face in each chapter pale miserably in comparison to the other books, and I found myself bored by the third Act to the point I didn't care much any more. I already knew what would happen next. Stefan Rudnicki remains the king of science fiction audiobooks, and his fellow cast helped shape an uninteresting tale into an audio play that made my time worthwhile. If you're a fan of the Enderverse, by all means dive in. If you're looking for action, stick to the Shadow series. My best suggestion is to skip this one and just re-read the original series again and then enjoy the movie.