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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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Shadow spoilers. The best produced Ender book.

Be warned not to read this book before the first four Shadow books, it continues some storylines from those books, and therefore has major spoilers. It can certainly be read before or after the Speaker books. I very much enjoyed this interim story in the Ender saga, and recommend it. It would be nice if this producer would clean up and update the other audiobooks in this series. (Well, Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow were fine, but Speaker for the Dead and Shadow of the Hegemon were poorly produced, unfortunately.)

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  • Jack
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 04-30-13

Read it out of order

Where does Ender in Exile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great book in the Ender series. Should be read between Ender's game and the Speaker for the dead.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Excellent team throughout the Ender series.

Any additional comments?

READ THIS SECOND IN THE ENDER SERIES.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book. The performance was great, and the story was excellent. I can't really say I liked it any more or less than Ender's Game.

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  • Wesley
  • New Britain, CT, United States
  • 09-17-12

Filling in a piece of Ender's history.

This was an enjoyable reminiscence into the Ender Wiggins story. This book fills in the details immediately after Ender ended the Bugger War.

Although written years after the original Ender's Game and even Speaker for the Dead, etc. the rest in the series, this book is a nice fit. I'm happy that the author chose to revisit this part of Ender's life. It wasn't just an author looking to rehash an old hero, you can tell that Orson Scott Card put a lot of thought into this work and I for one thank him for it.

I would easily recommend this book to anyone, provided they read Ender's Game first. (with 'read' in both the present and past tense - sorry for the pun, I couldn't resist.)

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Good idea book, lacking in action

Last week I was browsing through Audible.com for a new book and saw that Orson Scott Card had released a new book last week that tells the story of the first Formic War (Earth Unaware). It is getting fairly mixed reviews right now. But I will probably still get around to reading it soon.

That led me to looking around to see if there were others Orson Scott Card books that I have not read. I found Ender in Exile in my library. By description I did not remember reading it. I remembered it within minutes of starting it. But it was good so I re-read (re-listened?) to it.

Again many people did not like it. And I get some of the point. It is a bit disjointed. There are really three or four different short stories that are tied together here. There is a main theme. But that theme is really about what makes life important. If you have read Card before you will know that what makes life important for him is children.

So throughout this book are children that are sacrificed for. Children that are beneath the thumbs of their parents. Children that are lied to and manipulated into believing that those that raise them are their parents. And the adults that have chosen all of humanity to be surrogate children instead of having their own.

Space travel and the relativistic speeds of flying faster than light creates all kinds of issues for humanity and the individuals that must leave family behind forever if they are going to fly into space is an interesting concept. And Card milks it well.

My impression is that this is one of the books where Card’s Mormon faith is strongly influencing the philosophy and ideas behind the book. But I just do not know enough about Mormon faith to be sure.

Card is clearly conservative in outlook. His very pro-family. Supportive of the military. Interested in institutions (but wary of them). Understanding of human weakness (and sin, although he does not use that word).

So because I like idea books, I really like this book. But if you like action books, skip this one. If you like the Shadow Series but didn’t like any of the books in the Ender series after Ender’s Game, skip this one. But if you enjoy the ideas in Cards book you will probably like this one (even though it feels like a collection of short stories.)

Card has a note at the end of this book where he admits that there are discontinuities between this book and Ender’s Game and some of the other books. After all Ender’s Game was originally a short story that was expanded into a full novel. And now there are well over a dozen books in the series.

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  • Kristin
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 07-29-12

Book written to fix his mistakes.

Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

Yes, he likes to leave story lines hanging so I want to find out what happens.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The female performers have a drawn-out airy quality to their voices, often annoying. The performer who reads Ender's parts has a mechanical voice, but still my favorite of all.

Any additional comments?

Orson Scott Card churns out book after book. This one was written to cover up what he had messed up in the story line. He mentions in his interview he does not re-read his material to make sure the story line makes sense. He will however, have you pay another $25 or so to get the picture straight. Not cool.

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  • Jason
  • lincoln, NE, United States
  • 07-20-12

Good filler for the series but its no enders game

Would you recommend Ender in Exile to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the Ender series. It Could still be a good story for someone else but you would be missing so much back story that I think the full impact of the book would be kinda lost.

Any additional comments?

Over all I did like this book, and for Ender fans its def a 4 star book. Though I think that a non Ender fan or someone that hasn't read atleast Ender's Game might rate it lower.

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  • Jordan
  • United States
  • 06-05-12

Ender in Exile is perfect

What did you love best about Ender in Exile?

The story and the characters were true to Ender's Game. I love to read anything in the Enderverse and Card does an excellent job in this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Just like all the rest, the conflicts and interactions between characters are phenomenal.

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

The narration was superb.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ender can't be matched.

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Dissapointing

I felt like this was written just to "fill in" and tie up loose ends, too many threads of story, not enough single main plot/conflict. I was disappointed.

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Ender is outstanding and fully engages your mind

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

Fantastic, Fun, Engaging

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender in Exile?

I love all the areas where the reader can get into Ender's mind and how he plays situations and outwits others.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Clear voice with proper amount of excitement and enthusiasm

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

Yes, yes, yes,........ Never wanted to stop when I got to work or home. I listened to this book during my daily commute to work. Couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen.