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Ender's Game Audiobook

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Now a Major Motion Picture. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs? The only way to find out is to throw him into ever-harsher training at Battle School, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. His two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Among the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

This Special 20th Anniversary Edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is now digitally remastered with a full cast production. It also contains an exclusive bonus: an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!

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©1977, 1985, 1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an imprint of Audio Literature

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 1985

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1986

"Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." (The New York Times)

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    Jason 08-20-16
    Jason 08-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Story, Mediocre Performance"

    This is probably one of the best stories I've ever read. It has action, aliens, and so much more! The best part is that it teaches such a valuable lesson. It was truly fantastic for readers/listeners of any age.
    The unfortunate part about this book were the performances. I'm not being sexist but the guys were okay...it was the girl that would read Valentine's parts that drove me nuts! She sounded like an over-dramatic high schooler. However, I will give the cast credit. I started the next book in the series and the narrations are much better.
    Overall, this book is definitely worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 05-15-15
    The Kindler 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ender's Greatest"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read this a number of time over the past 15 years and I think that it is excellent every time. Great narrators and the plot is amazing. It gets you thinking.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 06-17-14
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    "Worth all the hype!"

    STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is an award-winning book and the basis for a blockbuster movie starring Harrison Ford. Earth needs a hero to protect against potential invaders from another planet (the Buggers). Ender is among a group of genius children who leave their families to attend Battle School, where they will be trained to command Earth's fleet and, hopefully, save the human race from extinction. The training is primarily through battle games the children play in a zero gravity room and with battle simulators. Ender immediately stands out as Earth's greatest hope for salvation, and this book is basically about his arduous journey through Battle School.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a unique story that is never dull. The ending is great and will catch you totally by surprise!

    PERFORMANCE - There are three narrators, two male and one female. It's refreshing to have the distinction between characters, but their voices are way too mature to pass as children. IMHO, the performance is good enough, but not great. I've also listened to the four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which I think is perhaps slightly better, but it's a close call.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this story for everyone - adult, children, guys, girls. There's some fights among the children which are semi-violent, but no sex or cursing. This is a series so the ending is left slightly open, but this book can definitely stand on its own.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 10-17-13
    Mike Murphy 10-17-13
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    "Excellent entertainment with an emotional punch"

    I was twenty when I first read “Ender’s Game” back in 1987. I was completely absorbed in it, turning the pages eagerly to know what would happen next and being shocked, even outraged, when I understood the sustained deceit and betrayal on which the book was based.

    Twenty-six years later, I decided to listen to the audio book version. It was a delight. The narrators give it the feel of a radio play without missing a word of the original prose.
    Perhaps because I knew the ending or perhaps because I am older, this time my attention was caught by the sadness of the book. Ender is almost always alone, almost always being pushed into situations where none of his options are good, and always burdened by the knowledge the choices that he takes change who he is. I was also more sympathetic to the adults who do the terrible things that shape Ender’s fate; knowing that they are terrible, necessary and unforgiveable. Ender’s assailed innocence and the compromised integrity of the adults are a lesson it what it means to be “grown up” and why children deserve to have time to be children.

    The book focuses relentlessly on the violence we are willing to commit and the “sins” we are willing to live with in order to survive. It doesn’t glorify these things but it doesn’t diminish them either. It tackles what it means to be different and how often an inability to communicate turns difference into conflict.

    At its heart, “Ender’s Game” tells us that all games are real, all choices matter, everything that creates an enemy has a consequence. What makes the book remarkable is that it tackles all this while doing a good job of seeing the world through the eyes of a (very bright) vulnerable, lonely, child who is equally gifted with empathy and ruthlessness.

    Re-reading the book more than twenty years on adds other points of interest: Card’s imagining of the role of the web, the “desks” the children work on and the concept of war executed by tele-presence are all pleasingly accurate. This time round I was very aware that the ending of the book felt like an add-on to set up “Speaker for the Dead” – which I also read twenty-six years ago.- whereas, on the first read, I saw it as a slightly clumsy effort at redemption. The audio book includes an interview with Card, where he explains that he did indeed rewrite the ending and how that came about. I now find Card’s politics a little thin and unconvincing – too American to be truly global- but I found the way he writes Ender’s sister much more moving than before.

    The movie will be out soon. I don’t have high hopes of it, although I’ll watch it all the same. In my view, the most entertaining and engaging way to experience “Ender’ Game” is to listen to this audio version. I recommend it to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yang TORRANCE, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Yang TORRANCE, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Good balance between sci-fi and thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but with the movie coming out soon and the positive reviews 'Ender's Game" received I decided to give it a try. The plot was fast- paced and exciting, although there were times when the story stepped a little too far into science fiction territory for me (lots of anti- gravity situations that didn't further the plot).
    The writing style is quite cynical and at times very dark, and I definitely think there is some political commentary, or at the very least Card subconsciously projects his cynical views of government into the plot.
    Criticisms aside, I thought the book was very thought provoking, and extremely entertaining. It's definitely worth a read!


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    Dee Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Dee Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Just love this story"

    This story is so captivating. While the narrator for Ender is great, I cannot stand the woman they chose to narrate Valentine. Sounds like the world is ending in every painful word she says.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 07-18-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Enemies Gate is Down"

    This is a classic by Orson Scott Card and is the first book in the Enders series. This was originally written as a standalone book but the author has gone back to expanded the universe. So if you enjoyed this one and would like to see what happens next there are several more books to follow this one. In Ender's Game humanity finds itself at war with space aliens that are basically giant bugs. I found myself forgetting at times how young the "soldiers" were. When Ender starts at the War School he is only 6 years old, but Ender and the other soldiers there are unlike any child you know. They are all genus children being trained to command an Army against hostile bugs. If you haven't read this one yet I would definitely pick this one up. Plus Hollywood is making a movie based on this book and is due out in November of 2013.

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    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 03-29-13
    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The end will astonish you."

    Ender's Game is an audiobook I have been told was always amazing and it did not fall short. The end took myself by a little bit of surprise and the book is one that is best when finished. If you listen or read it without finishing you may not enjoy it, but the author really knows how to put it all together.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 02-04-13
    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I guess it is time to admit (to myself) - I am not"

    the greatest fan of Mr. Card. I have listened to two of his books now and read one a long time ago. I think I find them a bit too 1960s SciFi in that the story is imaginative but a little two dimensional in plot and character. My tastes have moved on to more sophisticated stories, plots, and authors: Patrick Rothfus, George R.R. Martin, Stephen Donaldston (his "Chronicles") and the like. I was not bored and never once thought I wouldn't finish the book - just that while it was good Sci-Fi it is not great literature. I don't mind a good read. For example as a recent read: "The Help" was a great read. I wouldn't class it as great Lit, but it was a wonderful experience.

    Just ignore this review if you also loved "Hunger Games," a book that stretched out a marvelous one-novel story into a weak trilogy. More Rothfus please!

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    James 04-16-10
    James 04-16-10
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    "Excellent Edition"

    I found this to be a very enjoyable and engaging story, read by a team that did a great job. (One of the minor characters is read by Orson Scott Card.)

    I have seen some of the reviews that suggest that the narration detracted from the enjoyment of this audio book. However, on the contrary, I found that the narration team did a wonderful job. It was as if each of the various readers really understood and empathized with their characters.

    Ender's Game is a classic SiFi story that is well worth your time. Card creates characters that you love, and characters that you hate, in a world that is believable.

    You will also enjoy the author's comments following the story.

    I give it two thumbs up.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Tim
    Mallow, Ireland
    7/13/13
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    "A Classic"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Tough, unapologetic, glorious.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game?

    The meeting between Ender and his sister after he has returned to Earth from the Battle School is a very memorable moment and gives great insight into how the mind of Ender has been shaped and warped by the trials that have been forced upon him.


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

    This was not a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting but the pacing is very well crafted and it was always exciting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Sedgefield, South Africa
    2/24/12
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    "Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition |"

    Fantastic, absorbing story. As fascinating today as when it was written 20 years ago. We listened to it on a long car journey 2 adults and a 12 year old and we all loved it. We immediately downloaded the next book in the series. The book challenges one to think about space, armies, children, relationships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garreth
    10/31/17
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    "good, enjoyable story, poor production decisions
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    the book itself was thoroughly enjoyable. a good story that was well thought out for the most part.

    my only complaint with the audiobook is that the narration decisions make no sense. it's my first time coming across a book with multiple narrators. I can't say I ever expected to hear the narrator change throughout the book for the same characters. ender, valentine, Peter, Graff and I think a number of other (less major). characters are voiced by different people (where they're even represented by a male and female narrator). personally I felt it took away hugely from the overall experience.

    one of the reasons I've really enjoyed audiobooks is the effort narrators go to to put on different accents to differentiate characters where there was barely any of that here. all the young boys besides ender speak like a 50 year olds impression of "hip youngsters from the 90s" .

    unfortunately this review comes out mainly negative because I nearly refunded the book due to the narration.

    I would definitely recommend the book however, but I just hope no one ever thinks of producing an audiobook like this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/19/17
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    "Great Book"

    This was an amazing book with one of the best stories I've ever heard, unfortunately I wasn't very impressed by the actor/actress reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Stollery
    Leeds
    10/16/17
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    "Perfect"

    A fantastic story brilliantly produced. The author wrote it to be read aloud and that certainly shows. I head my headphones on for a week because I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike S.
    9/18/17
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    "great story"

    a definite must read for any sci fi fan. I really enjoyed it and found the story quite gripping

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/12/17
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    "the best audio book i have ever listened to!"

    story is deep and meaningful to the characters.
    performances are the best i have heard in an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vytautas Liesis
    Sibsey, UK
    3/28/17
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    "brilliant"

    I liked the audio book a lot. brilliant performance. great story. I would recommend it to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ross Carruthers
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    12/29/16
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    "Loved it, not much replay ability tho"

    Loved it, not much replay ability tho,
    Great story great film,
    Not sure I buy into the key strategy of preemptive striking.
    Some huge holes, but still a great conceit,
    Was on the reading list for cadet officer training in the U.S. Apparently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Manning
    12/21/16
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    "Excellent and much deeper than expected"

    I've never seen the film of this, as I always thought it looked like a naff kids film. That is the same reason I hesitated in listening to the Book, but ultimately after reading many reviews I went for it. It was a decent decision I really enjoyed the book. The Characters were excellent and complicated as with the story arc. I would have liked a bit more depth in the political background within the book, but overall I thought it was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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