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Ender's Game Audiobook

Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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Why we think it's Essential - One of our most highly-rated books of all-time, Ender’s Game isn’t just a sci-fi novel for kids. From an early age, Ender must tackle the adult concepts of leadership, independence and self-reliance, abstract thinking, and accountability. It helps that he’s a genetically engineered super-genius, but still, that’s a lot to ask a kid to handle. The multi-cast narration adds layers of texture to the diverse characters throughout. —Chris

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)

What Members Say

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    Karen Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 03-25-13
    Karen Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 03-25-13

    Ravenous reader. Love audio books. Listen when I'm driving, shopping, lying in bed at night, outside on a beautiful day. I'm indifferent about my t.v. But, I'd suffer without my books.

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    "Lots of fun!"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. This is one of those books that I feel I'll pick up more morsels a second time around. Really enjoyed the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bean. Like a mini version of Ender.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    I really liked Stefan's narration, rich voice, good feeling and acting. I didn't like Harlan's narration it reminded me of a bad b movie cop/detective actor.


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

    I just thought it was clever and a lot of fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun read. Classic.

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    Steve 03-24-13
    Steve 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the wait"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book/series has been on my list for a very long time...don't know why it took so long to get to it. I enjoyed this book even though I figured out parts of the "end of the game" long before the title character. However, it wasn't until the final couple of chapters that the whole story came together and parts that I thought were insignificant were actually monumentally important. Great read and one that can be shared and enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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    Dazzlehoff Sydney, Australia 03-22-13
    Dazzlehoff Sydney, Australia 03-22-13
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    "one of the good ones! these narrators are great!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

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

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    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    worked great together, good pace of reading for this story. other narrators should listen and learn, this is how its done.


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

    quick answer, yes. no. no.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie 03-19-13
    Jodie 03-19-13
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great read. Orson Scott Card created an excellent story and a wonderful cast of characters. You don't want it to end. I am looking forward to listening to the other books in this series

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    Heidi 03-16-13
    Heidi 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Book with and Excellent reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of Ender's Game was both better and worse than the print version for me.<br/>It was better because it allowed me to get through the story while doing other things like chores or shopping. However, it does not allow you to change the pace of your reading like you can with a print book. You can't really let the dramatic scenes sink in before the story continues or speed up when your anxious to find out what's next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Ender because he was just really well thought out and portrayed as both an innocent child and a genius at the same time. He was just a really well thought out and layered character that seemed to react to the different situations he was put into in a very real way.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The readers voices really portrayed the characters well and they allowed me to really understand how the characters would sound throughout the story. Additionally, they portrayed the emotions of the characters really well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-15-13
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    "WOW. Why didn't I read this ages ago!"

    This is a phenominal story and performance. It moves along so fast but never feels rushed. I was truely captivated by the story and characters to such a degree that I finished the whole thing in two days then went and bought the second one.

    The performance is also great. There are parts where it shifts characters or perspective and the actors make sure you know the change was made. This is one of the best performances I have heard to date.

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    Cheryl Athens, AL, United States 03-14-13
    Cheryl Athens, AL, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Really enjoyed this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend to a friend. I found the story to be very thought provoking and enjoyable. So unique that the main characters are so young, yet if the author didn't reference the character's ages I would never have guessed them to be younger than 12.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was definitely Ender. He was so complex and at the age he was this completely fascinated me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene had to be when Ender's army battles two armies at once.


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

    Yes, however the narrator changes were sometimes disjointed and caused my interest to drop for a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the narrators speak very lowly and it was harder to understand what they were saying. Overall excellent story and enjoyable listen. Will definitely listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    k 03-12-13
    k 03-12-13

    Finding the next great book to recommend to friends is an obsession I don't feel guilty about.

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    "The Beginning of the Ender's Game Obsession for Me"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Absolutely! Yes! The story feels fresh and new, with characters that I cared about, cheered for, hissed at and wanted to see through to the very end.


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

    I hate to give anything away in a review, but the final game scene was a kind of hold your breath through the entire chapter sensation.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

    It's quite a toss up between Ender and Bean when deciding which character I liked the most. I lean toward Bean because he's the underdog's underdog, the guy behind the star of the show, the additional perspective that helps the listener really know what's going on.


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

    I needed to absorb and rehash some of the story between listens. There's so much action that goes on, and so many characters that I cared about in different ways. I found myself wanting to think about it almost as much as I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not usually one for reading SciFi. But, I couldn't help but compare Ender's Game to current YA fiction like Hunger Games and even Harry Potter. I'm looking forward to reading or listening to more of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linsay ROCKMART, GA, United States 03-11-13
    Linsay ROCKMART, GA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The best audio book I've listened to yet!"
    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    The story and writing were great! The performances were amazing! It's not often that I listen to an audiobook and love the voices but I loved the voices of Stefan Rudnicki and the lady that voiced Valentine. I loved the sound of their voices, the way they said things and the feelings they communicated with their voices. The whole thing was just terrific! I couldn't put it down!


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    Alec NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 03-11-13
    Alec NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Listen Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Great Book! Great Story! Great Listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters were excellent and the story was wonderful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Entire Book was great!


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    NA

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  • V. S.
    6/17/05
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    "You've go to read this!"

    You are unfamiliar with the master that is Orson Scott Card, then you must get this! It may be a science fiction type setting but the story is much more about character development. It's exciting, wonderfully paced and once you start listening you just can't stop - you care so much about Ender.

    The narration is just about flawless, and the use of different narrators adds to the interest and depth.

    After this one - get 'Speaker for the dead' - it's even better than 'Ender's Game', and is probably my favourite book of all time. I cannot praise these two books enough.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/13/09
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    "A fantastic find!"

    This is the first Orson Scott Card book I have read, and I have now booked two more of the 'Ender' series in my Wish List. It was one of the most touching and memorable books I have read, and this from an author, who in my ignorance, I had always characterised as a pulp sci-fi writer. From start to finish the book captivated me with its depiction of a reluctant boy-soldier who is pushed to the limit in the military's pursuit of a worthy commander to save the human race from an imminent alien invasion. This book is introduced as an 'Audible Kids' production but do not be fooled - it is a clever, mature book for children and adults alike.

    It is a science fiction book at its core, but the characters are brought to life by beautiful writing and excellent narration. You will remember Ender Wiggins and his story for a long time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Witney, OXON, United Kingdom
    2/14/06
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    "Great presentation"

    I came to this book having already listened to Enders Shadow, a book written considerably later but occupying some of the same characters and taking place over the same period.

    The book is great, worth the acclaim it rightly garnered. The presentation of the book is also fantastic, well read so you can get a feel for the characters, going quickly enough to not dawdle and remain interesting, whilst slow enough that you never miss the important parts.

    I would highly reccommend it to anyone who enjoys well written, well produced and original Science Fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    6/16/15
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    "Amazing Story!"


    Story – 5/5

    I finally got around to this audiobook, and it was well worth the wait. Having watched and moderately enjoyed the film, I wanted to read the original source, especially as it is heralded as the best Sci-fi book of all time by so many. It didn’t disappoint either, it is certainly the best sci-fi I have read (although I haven’t read many)

    The depth of character and emotion were superb, Orson Scott Card really gets us into Ender’s head. The strategies employed in the battle room and against the buggers were highly entertaining, and extremely detailed and well written, so you are able to picture exactly what is being described. The bits I enjoyed the most was the elements of the story about Ender’s siblings though, and also the inserts between chapters of the battle commanders discussing Ender’s training, which you don’t get in the film. It really helps to understand why these kids are so intelligent and how they are seen by the adults.

    Are there any Negatives? I certainly couldn’t find any. I am looking forward to the next book in the series; even though I know it is completely different.


    Performance – 4.5/5

    Although it has multiple narrators, I can’t say it added much to the story like other full cast productions have. Each were very good in their own right, it just wouldn’t have been any worse if just 1 of them read it.

    The main narrator, I think it may have been Stefan Rudnicki, was especially good, and I will keep an eye out for other audiobooks read by him.


    Overall – 5/5


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aeraphos
    3/11/15
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    "Stick through the first few chapters"

    It took me a while to get into Ender's Game. At first I disliked all of the characters because they were such cruel and boneheaded people. Not just the children but also the adults putting Ender through the training. However, as I read on, some of the characters began to reveal the good aspects of their personalities. This provided the story with a much needed break from the constant bullying and military pressure.

    I really started to like this book once the war games started. I enjoyed the zero-gravity combat scenes because of the well-described strategy involved. I loved the anticipation of finding out if Ender would win or not, and how he would do it. Once I was immersed in the story, the plot did not meander. I was constantly involved in what was going on and the ending took me by surprise in a very satisfying way.

    I have mixed opinions about a couple of the narrators. The narrator who voices Ender's chapters has a great reading voice, but it's too deep to impersonate children accurately. It's easy to forget you are reading about kids when 8 year old Ender sounds like a 30 year old man. Also, the woman who voices Ender's sister's chapters sounded irritatingly melodramatic with every word.

    So after initially doubting my ability to enjoy this book, I pushed through the first few chapters and realized what a great story it was. The writing style was clean and simple, the story was excellent, the narrators did a good job, despite a couple of minor problems.

    Overall, Ender's Game is a great book about children being trained to command sci-fi armies with a side plot of children taking over the world via internet blogs (I don't get that last part either).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Kirkwood
    Congleton, Cheshire
    12/2/13
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    "Sorry I waited this long to read it"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yes, very enjoyable book - will try others in the series next


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human element, focusing on the difference betwen the three children and their interaction with each other and society.


    Did Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    The reading was very believable, especially the adult charaters. Having a six year old child narrated by an adult sometimes makes you lose perspective on the fact that Ender is a child.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A nice twist at the end, not entirely unexpected, but completed the book nicely


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Huw
    BLACKWOOD, United Kingdom
    7/20/13
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    The voice work and characterisation was superb.


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

    For me the most memorable moments were between Ender and Alai.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    Both actors were excellent.


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

    I couldn't stop.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Coleman
    11/28/10
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    "Just fantastic"

    I'm looking for the button to click six stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    UK
    6/27/15
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    "Outstanding"

    I first read Enders Game in my teens many years ago and having watched the movie and felt thoroughly disappointed I decided to revisit the book in audio format.

    The delivery and performance is fantastic - the novel flows. Getting lost in the story is easy unlike a lot of the audiobooks I've listened to.

    It's such an enjoyable listed I've bought extra Audible credits to get Speaker For the Dead (with. the same production team).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Mac
    Scotland
    5/15/15
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    "Engaging story"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story and finished it pretty quickly. Ender is an unusual character that you quickly become invested in and want to know how his story ends.<br/><br/>The multi-actor performance works well - in his postcript at the end the author says he writes from a stageplay background, so the spoken performance suits his work well.<br/><br/>As a tiny note, the main narrator's voice is very deep so I found it difficult to listen to on my phone using the speakers (it got lost too easily in background noise) and needed to use headphones to make it louder. Maybe I'm just getting old!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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