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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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A Masterful Book

Probably the best sci-fiction "story" I have ever read and would love to read again. I am not saying Ender's Game is the best sci-fi book ever but it has to be my FAVORITE sci-fi STORY.

I wished I had read this book as a 6th grader because there are so many adolescent life lessons that are masterfully described, set-up and solved (I could have used the help). I also really enjoyed the masterful way Orson Scott Card set up his story arcs and all the "games" with-in-games.

Remember that this book is a child's book. So having expectations that this book will be the greatest sci-fi book ever will most likely leave you disappointed. However if you enjoy a story with depth, plot twists and characters you might run into in real life then you'll fall in love with this book, like I did, and add it to your cycle of books you have to read every so many years.

Their are some violent scenes and some adolescent name-calling so if you don't want your children exposed to it that is your call. But I don't think the book describes anything your 5th or 6th grade hasn't already heard or seen at school or TV.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Great Read!

I loved listening to this book. It not only did a great job of transporting me into the future, it also had wonderful character development and made me care. I strongly recommend this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unlikely Masterpiece

This audiobook grabbed me right away. I understand why this book is famous. It reminded me of Dune, because it has a similar theme, but this book is slimmer and tighter, the author more disciplined.

Others may disagree, but I think this book appeals more to boys than to girls, because of the constant themes of battle, and because all but one of the main characters are boys.

The narration is generally excellent. Most of the story is told from the title character, Ender's point of view. But some parts are from other characters' POV, and these parts have their own narrators. A few scenes were acted out. We could have been spared this these bits, but there aren't that many.

Stefan Rudnicki, who narrated Ender's story was the best. As the story takes us into the mind of this very special little boy, Mr. Rudnicki makes us hear his voice. So I'm glad most of it is read by him. The others are ok, including a woman who narrates from a female character's POV.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Hector
  • Cranbury, NJ, USA
  • 01-08-06

read the awards

It is my goal in life to read (or listen) to avery book that has been awarded a Nebula or Hugo award. They have never let me down, but I was doubtful about the Ender Saga; I mean, how much can you add to the basic premise of a boy in training? A lot! Like many other Nebula and Hugo award winers, the power of this book is in the detailed world in which Card immerses his readers. A rich and detailed book, Enders Game, can, and will transport almost everyone in to a new and gritty world that is a joy to observe though the eyes of a child. The readers do an excellent job at bringing out the overall mood of the novel. I particularly enjoyed the bits with Harlan Ellison, who is a great reader. Another great listen. I give it five stars.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike D
  • Franklin, TN
  • 11-12-05

Great Story - Poor Narration

Having both read and listened to this book I can't help but feel that the narration doesn't live up to the storytelling. At the risk of being harsh, the tone of the narration very much sounds like a monotone computer impersonating James Earl Jones. Also, as has been noted, the ending of the book (and much of the substance for first-time readers) is somewhat spoiled by Audible.com's review of the book.

That said, while I don't consider this to be the greatest sci-fi story every told, Ender's Game is a captivating journey in a fantastical and futuristic world seen through the eyes of the genius child bred to save it. Card does an admirable job constructing a political and social backdrop consistant enough with contemporary climate to be believable, yet still imaginative enough to support the futuristic elements, such as inter-glactic space travel, that substanciate the storyline. His attention to the subtle details of the children's jargon and personalities help round out the immersive experience for the reader (or listener).

I particularly enjoyed the length at which the battle school facilities were described, as well as Ender's thoughts and rationale for his actions as he experienced each new step in his progression through the school. As a result I developed a genuine connection to his character and felt a sense of realism with every new experience.

My lone critique of the story would focus on the political advancement of Peter and Valentine on Earth. I didn't find it to be a particularly compelling sub-plot, and the development did little to add to the main storyline. I realize that a break from the action in space was necessary but don't feel that it was done so in a very captivating way.

Ultimately, I found listening to this book to be a very enjoyable experience - despite what I consider to be poor narration. I look foward to listening to more books in the "Ender Wiggin Saga" and would urge audible listener's to give this book a chance.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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One of the most entertaining audio books ever !!!

This book captivated me and held my mind hostage even when I wasn't able to listen. I'm a long time audio book listner and this book is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I say experiencing because this book is just that, an experience. Even though this book falls firmly in the science fiction genre It will without a doubt have mass appeal to anyone who loves a good story. So intelligently written with a charm that is rarely seen in literature today combined with great reading talents makes for a true gem of a book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Guaranteed to be a classic

After finishing the book, I discovered that there are sequels to Ender's Game, and subsequently purged everything out of my wish list to make room for them. I don't typically read many science fiction titles, but this was one of the best books I have ever read, and am hungry for more. You are not supposed to use derrogatory language in reviews, but I will say it anyway. You would be an idiot not to read this book. It's that good!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I agree

This was the first time I'd read this author, and can only agree with the other reviews. I thought it was a fantastic book - loved the story, the narration was excellent, and I couldn't wait to get to my next listening opportunity.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chad
  • Ogden, UT, USA
  • 10-10-04

Ender's Game

I read Enders Game 18 years ago and loved it! Our whole family are Orson Scott Card fans and read most of his books(Historical fiction is also his specialty.) He's a facinating and brilliant writer. The audio versions here are wonderful!
Just to clarify...Enders Game has four books in it's series:
Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.

Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hedgemon, Shadow Puppets and a fourth book pending, are a brilliant "Mirror" series following the same events in the first four books but from the point of view of the other characters in Ender's Game. Brilliant! They are totally new stories with new characters and insight. Get them all!
Enjoy!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Larson
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 08-29-04

Wondeful production of a truly great book!

Ender's Game shows up in the top 3 best ever science fiction books of everyone I have ever known (that had such a list). No other book holds that honor. So I say it's the best written yet.

Now that was the book. I expected to just hear someone read the book and that would have been cool, BUT there are several people on this audiobook. They don't turn it into a play, but there is a natural flow and interesting other voices are used to draw you in deeper than if you were reading it.

The epilog and the interview with orson Scott Card can't be found anywhere else.

This production is a cut above most other audiobooks, a must have!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca Rubens
  • 05-28-13

Surprisingly good

Admittedly I wasn't sure I'd like this but I did. I enjoyed the audio version for all the usual reasons including the freedom it gives to get on with other things. I'd say the downside was trying to visualise the complexity of fight scenes, of which there are many. Other than that the story was awesome and very engaging, loved the twist. You're in for a treat.

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  • Ssebuliba
  • 04-13-13

Ender's game

I have read Ender's game more times than I have read any other book except maybe Isaac asimov's spectacular Foundation series. The chance at listening to a dramatized version of the book was just irresistible and I must say, I have not been disappointed. Reminds me of childhood's end by Arthur c. Clarke.

I recommend this audio book.

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  • Stuart
  • 04-13-13

Just brilliant

My first foray into audiobooks and this was a great place to start. Orson Scott Card's novel itself is a fantastic journey through some exciting and horrifying adventures, and the voicing really helped convey the atmosphere and the characters. Well worth the investment and I'd recommend this to anyone with a sci-fi bent.

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  • Michelle Moore
  • 04-09-13

SF Classic

I'm not a huge SF fan, but certain books capture my imagination, and this is one of them. The story of a young boy, who goes through complex training, whilst also growing up, going on to lead an army against a threat to our world.

I loved the writing in this one, again it's a story well told, and I will most probably listen again.

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  • Ben
  • 04-07-13

Excellent Sc-Fi

A friend recommended that I read 'Ender's Game' and I am glad they did and in particular that I chose to listen to this audiobook version. The narration is unlike any other I've heard. The main narrator isn't just reading the book it is something of a performance and has variation in tone and feeling. The use of different people for different characters makes it more of a performance piece too. The book is a classic of Sci-Fi and has garnered well deserved rewards. I really got into it about a third of the way through not being sure what it was going to be like before that so I recommend sticking with it for the great ideas in the book. The author's afterword is brilliant too. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-13

This should be compulsory reading

While this is a splendid piece of science fiction writing, it is so much more. The story of humanity against aliens is one of the timeless themes. Inevitably we must triumph. However, the way in which we win is a tale of ruthless manipulation. It asks one of the biggest philosophical questions in whether the end ever justifies the means and whether the needs of the one must always be subsumed the needs of the many. It is a truly marvellous piece of writing.

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  • Tepidsparrow
  • 12-23-12

Just wow

Loved the book, but the audiobook takes it to another level, the production is fantastic and really sets the mood. :) enjoy

Mike

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  • karen
  • 12-23-12

Enders Game

Very interesting book. Great for a long car ride , the the kids were so engrossed they didn't want a comfort stop.

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  • Gustav
  • 06-17-12

First awesome book in a FANTASTIC series

I picked up this book with great recommendations but low expectations. Children fighting in space? Sounds lame. It is not. It is wonderful. It borrows some of the 'super-human genius' people angle from Dune, and to great effect. The characters are believable despite their excellence, and both lovable and hatable in the right times.

You need to give this first book a chance as, if you like it, there are a few more where that came from waiting!

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  • Craig
  • 05-31-12

Immensely enjoyable

What a great book. It might be a few decades old now but it stands the test of time admirably.