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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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    KCK 04-19-13
    KCK 04-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good to be a Third"

    I can't add anything that others haven't already said about this excellent story except this...I have over 120 Audible books in my collection and Ender's Game is the only one I have listened to three times!

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    Gurneyape 04-10-13
    Gurneyape 04-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "unusal idea for a book"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book i dont know if i would relisten ... intrested in listing to the sequals


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

    OMG the ending of the battle .... surprise


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he meets Bean , very cool to see things come full circle


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

    when his spirt breaks, the commentary of the adults having to push him but sad that they have to


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    C. Boulet Beauport, Quebec Canada 04-08-13
    C. Boulet Beauport, Quebec Canada 04-08-13 Listener Since 2002
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    "Amazing story and amazing crew of voice actors"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Fun, Amazing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storytelling from Orson Scott Card is really fun to follow, the pace of the story, the little details that makes a difference in a scene, the characters that are true to themself, and the wonderful twist that you cannot see coming.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This vocal performance was great ! I love those vocal artists, they really know how to give life to the characters.


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

    The universe is a small place for the mind of a kid...


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    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 04-07-13
    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 04-07-13
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    "Deffinating a book the sets a high standard"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    fascinating, human, driven


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    The whole Ender's game and Ender's shadow series and side books are an excellent look at humanity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Remember the enemies gate is down.


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

    not sure but would love to see a true solid adaptation is done


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    L H mt 04-06-13
    L H mt 04-06-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Kept me interested in the whole story"

    I like all types of sfy and hadn't read any of this type. With the title I was expecting it to be more like the Hunger Games. I plan on listening to Mr Card's other books.

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    Bryan Eldon, MO, United States 04-04-13
    Bryan Eldon, MO, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story Paved the way for others"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book although while I was reading it I felt I wanted more detail about the universe.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt the ending was a bit of a surprise, but not Earth shaking. Also, the end of the main story seemed to stop abruptly which, as the reader, I was hoping I'd see it continue to a more climatic ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes where Ender was mentally recognising a situation and then building a strategy to be successful. Whether in battle or in social situations.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, much of this book exists in the thoughts of the protagonist so I'm not sure how it would play out in movie form.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good story, but not too deep. Since it came out in the early 90s I feel like it paved the way for other Young Chosen One stories such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and the Halo novels.

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    Mike 04-03-13
    Mike 04-03-13
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    "Great story, great production"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and have. It's a great story, and a great production of the audio version.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, none.


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

    I think the title is the tagline, and the movie is coming in 2014, can't wait.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story, kept me drawn in during the commutes and excited to get back to it at the end of the day. Can't say the same about the next book, but this one was great, would love to find more like it.

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    Jack San Diego, CA, United States 04-02-13
    Jack San Diego, CA, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing book! My favorite of all time!"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    This was already a re-read and I read it twice with the audio version!


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    Unlike any book I have read, if you like space and coming of age stories, this is for you.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, they were excellent however.


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    M. Wood Greenville, TX 04-01-13
    M. Wood Greenville, TX 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow - simply fantastic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print edition


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

    It kept me awake at night - probably the best performance of an audiobook I've ever heard (with all due respect to Jim Dale).


    Any additional comments?

    Simply fantastic. Great story, and great performance.

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    Sally Parap, Australia 04-01-13
    Sally Parap, Australia 04-01-13
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    "Great fun"

    A great tale that hasn't dated at all. I found the end a bit unsatisfying but the journey was fab.

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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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    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.

    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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