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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)

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    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 12-11-12
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    "A Classic, a "must read" for everyone."

    Great story and characters. Will have you crying at the end. Fantastic. As good to listen to as it is to read.

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    Christian Valdosta, GA, United States 12-11-12
    Christian Valdosta, GA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2017
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    "AWESOME!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I love reading, and I read this book earlier in the year but wanted to listen to it with my husband, who would NOT read the book. He doesn't want to sit and read, but we travel a lot and I thought this would be a good introduction to the world of audio books. He is HOOKED! He loved the story, and is ready to listen to more. The print version and audio version are both wonderful. The voice actors did an amazing job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story is great, this is one I will read and listen to multiple times!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The enemy's gate is down, of course!


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    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 12-10-12
    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Never-ending Ender"

    So - Ender has been in our Universe for 20 years. He continues to capture the imagination and heart of his readers with the immensity of his achievements and the tragedy of the price he pays. He will always be that 6 year old boy, the 3rd, born solely for the purpose of being assessed when the 1st and 2nd's didn't come up to scratch. Such a little boy with such a big heart and soul; and mind.

    Indeed, Ender is such a real character that as a reader I can easily overlook the phenomenal mind that created him. Because Ender is only a character, the genius of the book has to be the author, Orson Scott Card, who in the 2 decades since Ender's conception has gone on to create and entire universe, an Enderverse, around him and the people and creatures he comes across.

    In the Enderverse, all understanding and belief about The World has to be suspended - how did OSC manage to make it all so believable and realistic? The great mind is that of the author, but he very skilfully hides himself behind his masterpiece - Andrew/Ender Wiggin.

    Excellent science fiction and fantasy. Can be appreciated by all ages from about 10 years to forever....To never have read about Ender will make your life less complete!

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    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 12-09-12
    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.

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    "Classic Sci Fi"

    I'm not sure I'm qualified to review this book. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would but I still enjoyed it a lot. Perhaps it didn't live up to its expectations for me since I heard so many good things about it before I downloaded it. I liked the premise of the story with a young boy having way more responsibility than someone of his age should ever have and fighting his way through battle school. Our hero (Ender) goes through lots of soul searching and has to make a lot of tough decisions. He always seems to come out on top but being at the top can have some drawbacks.

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    Chase Bessemer, AL, United States 12-07-12
    Chase Bessemer, AL, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my all time favorites!"

    I just discovered Ender's Game this year and it is now one of my all time favorites. I've recommended it to friends and family.

    It's very entertaining and inspiring, especially the portions of the book dealing with leadership and strategy.

    I haven't read the printed portion but I thought the performance on the audio book was great and enhanced the story. Some narrators I've listened to in the past have come across as annoying but I didn't find that to be the case with Ender's Game.

    This one is definitely a classic and I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

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    Jeremy 12-06-12
    Jeremy 12-06-12
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    "Pure classic with no intervention"
    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    I love the fact that the lead is a child and the story does not have a romantic element. The beauty of the story is Ender's genius and innocence, which would be spoiled if that element was added.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ender's ability to overcome any obstacle and naively believe he is doing the right thing by doing what the adults want and yet hating it at the same time. It is a sort of allegory for "pre-teen rebellion"? If that is a thing? He does not like what the adults do but he innocently does as he is told without questioning...up to a point.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance?

    I think the performance comes across as a little monotone and dry, slightly inappropriate especially when Ender has dialogue because he is so young. A higher voice may have worked better. Still, well done.


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

    I would be one step behind the studios in 2013 already, but I would say "Innocence Lost"


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    Stephanie 12-06-12
    Stephanie 12-06-12
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    "Amazing story and narration"
    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    The narration really brought the story to life. I have read the book in print, but never imagined the characters as vividly as when I listened to the audio version. We started out listening as a family, then my husband and I listened ahead when the kids fell asleep in the car. We didn't mind going back to hear it again when they were awake!


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    David Hooksett, NH, United States 12-05-12
    David Hooksett, NH, United States 12-05-12
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    "Great imagination"
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    creative, emotional, thought-provoking


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

    I like the main narrator and how he portrays Ender. Some of the other narrators weren't as strong, but overall a good performance by all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that makes you think about the universe and what else could be out there, as well as how we, as a race, would react to such contact from the inhabitants of other worlds. The way the book is portrayed, through Ender's experiences rather than detailing a lot of sci fi info is well done also, and you really feel his range of emotions.

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    Paul 12-02-12
    Paul 12-02-12

    Philosophy, Science, Econ, Sci Fi, Medicine for now...

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    "wicked awesome"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    I'm not sure it has the replay value, but I'm told Ender's Shadow is a great read and covers some of the same ground.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Demosthenes.


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

    great vocal range, very listenable, good enunciation and the different voices gave some pep and verve to the performance.


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

    yes


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    Bill 12-02-12
    Bill 12-02-12
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    "It ain't real it's just the truth."
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Small things matter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all great!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less childish intonation.


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

    Scared.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't live in Enders time but his pressures feel true to me even now. I identify with Ender and it has made me stronger.

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