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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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    Kathy 02-13-11
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    "Very intriguing."

    I listening to this book on my son's recommendation. He said it was one of his favorite books. I loved it!

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    Ken 02-03-11
    Ken 02-03-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Spectacular!!!!!!"

    This book is likely my all-time favorite book I have ever read. It was first read to me as a child, and since then I have read it a good dozen times. This audio version was not a disappointment at all. I liked the narration, and the story itself still gives me goose bumps each time I listen. A terrific story for all ages, though there is a bit of violence and language, but noting as bad as a PG-13 rated movie. I can’t rave enough over this book, so I shall leave it at that, totally worth the credit!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RKR Georgia 01-30-11
    RKR Georgia 01-30-11 Member Since 2017
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    "The IT YA novel before Harry Potter"

    Unfortunately, I came to Orson Scott Card as a young man in my twenties. I wish Ender had been given to me as a 7th grader. So, as a 7th grade teacher, I began teaching this novel to my gifted class.

    First, a note on narration. The chapters begin with a "cast" of speakers, but once the reader begins, the only complaint I have is there was a slight sarcastic tone to his voice. At times the reader used very little emotion. That said, the narration is not bad at all, it just takes some getting used to.

    Ender is a complex CHILD, and I stress the word child because it is so easy to forget that you are reading about a pre-pubescent boy. His brother and sister, Peter and Valentine, are also very well characterized with plenty of "literary" stuff that you can deconstruct about each of them. At first the adults come across as manipulative, but some of them redeem themselves through the book. The plot is well paced, enjoyable on a surface level, but what makes the plot so good is that a reader can dig DEEP into implications regarding the Buggers and interstellar war. So the book becomes less about a boy becoming soldier and more about a government using children for its own purposes. Likewise, the poignancy of the ending could be lost on younger readers.

    This is a book that needs to be introduced at a young age and then read again as an adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 01-30-11
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book!"

    Well, what can I say that hasn't been said? If you can get over 6 year olds who talk like they're 30 this is a really great book. It's narrarated very well, but more importantly, it's written in a way that lends itself to being read aloud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Richard 01-30-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome story"

    Just from looking at the title the book did not seem interesting at all. I promised my students that I would read the book and share my discovery with them. First, I read numerous reviews and became discouraged. One reader mentioned something about sexual abuse and naked boys. I don't know what he was reading, all I know is that it wasn't Ender's Game. There is one scene in the book where a Ender was taking a shower after war games. His team had won the games where the odds were against him. Ender and his team had to battle to military teams at once. While he was in the shower a boy who led another team comes in to fight him. Ender beats the boy and leaves him bleeding on the floor in the shower. The only part I didn't like is how the children were taken from their parents as toddlers. The military wanted to see if they would be intelligent enough to fight against the Buggers. If they were rejected, they were returned to their parents to live a normal life. If they were considered a genius, they were sent to military school to be trained to fight in the war against the Buggers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mason auckland, New Zealand 01-27-11
    Mason auckland, New Zealand 01-27-11
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    "Great but dark"

    This was a fantastic story. Really well read by a few different narrators.
    The man who was acting out most of the kids didn't speak a lot like kid which I found hard.
    Loved it but quite a dark story line.

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    Donald GRAFTON, IL, United States 01-25-11
    Donald GRAFTON, IL, United States 01-25-11
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    "Long overdue...."

    I must admit, listening to this book was long overdue. Somehow, though the years, I have put off reading, or in this case listening to, this book. It is a masterpiece. I wholeheartedly recommend this to any and all. Even though it is a sci-fi piece, it will be enjoyed by readers of all types. It interlaces the age old comming of age story with aspects which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this work is that most of it occures in the mind of Ender; the hero of the story. Don't put it off as I did...read it now.

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    James North Hollywood, CA, United States 01-22-11
    James North Hollywood, CA, United States 01-22-11
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    "I’m assuming you get and love this book"

    Now the question is what order to read the books in. The author, Orson Scott Card recommends reading in the same order he wrote them in.

    The Ender books:
    Ender's Game
    Speaker for the Dead, by far my favorite and could be read and enjoyed without reading any of the others – these next three books happen two thousand of years after all Ender and all the Bean books.
    Xenocide
    Children of the Mind


    The Bean series
    Ender's Shadow
    Shadow of the Hegemon
    Shadow Puppets
    Shadow of the Giant

    A War of Gifts – not part of Ender or Bean series story line. Christmas in Battle school where one of the children solders gives presents. If you loved the dynamics of battle school in Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow this is a good read.

    Ender in Exile – Takes place within the latter part of Ender’s Game to fill in between xxx and xxx, I don’t want to toss in a spoiler. It also encompasses all 4 Bean Shadow books.

    First Meetings: In the Enderverse – 4 short stories including the original short story Ender’s list, a couple back stories on his Parents and one more short about black mail.

    If you wanted to read by time line start with Ender’s Game then the 4 Bean Shadow books. Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide & Children of the Mind could be last. It is worth noting that they are very different form the other books; Battle School is vague memory, grown up ender is no longer the child hero.

    All the books have excellent production and are well read by a full cast.

    One more thing about Ender’s Game; the first time I listened I thought that the book was really over and the author was just filling in time for the last hour. Boy was I wrong and I ruined it for my self. It was only after I started Speaker for the Dead did I realize what Card did at the end.

    I do not believe the series is finished. Hopefully there will be another book that takes place after Children of the Mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Winifred Eugene, OR 01-17-11
    Winifred Eugene, OR 01-17-11
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    "Loved it"

    Another reviewer was offended by the nudity in this book. Umm...what? There was mention of nudity but nothing even remotely sexual or offensive or even worth mentioning. I read this story when I was a teenager and loved it then. I have to agree with OSC that listening to it was even better. Do yourself a favor. If you haven't read any of this author's books, start with this one. It's worth the credit.

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    Boscomac 01-15-11
    Boscomac 01-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating!"

    I was thoroughly engaged in this story from the beginning. The character development and story line are excellent. This is truly a great read that you don't want to miss. I highly recommend this to anyone that has not already read or heard it!

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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
  • 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
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    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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