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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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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 03-27-08
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 03-27-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Very, very good"

    The story itself is excellent. The only reason I gave this four instead of five stars is that there were a few glitches in production, places where words got clipped, things that were noticeable but didn't impair the listeners ability to follow the story. Also, during the asides between the Battle School commander and various other people it could be difficult to tell who was saying what- that's mostly because in the books those sections aren't attributed to specific speakers until after several of them have passed. The narrators do a good job differentiating between characters, for the most part, but the way those 'interludes' were written provide certain challenges when being read out loud.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David 02-23-08
    David 02-23-08 Member Since 2012
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    "An Excellent Listen"

    I'd heard of Ender's Game but just never got around to reading it. When I ran across it on "Audible", I figured what did I have to lose. Now was my chance to see what everyone has been raving about for 20 years. I can assure you I wasn't disappointed.
    I took me about 10 minutes into the book to become completely engaged. I'm now reading the 3rd book in the Ender Saga! I usually don't like audio books with more than one person doing narration, but again I was surprised. It somehow works for this book. This novel exceeded all my expectations and broke down some barriers for me. It is an excellent read that I would, without hesitation, recommend to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian USA 02-18-08
    Brian USA 02-18-08
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    "Excellent!"

    I strongly recommend this book to all who love fiction. It does not matter whether you're a fan of science fiction or not - Ender's Game has something that everyone who likes good writing can appreciate. Great narration!

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    MMMuami Denver, CO USA 02-06-08
    MMMuami Denver, CO USA 02-06-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Loved it!"

    Wonderful book! Well produced. Ended too soon.

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    Trey Fayetteville, GA, USA 02-03-08
    Trey Fayetteville, GA, USA 02-03-08
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    "Excellent use of strategy and tactics"

    Recommended to me by one of Special Force's buddies. I liked the way the author's main character, Ender, would use military strategy/tactics to exploit an enemy and not only stop an enemy but defeat the enemy from any future aggressions. I can't believe I didn't read this book years ago. Don't wait like I did. Read or listen to this book, you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Ballwin, MO, USA 02-03-08
    Gabriel Ballwin, MO, USA 02-03-08 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best"

    I first read Ender's Game in middle school many years ago. Hearing it again as an adult brought new meanings to me. It is an incredible story that will probably revisit every few years - ala The Lord of the Rings.
    A wonderful story, a wonderful audible purchase. Any fan of sci-fi should be required to read this at least once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony woodstock, GA, USA 01-30-08
    Anthony woodstock, GA, USA 01-30-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it so much I must get the rest"

    I liked this one so much that I can't wait for my credits to come around before buying the next one. It all ties together perfectly, aliens don't just have a bump on their nose or pointy ears, they are completely different in every way unimaginable... this is true sci fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy Boy 01-28-08
    Billy Boy 01-28-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"

    I don't know how I missed both Ender's Game and Scott Card for 25 years. I had thought nothing in Sci Fi could really thrill me since Heinlein's passing. This is a stunningly original idea and universe, skillfully told, and well performed. The rest of the series is worth listening to only because the characters in this story become part of you and a chance to visit with them again can't be passed up. It did not win Hugo and Nebula awards because it was just good. This is a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S Houston, TX, USA 01-26-08
    S Houston, TX, USA 01-26-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Maybe you have to be a Sci-Fi person ?"

    I had heard about this book from a friend who said "I had to read it." I put it off for a long time because I'm not really into Sci-Fi. I did like Gatticca and a few other Sci-Fi-type movies that go deeper than rockets.

    This book also goes deeper than rockets, but not a whole lot. It is very well written, but the detail that goes into the nuts and bolts and positioning of this and that is excruciating. That was the main turn-off really.

    The point of the book was good, the ending quite unexpected, the character development excellent. I usually read non-fiction, critical books, that get straight to the point. I rarely read fiction. So, fluffy detail kind of puts me to sleep.

    If you like fiction, this book is probably worth your time, despite being a Sci-Fi book. But if you like to get straight to it and don't care for long diatribes of description, you might not.

    On another note, however, if you are a writer, or would like to be a writer, it's worth listening to just for the 45 minute interview with the author at the end. That is Excellent.

    Having said all that, I'm glad I listened to it. If I had a lot of credits, and not a lot in my wish list, then this is a good choice, but if you're trying to decide between this and another book, and you're similar to me, then it probably is worth reading later.





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    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
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    "rock on"

    i can only echo what thousands of others have said about this one. awesome. this is my favorite of all time.

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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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  • 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
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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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