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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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Recommended

I enjoyed this. It was an intriguing, cleverly written story, well read. It didn't hold me in suspense at any point and I didn't miss the characters after the novel was finished, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. Also the fact that the characters were 6, 10, and 12, and conversed like 40 year-olds forced me time and again to consciously suspend my disbelief. I've had to do that before in Scifi and Fantasy. I wonder why they don't just make their protagonists 2 years old and be done with it. Then at least the nagging "but a 2 year old can't argue politics" aspect would be too silly to actually bug me.

Anyway, glad I read it (or listened to it)!

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Best Sci-fi Book of All Time!

Best sci-fi that I have ever read and this audiobook's production does the book justice. This is a must-read for me and I cannot recommend it any more strongly. Great book! Good narration. Would give it 6 stars if I could!

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Fabulous

This is a great story with captivating narration. I highly recommend this audio book.

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Best Science-Fiction book I have ever read.

Orson Scott Card has yet to fail me in his books. Ender kept me wondering what would happen next, and I plan to continue on in the series. I love that this kid is the most powerful underdog in the universe. You would expect a book about a child to read as if it were intended for children, but it is too powerful a story to be considered a children's book, although my kids would probably enjoy it as well.
I also liked the different voices for the narration; it really brought the characters to life.

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  • Aileen
  • Armidale, Australia
  • 02-25-11

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this audiobook, despite the huge flaws I thought were obvious. I am pretty astonished at the reverence shown towards the book, since many elements of it are quite silly and reveal some limitations and ineptitudes. Politically, the message is facile. The plot and writing are average to poor. The children, for example, are entirely unlike actual children, and the constant reference to their age tends to emphasize the authors lack of insight and ability. The characters are flat, the dialogue is wooden and the plot is clunky and leaky in construction.
BUT I enjoyed it. I was engaged and interested, particularly when the plot focussed on Ender.
The narration was good, with the notable exception of Valentine's character, whose pretensious style I found very grating.
I would recommend this as an easy, relaxing listen which requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief.

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The best book I have ever read!!

This book was amazing! It is one of the few that I had to tell everyone about including everyone on my facebook page! Why? What made this book special? There were so many layers to the ending of this book that I was just flabbergasted. I went through similar emotions to Ender when he realized that things weren't what he believed them to be either.

For me this book utterly defines Sci-Fi! On every level it excels. The description of the way that we might live many years into the future was original and dynamic. The characters were varied and well developed. Ender's Game's overall plot was well structured and compelling. This is a fantastic book.

One thing that was particularly well done was the author's ability to give the antagonist's such depth and dimension. Even the bugs were not depicted as something simple such as evil. In the end, they did not even realize that they were attacking and destroying sentient beings. Did I mention that the plot was rich enough to provide multitudes of additional storylines. I highly recommend this book to both young and old to new Sci-Fi readers and veterans. It is one of the best books that I have ever read regardless of genre.

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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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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!!!

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  • RKR
  • Georgia
  • 01-30-11

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.

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  • Dustin
  • Walton, KY, United States
  • 01-30-11

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.