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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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    Brian B. 10-24-17
    Brian B. 10-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful Book"

    Orson Scott Card, an amazing writer. Truly gifted to write such a book as this! It speaks to the hearts of many young and older alike.

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    Xmeromotu 10-19-17
    Xmeromotu 10-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read for any sci-fi fan"

    This is one of the greatest sci-fi stories ever written. Read it if you haven’t already and enjoy. If you’ve read it before, you’ll enjoy the audiobook. A great experience.

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    CosmicBob 10-13-17
    CosmicBob 10-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for Hard Sci-Fi Fans + Annoying Narration"

    Short Version: Bought it in a hurry for a road trip. I listened to it all the way through. I didn't like it. I kept waiting for it to live up to the glowing hype. It never did. Harlan Ellison agreed to be one of the narrators - so this story has to be awesome right? Harlan, how could you do this to us? Save your bucks and get a copy of Ready Player One or a Bobiverse novel. You're listening to this stuff for fun, right? Ender's Game ain't fun.

    The story does not allow you to suspend disbelief. The premise of an on-going war that can only be won by systematically mistreating (torturing) children is ridiculous - even with the B.S. pseudo explanation that the kiddo in question has a genetic mutation that makes him an extra-special bug murder. Genius does not automatically confer experience, perspective or wisdom - it only makes them easier to obtain. Unless his genetic aberration also instinctually includes the memories and finesse of a billionaire negotiator/poker player, none of his allegedly innate leadership abilities are plausible - even if his strategic abilities are.

    The parts of the book involving Ender's siblings are disturbing and seem like they belong in another, even crummier book. The female narrator's voice was like an ice pick in the ear. She was supposed to be voicing a very young girl who possesses a wisdom and self control decades beyond her years, so of course, the narration is whiny and hyper emotional (borderline hysterical).

    I saw the movie of Ender's Game after seeing the trailer in a theater. I had never read the book, so the story was new to me. I thought the movie sucked. I figured that the people who produced the movie must have aggressively "dis-comprehended" the original story and mis-told it, as happens regularly in Hollywood. The book had to be better and explain things that the movie did not. After listening to this unabridged audio version, I now know that it just never was a very good novel.

    I read tons of fiction and non-fiction. For pleasure reading it's mostly hard Sci-Fi and history (which can be sci-fi/fantasy with some authors). I started reading sci-fi in earnest in the 1970s. That's why I was rather shocked that I had somehow missed this "classic," "all time favorite," and "beloved" science fiction story. I had never heard of it until they started advertising the movie using those terms. The movie producers must have spammed the internet will an avalanche of paid positive reviews of both the book and movie - 'cause neither version of the story stands up to the hype.


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    Tale Spanish Fork, UT USA 10-11-17
    Tale Spanish Fork, UT USA 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A One Of A Kind Audiobook"

    My review is strictly for the performance of this audio book, I feel the resume of Orson Scott Card speaks for itself.

    I am a novice when it comes to audio books having only listened to little more than a dozen so far. But I can honestly say, I have yet to find an audio book performance to rival this one. So many different voice actors and all of them capturing the characters perfectly. I am sad that my audio book hobby started with Ender's Game because I fear I may not find another audio book to even come close to the performance of this one.

    This is one I will listen to over and over.

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    Amazon Customer 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "incredible"

    This is one of the engaging books I have ever read. it is definitely the book I have read the most times.

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    Anonymous 10-09-17
    10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ender's Game"

    This is by far one of the best books ever written. It's not like other sci fi stories. It's original and very compelling . I will listen to it many more times.

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    Walter 10-05-17
    Walter 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Didn't want to stop listening"

    Overall a great listen. The story itself is fantastic and reels you in. The voice actors do a job well done. Highly recommend Enders Game!

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    A. 10-05-17
    A. 10-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Always a great read"

    Educational entertainment. Life lessons in the form of a sci-fi novel. Everyone should read at least once.

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    Brendon Bessette 10-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Story is good. Narration is occasionally grating."

    I'm a fan of the story. But the narration performance is odd, especially the performance of the woman voicing Valentine. I'm not sure if it's intentional to invoke emotion, but she sounds so melodramatic and on the verge of tears when it doesn't always seem necessary. The voice of Ender is better, but has a lot of starts and stops which can be distracting.

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    Amazon Customer 09-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely fantastic "

    Utterly fantastic book in the best audiobook presentation I have listened to so far. A must for any collection.

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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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