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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ender Saga Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781427201997
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From the #1 New York Times bestseller

At the Battle School, there is only one course of study: the strategy and tactics of war. Humanity is fighting an alien race, and we fight as one. Students are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions, taken from their families as children. There is no room for cultural differences, no room for religious observances, and there is certainly no room for Santa Claus.

But the young warriors disagree. When Dink Meeker leaves a Sinterklaaus Day gift in another Dutch student's shoe, that quiet act of rebellion becomes the first shot in a war of wills that the staff of the Battle School never bargained for.

Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game is the basis of the hit movie of the same name.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An undeniable heavyweight. . . . This book combines Card's quirky style with his hard ethical dilemmas and sharply drawn portraits. New York Daily News on Ender's Game

  • Card has taken the venerable SF concepts of a superman and an interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing, and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. Booklist on Ender's Game

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etshadow | 2/20/2014

    " More on the short story side of things. But all the little stories came together as one. The message hit close to home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 2/11/2014

    " Anything about Ender is dynamite in my book, and this tiny little book is sweet and touching, filled with arrogant genius children, silly poems, and it's about Christmas. Which makes for a pretty enjoyable read, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cbuck | 1/29/2014

    " I've been enjoying the latest stories coming out of the "Enderverse" via Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, but was surprised to see this one in hard cover at my library - so I had to pisk it up. A quick read, but it threw me immediately back into my Ender trance, reminding me of how much I loved these characters and story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel P | 1/27/2014

    " This book should never have been made. It is the worst propagandist piece of ----- I have ever read. Card should be ashamed. He greatly ruined the Ender universe with this book. ALL ENDER AND CARD FANS STAY AWAY!!! Card uses this book to spout his religion.... his writing style here is unrecognizable and the storyline is freaking pathetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skip | 1/24/2014

    " Before reading the next installment of the Ender series, I wanted to read Book 5, which is a novella. Frankly, it seemed like a few missing chapters (i.e., after thought) from Ender's Game. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 1/20/2014

    " I love the Ender series, but this one just doesn't work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this quick romp back into Ender's world and look forward to reading more of Ender's story at intergalacticmedicingshow.com "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse Blomberg | 1/14/2014

    " A different sort of Christmas story. Worth borrowing, but not buying, due to length. Really a novella, set in the Ender Wiggin universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 1/12/2014

    " Author raised some interesting points about religion and culture without coming across too preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riley | 1/12/2014

    " I loved Ender's Game and consequently loved to return to Ender's world for a holiday tale. I loked how this book didn't focus so much on the training at battle school, but the relationships and beliefs of those that were there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/8/2014

    " This one is a quite single sitting book in the Ender universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/6/2014

    " Zech is a pacifist, like his powerful preacher father, but he has been recruited to Battle School, where no religious observances are permitted. He passively resists until he sees two students exchange a Sinterklaus Day gift. Now he's ratted them out, and only Ender can find a route to peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 12/31/2013

    " This was an interesting "added chapter" to Ender's Game. I am a sucker for all things Ender, primarily because they pay off. Reading OSC is like going home, his style is always very human with thought and conversation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/9/2013

    " This is a new story about Ender when he was still a kid at battle school. It's really just catnip for those of us who got addicted to that world and don't want to leave. A very quick read, but an absorbing one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/19/2013

    " A cute Ender story set during Battle school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 2/25/2013

    " This story revolves around the desire to be able to celebrate holidays at battle school. This was way under par in comparison to Ender's Game. The characters had no depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cryselle | 9/17/2012

    " An interesting confusion between intellectual brilliance and maturity, but a fine subversive story all the same. Dink Meeker is one of my favorite minor characters; I was glad to see him in action here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa B | 4/21/2012

    " A story of warmth in an unexpected setting. Will make you think twice about the kinds of gifts you give and why you give them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Nielsen | 2/19/2012

    " Not much to say. This seems like a throw-away story that was kept as and used as a Christmas story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Laxson | 2/14/2012

    " Not a bad story and you should read if you are a fan of Ender. Just not worth the hardcover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/13/2012

    " Quick read, not too much science fiction. I liked the story, but isn't the author LDS? It always disturbs me to read swear words, etc written by an LDS author--more so than from another author. Does that bother anyone else? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 1/23/2012

    " So short I almost missed the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dragynlady | 10/13/2011

    " As always a great one form the Ender series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/6/2011

    " The juxtaposition of religion and secularism with the understanding that both are important and that it all boils down to relationships and forgiveness. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 8/5/2011

    " A nice short story set at Battle School during Ender's time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 5/3/2011

    " I love the Ender series, but this one just doesn't work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 4/28/2011

    " amazing
    and a defiantly read more than twice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jossalyn | 4/21/2011

    " always love OSC's portrayal of wunderkids. just chanced on this one and then had to read the whole thing in one sitting. seems as he gets older, the fundamentalist LDS reveals... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 4/18/2011

    " A cute Ender story set during Battle school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 4/15/2011

    " This was an unexpectedly sweet addition to the Ender series. This story really focuses on the other children and how they dealt with their homesickness. Very quick read, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " tiny novella backstory on Zeck, some Ender and Dink "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/17/2011

    " Liked it quite a bit as a side Ender story. Sure it was preachy, but at it's short length, it worked just fine. I overall enjoyed it a fair bit more than Ender's Shadow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 2/26/2011

    " Rather flimsy for an Ender book. But it was nice to return to Battle School, however briefly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/24/2011

    " a quick read, but still loved it. Cant wait to open the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/17/2011

    " The juxtaposition of religion and secularism with the understanding that both are important and that it all boils down to relationships and forgiveness. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/31/2011

    " A good look into what else was going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/28/2011

    " This story actually takes place while Ender is at the Battle School. There is just something about the Ender series that really gets me involved. This story is short and interestingly current... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanna | 1/20/2011

    " This is really more of a short story than a novel, but it's still fun. How can anyone not love Ender and appreciate his amazing ability to read people and situations and turn them around so that things all work out? It's always brilliant! "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrators

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.