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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: De Cuir Gabrielle, Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ender Saga Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781593974855
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The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once against the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania.

Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But it takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology. USA Today

  • In his afterword, Card declares, ‘The ideal presentation of any book of mine is to have excellent actors perform it in audio only format,' and he gets his wish. Card's phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer. This is a wonderful way to experience Card's best-known and most celebrated work, both for longtime fans and for newcomers. Publishers Weekly on Ender's Game
  • The cast… gives life to the emotional and intellectual challenge of the story. Brilliant and compelling. AudioFile on Speaker for the Dead

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debany | 2/19/2014

    " I thought there were a lot of inconsistencies between this book and the others in the series. It was also a little weird and hard to get into BUT I felt like I had to finish the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/18/2014

    " I liked this much better than Xenocide, and I think that's in part simply relief that the series was done by now. It was definitely better written than Xenocide, but it really did feel like the second half of one story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karina | 2/18/2014

    " A little too thinky/theoretical for my liking. Though I'm happy to have a good ending for the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/14/2014

    " This book finished off the series with a very beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. Love was lost and given in so many ways, till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine DR | 2/7/2014

    " Wraps up the whole series nicely... but after reading the first book (loved it) and the second (loved it but a little less), the third/fourth books were a little bit of a letdown. It got less 'action-y' and a lot more philosophical - not that it's a bad thing but it's just not what I thought I was getting into when I started the first book. Now that they are making Ender's Game into a movie, I wonder how far they will go with the books? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/4/2014

    " An interesting end to a great Saga! Certainly many twists and turns, my advice is to enjoy them and where they take you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/3/2014

    " It was a good book. I enjoyed the plot line well enough. A few characters annoyed me every now and then, but not as bad as in Xenocide. Very thought provoking, that is for sure. There were a few plot lines that were never closed, I didn't expect them to be, but I really with they had been. I was super curious to see how they would turn out. I liked this book about as much as the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 1/31/2014

    " This is probably my favorite of the first four books in this saga behind Ender's Game. The human race has sent a fleet to wipe out the only known alien species to exist because they killed a human being. The only problem is that they sacrificed a dying human that they respected in a way that in their culture insures that the memories of the person are preserved and passed on to others of the species. In short, the book deals with many a moral and ethical dilemma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie McCall | 1/17/2014

    " I can't stand Quara! She is so awful. But I found myself agreeing with Wang Mu at the very end when she tried to befriend her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cesar | 1/6/2014

    " interesting way to take the series, the entire story was quite abstract, but Orson Scott Card was able to use his literary genius to convey it in a way that was both believable, and fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Sundquist | 12/1/2013

    " A proper ending to the series. The ethical side of these books are amazing--to steal from the back of the book, they explore the evolution of human ethics. This is a fascinating exploration of what may very well be facing humans some day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 12/1/2013

    " Final days of Ender. Trying to save Lusitania and a second Xenocide. Tied it all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Herrera | 11/25/2013

    " Love it. Like most of Card's Ender series, I'm fascinated by the tale, characters and worlds visited. Unfortunately this is the end of Andrew Wiggin. Looking forward to more of Card's work, but I'll miss Ender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 7/22/2013

    " This book was worth reading to conclude the series, but it isn't a Ender's Game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Helton | 1/23/2013

    " I great end to Ender and his pals. He's a toolbox mormon, but a great writer. He wraps up the saga well, but it could have been a touch more thoughtfull. He lost his focus and had to tie up too many loose ends too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 1/13/2013

    " Good ending to the series. I really enjoyed the Ender's Saga (all four books). Ender is the man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artifice Magazine | 1/8/2013

    " In my mind, I group these books with Sherri S. Tepper for some reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/1/2013

    " An absolutely brilliant installment from this particular series. In my opinion, the best of the series. Card's characters speak volumes of the human condition. I couldn't put this one down; well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 7/9/2012

    " Better than Xenocide, but not as good as the first two of the quartet. I like how OSC gives explanations for how his fictional gadgetry works. I am glad, however, that the quartet is done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zignema | 6/13/2012

    " A lot of existencialism, but he keeps coming out with new issues left unresolved. I guess he knows a lot about science "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Fisch | 5/18/2012

    " again, not as good as Book 1 and 2 but if you've read the first 3 than you have to finish with the 4th. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 3/26/2012

    " If there was a way to give this 0 stars, I would. Dreadful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/23/2011

    " You can't go wrong with this book if you like Orson Scott Card. I do, and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 9/13/2011

    " Not bad. A good conlusion to the Ender's Saga. Or is it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay C | 8/27/2011

    " Finally some tying up of the loose ends. Great saga/epic series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/21/2011

    " Unfortunately the weakest of the series, but it does tie up most of the threads explored in the previous 4. Very enjoyable but not earth-shaking. "

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

    " Recently started re-reading the series that I never finished. As a kid I only liked Ender's Game, but I really appreciate the deeper though that was put into the rest of the series, I never got through this book earlier, and struggled through the previous two, Speaker and Xenocide.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/2/2011

    " Not a bad ending, better than I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 4/28/2011

    " Now this is how you end a Science Fiction epic satisfyingly. The ending chapters here redeem the sort of overly-implausible events of Xenocide. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 maria | 4/13/2011

    " an interesting book, although parts of it were muddled by ridiculously abstract quantum physics or whatever exactly this book was talking about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 4/7/2011

    " The weird metaphysics just got to me in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barry | 3/31/2011

    " Terrible. Trapped. Those are the two words that come to mind when I think about this book. I was trapped into reading it and it turned out to be terrible.

    Read it if you want to know what happens to Ender Wiggin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisa | 3/22/2011

    " Ender's Saga started out so promising, but by the 4th book, I could barely get through it. In fact, this last one was so full of philosophizing that it convinced me to NOT read the follow up Shadow series :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 3/22/2011

    " Nice resolution to Ender's Saga - felt like he kind of puttered off at the end. Perhaps in order to have additional books (maybe he does and I have yet to realize it)... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 3/17/2011

    " I think Card jumped the shark with this one. Definitely the least of the 1st 4 Ender books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 3/7/2011

    " Story line is starting to get a bit thin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 3/6/2011

    " Another just mediocre addition the the ender series and not the best book written by orson scott card. "

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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

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.