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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ender Saga Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781427205278
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. 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. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game before the big-screen adaptation, starring Harrison Ford and Hugo's Asa Butterfield, hits theaters Nov. 1. Entertainment Weekly, 13 Ways to Get Ready for '13

  • Superb! This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers--a major SF novel by any reasonable standard. Booklist
  • An affecting novel full of surprises. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero. The New York Times Book Review
  • A pleasure to listen to. Refreshing, highly entertaining and fast-paced. Orson Scott Card is a phenomenal writer. USA TODAY

  • “This audio version was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the novel and it's a gem…. Stefan Rudnicki is particularly good as Ender. School Library Journal, Starred Review

  • [Rudnicki's] deep, dispassionate, and sometimes lacerating voice gives a mesmerizing performance, managing to make Ender believable both as a vulnerable boy and as a brilliant military strategist…. a riveting audio production of Card's classic 1977 novel, which in this ideal format remains as original, disturbing, and ultimately surprising as ever. Horn Book
  • Rudnicki, the main narrator and voice of Ender, reads in a cool, almost emotionless manner, which seems just right for this dark life-or-death tale. Rudnicki excels when reading the students' Battle School dialogue, a rhythmic slang used by the cadets…. De Cuir portrays Ender's beloved sister, who remains on Earth. Her reading is as cool as Rudnicki's but with a bit more emotion, a suitable match for the more volatile sibling. Booklist
  • I've saved my favorite for last; if you loved Ender's Game, you will go nuts for these fantastic full-cast recordings. Examiner.com on Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow

  • Ender’s Game is a must-read book for science fiction lovers, and a key conversion read for their friends who ‘don’t read science fiction.’”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This is a wonderful way to experience Card’s best-known and most celebrated work, both for longtime fans and for newcomers.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 1986
  • Winner of Nebula Awards - Winner, 1985
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 1985
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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

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.

Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books and more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns as well as two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures.  He won the Hugo award nine times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Méliès fantasy film award twice, and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN., the international writer’s union. In addition to his writing accolades, Harlan has garnered two Audie Awards for the best in audio recordings.  Along with Stefan Rudnicki and other narrators, Harlan read the 20th anniversary edition of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, published by Macmillan Audio.