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4.30769230769231 out of 54.30769230769231 out of 54.30769230769231 out of 54.30769230769231 out of 54.30769230769231 out of 5 4.31 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir, Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ender Saga Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9781593974756
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The Hugo Award-winning novel Ender's Game, now available as an audiobook, is the first book in a popular series that follows the eponymous Ender, his brother Peter and sister Valentine, as well as a number of other characters in a sprawling and intriguing story that spans thousands of years. While we won't try to determine which is best, Ender's Game is likely the best known of the series, and for good reason. Once you hear it, you won't soon forget it.

Ender's Game follows Ender Wiggin, the youngest of three children, born by special government decree because most families are not allowed more than two children. For some time, Earth has been at war with the Formics, a bug-like alien species that said 'hi' to humanity by killing thousands. The military hopes that Ender will be the great military leader to defeat the Formics once and for all. While he is still quite young, they send him to Battle School, an intense training program that molds him into a soldier, tactician, and leader.

All of this training eventually leads Ender to his final test, a massive battle simulation which will have lasting consequences for him, for humanity, and for the Formics. Fans of The Hunger Games will recognize some of the themes in Ender's Game, though they are very different books. The story is intense, unsparing, and always gripping.

Orson Scott Card is an American science fiction writer. Besides Ender's Game and its sequels, he has written a number of other science fiction series and standalone novels. A well-known figure in the world of science fiction and fantasy, he initially conceived of Ender's Game as a short story, later transforming it into a novel.

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, so 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?

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 the world survives, that is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel is given award-winning treatment as an audiobook....Ender's Game offers outstanding production and first-rate narration. Don't miss it. Audio File

  • A pleasure to listen to. Refreshing, highly entertaining and fast-paced. Orson Scott Card is a phenomenal writer. USA TODAY

  • “A powerful book about war, that ranges in topic from reflex-training video games to combat between our inner-and other-directed selves.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Layers fold with immaculate timing, transforming an almost juvenile adventure into a tragic tale of the destruction.”

    Houston Post

  • “Card’s phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer. No narrator tries overmuch to create separate character voices, though each is clearly discernible, and the understated delivery will draw in listeners. In particular, Rudnicki, with his lulling, sonorous voice, does a fine job articulating Ender’s inner struggle between the kind, peaceful boy he wants to be and the savage, violent actions he is frequently forced to take. 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)

  • “This audio version was created in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the novel, and it’s a gem. The audiobook is narrated by a full cast. Stefan Rudniki is particularly good as Ender.”

    School Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power.”

    Booklist

  • Winner of the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • Winner of Nebula Awards - Winner, 1985
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 1986
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 1985

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Screwfist | 1/29/2017

    " I get something new out of this book every time I read it. Obviously a great classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/3/2016

    " "Ender's Game" is one of the science fiction classics and should be required reading for every high school and re-reading for every adult. It tells the story of Ender Wiggim, a boy genius who grew up in a world at war and gripped in its subsequent fear. It is about strategy, ambition, and the potentially inhuman decisions made during a (fictional) war by one child who could tilt history. If you watched the film and thought that was the whole story, an injustice was done. The book tells the minutiae that no film has successfully covered. It tells the whole story and highlights the genius of character of Ender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Keeton | 2/7/2014

    " 4 1/2 **** Fantastically written. Kept me captivated all the way through until the end. I wanted to give 5 stars but I wasn't crazy about the ending. Otherwise, great read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny | 2/1/2014

    " Yuck. Interesting story, but ultimately I got sick of all the crudeness, cussing and endless comments about male genitalia (no, I'm not kidding). Why does everyone pretend like this is such a great book?? Even though it is a creative story, I don't feel like I could ever recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 2/1/2014

    " Ive read this several times and never tire of it. Follow this book with "Enders Shadow" and you"ll get an awesome view of the same story through the eyes of a great character named Bean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laz the Sailor | 1/14/2014

    " Well, it's not the greatest book of its generation, but it's pretty good. "

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

    " It was an interesting read. Very cutting edge (for then) battle tactics and futuristic video games. A little bit mentioned about the nature/nurture of man thrown into the mix, but it was just kind of boring for me the way it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/5/2014

    " The writing style was great, however, I had a hard time picking the book up once I put it down. I also had a hard time with the mind game issue in the book, especially when it involved someone so young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy Kue | 12/18/2013

    " It was an amazingly thought-provoking book. It's observations into human psychology and its exploitation of emotions is dark but very real. It's main character, Ender is portrayed brilliantly. Hard to out the book down. Hope to get my kids to read it some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Nostrom | 10/3/2013

    " Excellent book, I've re-read it at least three times... Really looking forward to the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ulol Kimil | 7/18/2013

    " WOW... just WOW... I just couldn't stop reading it. Some stuff was a bit too much but nevertheless, it got me hooked "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Cyr | 6/16/2013

    " To date, one of my favourite books for character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny Sze | 9/2/2012

    " Card is definitely one of my favorite authors. His books touch so many different political science topics and is much deeper than the simple story might suggest. Also they are filming the movie to be released 2013! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine DR | 6/2/2012

    " I've been reading a lot of dystopian YA novels but this is probably the first one I've read through a boy's perspective. It's interesting to read through the inner workings of a boy and how he coped with his situation in comparison to how girls might react. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 10/8/2011

    " Wow, I didn't expect that ending! I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerrie Du toit | 10/4/2011

    " Obvious why this became a classic so fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 6/22/2011

    " I loved this book, I was genuinely surprised near the end, it totally got me! I would highly recommend this book. It's not something I'd normally read but I'll definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 4/12/2010

    " Yes, I finished Ender's Game in three days. I kept reading it every break I got. What a great SF novel, a reminder of the kind of SF that I loved so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Speer | 2/11/2008

    " The writing is ordinary but the story is undeniable. Card is a great storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jinhee Spuhler | 9/29/2007

    " This book was given to me by my 7th grade Honors English Teacher, Mrs. Lamb. I remember that moment with perfect clarity. I'd always enjoyed reading, but this specific book brought me into my LOVE for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 9/29/2007

    " Clean short sentences. Technology does not age. Great concept. Great story. Improved my understand of leadership. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Brienza | 9/20/2005

    " I have read the Enders Game series 4 to 5 times. I really like the books and Orson Scott Card other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bubbles013 | 5/31/2004

    " This bookis ok for a one time read but if you don't like future world ideas and kids killing eachother then noooot for you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant Lee | 8/12/2003

    " Amazing book! Recommend it to anyone who likes philosophical, thought provoking and of course, science-fiction books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 8/6/2003

    " A little slow in spots but I enjoyed the characters and it has been a while since I have read scifi which I really enjoyed. I could see reading this to/ with Owen when he is a little older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Hanson | 5/27/2003

    " This was a super exciting book! I couldn't put it down. "

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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 more than 120 books and more than 1,700 stories, essays, and articles, as well as dozens of screenplays and teleplays. He has won numerous awards, including the Edgar Award, Hugo Award, an Audie Award for Best Solo Narration, and his fifth Nebula Award, breaking genre records. Ellison was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2006. He lives in California.

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.

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.