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4.00000250852271 out of 54.00000250852271 out of 54.00000250852271 out of 54.00000250852271 out of 54.00000250852271 out of 5 4.00 (398,641 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:
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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

  • “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.”


  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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