Ender’s Game Audiobook

Ender's Game Audiobook

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Written By: Orson Scott Card
Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Date: April 2004
Duration: 11 hours 19 minutes

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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.
Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Ender’s Game Audiobook Reviews

When I was in ninth grade, we were taken to the library and told to choose a book so we’d have something to read between standardized tests. Instead of picking a book, I started screwing around in the library. Generally getting into trouble. Typical teen stuff.

The librarian eventually nabbed me, and asked what sort of books I liked reading. For some reason that I still can’t explain to this day, I thought that all the “cool” kids read science fiction. So that’s what I said.

“Then you should read this book,” she told me, handing me a fairly worn copy of ‘Ender’s Game,’ and telling me that she loved it enough to re-read it every year.

I wasn’t thrilled with it, to be honest. The cover seemed kind of hokey. It smelled funny (hey, I was a kid). I had no idea what a “Hugo” or “Nebula” award might be. But the bell was ringing, testing would begin shortly, and I was kind of stuck for options. I checked out the book, and went on my way.

I’ve always been a fast test taker, and so about an hour into a three-hour test I was done and bored. I opened the book and started reading. And a two hours later I was done.

Up to that point, I’d read tons of books—mostly of the “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Encyclopedia Brown” variety. This was the first “grownup” fiction I’d ever read. And I was hooked. I went on to read everything I could find by Orson Scott Card. I wrote tons of short stories as creative writing assignments, all featuring Battle School or Ender himself. And I took what was a sorta-hobby of writing short stories and “books” (very short books, I assure you) and ended up turning it into a lifelong pursuit.

And, like the librarian, I’ve taken to re-reading this book every year. I’ve given away more copies of this single book than I can count. And I’ve owned every English-language version of it ever released. It’s a benchmark, life-shaping book for me.

‘Ender’s Game’ was the book that taught me that books could be what you do for a living. And for that, I’m incredibly grateful. My only regret is that I can’t give it more than five stars.

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