A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel
Winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel
A USA Today Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller
Among longlisted titles for ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 1985
Winner of Nebula Awards - Winner, 1985
Among longlisted titles for ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015
Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 1986
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.
© 1977, 1985, 1991 by Orson Scott Card
“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 FileA pleasure to listen to. Refreshing, highly entertaining and fast-paced. Orson Scott Card is a phenomenal writer.USA TODAY
“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.”
“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.”
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Military space adventure with a heartJanuary 28, 2016I had to approach Ender's Game with an open mind, given the controversy of its film adaptation.
At first glance, it's follows the classic formula - boy finds himself in a strange situation and holds the fate of the world in his young hands - but there is so much more to it than that.
The story will keep you engaged with plot twists, many of which came as a complete surprise, but if you look back, so much of it is artfully foreshadowed. Even for someone like me, who already knew the ending, there was something unexpected in every chapter.
Ender's emotions are at the heart of it all, and it's never just action for the sake of action.
The characters, far from being a series of interchangeable allies, are each memorable in their own right. The way it depicts the military is intriguing too, as it manages to be both sympathetic and critical of it at the same time.
Hearing all those child characters voiced by a grown man is almost unnerving, since they behave so much like little grown-ups, you almost forget this is a story about kids fighting a war.
I could not bring myself to knock off a star for that, as the acting performances were all superb, and they carried across the character's personalities very well. Listen to this instead of watching the movie.
Pretty GoodNovember 14, 2013Like all books turned to movie, I like to try to listen to the book first. Not knowing what to expect (usually always a good thing), I came away pleasantly satisfied.
Coming from being bullied and having an unsurpassed intelligence, Ender, is the underdog turned savior. He goes through torments, exhaustion, depression, all before the age of ten. He goes through all this and keeps going no matter how much he wants to give up.
Not as scientifically written as Robert A. Heinlein, but Orson Scott Carr paralleles Heinlein's ability to create such a believable future.
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.