Ender's Game

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2008
11 hours 19 minutes
From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game—adapted to film starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford—is the classic Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction novel of a young boy's recruitment into the midst of an interstellar war.

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 series
Ender’s Game / Ender in Exile / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind

Ender’s Shadow series
Ender’s Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight

Children of the Fleet

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens

The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
The Swarm /The Hive

Ender novellas
A War of Gifts /First Meetings
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The writer moves the story alone rather well! The narration is smooth and compelling! The story line keeps you interested and you feel the emotion of the character thanks to the story and narrative. I never felt the story stalled. Rather it moves with a flow that has purpose and direction. I recommend reading or listening to the book.

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excellent book, as always. The narration didn’t always quite fit for me but to each their own.

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Travis mess

it was okay it was worth the read

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This book is simply bad, which is hard because I read the whole series through as a kid and thought them great books, right up to the final cliffhanger. I decided, as an adult that I would finish the series and listen to the final book after consuming them anew, maybe a decade and some change later. Four hours in on the first book and I can't... none of the story makes any sense. What does make sense is cringe, like the repeated unnecessary mention of naked children. There are a lot of those weird offhand quotes, not just vaguely pedo either. Some of them are homophobic, but most I've caught so far are about this weird Christian persicution theme on top of heavy anti semitism buried within off handed dialogue. FROM ADOLESCENT CHILDREN. Ender, humanity's "Chosen One" is basically a Marty Sue out the gate. No mistakes, all the disadvantages stacked against them, knows virtually everything at 6, and is determined to fight a war from before they where born. Then, at 6 Ender gets groomed by militaristic predators who boast about how they are "using" these children, repeatedly. Why? I give this 1 star because I legitimately feel dirty after rereading this.

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Elizabeth T.

Varied narrators enhance the storytelling of a great book!

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David S.

I really enjoyed the book

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