Ender's Game (Ender Quintet Series #1)

Ender's Game (Ender Quintet Series #1)

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Ender's Game (Ender Quintet Series #1) by Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427205261
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Series: Ender Quintet Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 9
Sales rank: 804,624
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Best known for his science fiction novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 — the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.


The novel-length version of Ender’s Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

While Card's early science fiction stories and novels were earning attention (Card won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1978), he supported his family primarily by writing scripts for audiotapes produced by Living Scriptures of Ogden, Utah.

Later, in the mid-1980s, while the novel version of Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were winning the Hugo and Nebula awards, he also wrote the screenplays for animated children's videos from the New Testament and Book of Mormon.

Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many novels, from the 18 science fiction books set in the Ender Universe, to the American frontier fantasy series “The Tales of Alvin Maker” (beginning with Seventh Son), to stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart’s Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card’s recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.  

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, where his primary activities are writing a review column for the local Rhinoceros Times and feeding birds, squirrels, chipmunks, possums, and raccoons on the patio.



Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books and more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns as well as two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures.  He won the Hugo award nine times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Méliès fantasy film award twice, and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN, the international writer’s union. Harlan has garnered two Audie Awards for the best in audio recordings.  Along with Stefan Rudnicki and other narrators, Harlan read the 20th anniversary edition of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, published by Macmillan Audio.

Stefan Rudnicki was born in Poland and now resides in Studio City, California. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, and has participated in more than a thousand as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He is a recipient of multiple Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as a Grammy Award as an audiobook producer. Along with casts of other narrators, Stefan has read a number of Orson Scott Card's best-selling science fiction novels, published by Macmillan Audio. In reviewing the 20th anniversary edition audiobook of Card’s Ender's Game, Publishers Weekly stated, "Card's phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer...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."


Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington


B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I've seen this book in libraries, on best-of lists, and pretty much everywhere. But I've always dismissed it because of the cover and the premise which just seemed corny and something meant for 14-yr-old StarWars fans. So I was surprised when I saw my math teacher reading it. My math teacher is pretty, in her early 20's, and a conservative Bible-thumper, so I was curious to what she saw in it. Once I see somebody with a book in their hands, I become very nosy. Her rave review convinced me to read it. What can I say about this book is that it's very fun and entertaining. I read it in one day. The sci-fi itself was pretty basic, and the most interesting part for me was Ender's trials at Battle School. Even though I had trouble following the null gravity battles. I did not understand Ender's explanation at all. It seems I would not be fit for Battle School :( The most unbelievable part for me was the age of these kids. They were very young, yet talked like your average adult. I understand they were supposed to be genius's and everyone was chosen as the best in something, but the only I saw that in Ender. I wish I could have known the other characters more. The "twist" ending didn't surprise me as much as the final chapter did. It just seemed so completely different from the rest of the book. I'm not sure whether or like it or not. This book definitely made me think in places. Overall, I recommend it to sci-fi and non sci-fi fans alike. I'm interested to read the sequels to see what happens to their universe afterward, if I can find them at the library. The library has a nasty habit of only carrying some books in a series- and never the ones I want.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how I've never made the time to read Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game". It came to my attention about 15 years ago because of it's prescient inclusion of something like the Internet - a supercomputing, connected and communication experience. Viewing Ender's "desk" through the lens of 2010, one can't help but also applaud Card's anticipation of the iPad. The book is not standard sci-fi fare. Oh, it has its aliens (called "buggers" throughout the book), space- ships, travel, and battles, but it has much more than that. It has a unique depth. After reading it, I see now why schools are including it on their reading lists. Ender is a genius. A six-year-old genius. It becomes clear early in the book that Ender's intelligence is ridiculously off the charts, even by the standards of Card's fictional future. Card's mastery is on full display in how deep and dimensional he's able to make the characters. Like many children who have some distinguishing characteristic, whether it's a good or bad, Ender finds those characteristics under attack. He's very withdrawn, insecure and closed off to most of the real world. I couldn't help but feel Ender's claustrophobic view of his world.I couldn't help but feel his anger, frustration and outrage. I'm looking forward to reading more on Ender Wiggin. But like Ender, I need to step away for a while. I need some fresh air. I need to stretch out and catch my breath before I re-enter Ender's game...and Orson Scott Card's world.
space_cowboyGA More than 1 year ago
In the running for top 10 sci-fi books of all time, in my opinion. I am only sorry that I waited so long to read this gem. Card has kicked off his Ender Wiggin series in grand fashion here. With all the sclock coming out of hollywood these days, it would be nice to see a faithful screen adaptation of this novel- it could not go wrong. Truly an original story with gripping characters and an engaging plot. I could hardly put it down.
J-Ro More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. Orson Scott Card wrote an interesting book. In the book kids are taken from their homes and put into a school that teaches them to become the best naval fleet commanders they can be. The main cause of this is an alien enemy called the Formics, and are generally called the Buggers as a more unofficial name. It is a strange step to use children and train them from age 6 to about 18. This is similar to Sparta where the best and smartest were the only ones allowed to fight and started at age 7. Ender however will not have that much time to become the best commander he can. The book goes through his struggles of isolation, being younger than most other kids, and the resentment of others at his perfection of everything. I recomend this book for anyone who just wants a fun read while still making you think a little bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for english class in high school 15 years ago,and loved it. I have reread it about every other year since. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic novel in the sci-fi genre. Non sci-fi fans will love it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time no doubt
viet6668 More than 1 year ago
I happened to stumble across this book by accident. I have so enjoyed reading it that I gave it to my Grandson. He so liked it that I have purchased a number of other books in this series. This is a great books for kids to read.
Studer More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book at least once. The imagery O.S. Card uses is so extreme and futuristic, considering that this book was written in the eighties; indeed, ahead of its time, some instances have recently appeared in the last few years. The overall plot keeps you turning the pages. Read it- you wont be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an openly amazing, exciting, and wonderful. It pulls you right in and you can't stop reading! I'm 11 and I read this book in a day, and I haven't done that since the Harry Potter, or Twilight, series. That just shows you how this book compares with many other greats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Favorite book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read, and very entertaining. Author does an amazing job of making the reader care deeply for Ender.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Btw there is a movie of this book coming out in 2013. It has the kid with the awesome eyes who played hugo...and the chick from nims island. Sorry only movies i can think of with them in it. Go to IMDB for more info! Hope that helps!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Intriguing. Big. Fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my time as a reader, I have seen so many good books, and for some reason, I never read it, the book title " Enders Game" somehow kept me from reading it, by the time I even considered reading it I had had it recomended it to me by almost all my friends. To my great surprise I loved the story line, whitch was much deeper than any books I have read before, I am not close to the military genius that ender was but I still found that I could relate to him, being used and forced to do bad things. The strangest thing in the book in my opinion was how mature ender was, and the way he thought whitch was more sofisticated than most modern adults. All in all, the book was a thrilling and fun read and I recomend it for all that like books that make you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read Enders Game, 3 chears for enders game
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So ive watched every single movie Marvel Studios has made, and this is still my most favorite sci fi story of all time. And thats one damn high rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all-time favorite book!
MereChristian More than 1 year ago
I started reading <i>Ender's Game</i> , by Orson Scott Card, for a few reasons. Some friends like it, Card's statements about political issues were in the news, so on. I picked it up, and read it. It was very thought-provoking and entertaining, to say the least. As the book starts, it is late in the 21st century, and the planet earth has already been the victim of two invasions by the Formics, an insect like alien creature. The Formics, derogatorily called the &ldquo;buggers&rdquo; by the people of earth, are feared and there is a constant lookout for the next invasion that many believe to be inevitable. In this environment, the best and brightest children are recruited to go to &ldquo;battle school&rdquo; and then further education, where they will learn how to command fleets and personnel in any future war against the buggers. This environment as well is rife with some dystopian themes such as a very soft, yet entirely too efficient, suppression of religion and population controls. There is, of course, the horror of child soldiers and psychological abuse, which we'll discuss in a moment. Into this setting, we have Andrew &ldquo;Ender&rdquo; Wiggin, a young boy who is called a &ldquo;Third&rdquo; for being a rare child beyond the two per family limit normally enforced. He is sent to school to learn to fight the buggers. The abuse Ender underwent in his training were disturbing, but seemingly necessary, for the sympathetic truths that were eventually revealed by Ender were not known at this point in the story, and yet the military leadership who were convinced that they were doing the right thing <i>still</i> had doubts. One of the main points of this series is that war is not fun or pretty. It's messy and ruthless. I have criticized certain characters or people who have what I consider warped views of martial matters, and that made our protagonist all the more disturbing, in a way. Ender was, arguably, the moral ideal of a military commander. Yet the empathy and imagination that made him so morally upright also made him a coldly precise military commander. Of course, part of the reason this is has to due with the reveal at the end of the novel, so we'll leave that alone. Card certainly paints a very depressing picture of humanity, but a nuanced one. When I finished the book, I wondered if the Formics weren't the good guys and the military leadership who so hurt Ender and other children, the bad guys. It is something to mull over, as I'm sure those who have finished the book will so do. As for the military training and such aspects, it was fairly realistic, within the confines of the fictional and dystopian settings. Though there were no NCO's (Non-Commissioned Officers) per se listed, the concept of them was very much in play. The &ldquo;toon&rdquo; leaders and sub-leaders with autonomy enough to work within Ender's command were an example of how real-life NCO's work in battle within their units. Of course, there are some plot points that would never fly in real life, and the reader will quickly guess which ones. War is hell, the old phrase goes, but sometimes it is necessary. The real struggle, besides, and perhaps more than, the battle, is the struggle to not lose one's morality, one's humanity, in the fight. Often ruthless decisions are required, so how can one fight like a heartless killer, yet not truly be heartless? Not truly lose their souls? That is a quandary that <i>Ender's Game</i> presents, but doesn't answer. We, the reader, must answer that question for ourselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story needs to be put in film. I'd see it and own it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like sci-fi, fantasy, adventure and/or really good books, then you should read Ender's Game. Someday this will be a classic read in school alongside Brave New World, 1984 and The Hobbit.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite book in the world!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the movie to come out next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Ender's Game' kicks off a series of books beloved by readers of all ages. Card's clean & straightforward prose elucidates the challenges, hardships & eventual vindication of one boy's rise through Battle School in a future where gifted childrrn are robbed of their childhood and cynically honed as weapons in a war against alien invaders. Ender's story is gripping on a psychological, social & action level as he outsmarts everyone who treats him unfairly. A great mix of futuristic tech, tactical game theory and coming of age all too early tale. This is the book that got me hooked on science fiction as a kid!