Written By: Orson Scott Card

Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison

Date: April 2004

Duration: 11 hours 19 minutes


From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game 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.


  • Matthew F

    this is a great book. it has great lessons for being a leader along with being very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Timothy R.

    good book, well read.

  • Marcos C.

    This was my first fictional audiobook and I loved every moment of it.

  • Travis M.

    not to bad but a little slow I wouldn't listen to it again.

  • Elizabeth F.

    This is by far my favorite book. I've listened to it at least 4 times already and I also have a hard copy that I've read. Perfectly written, perfectly narrated.

  • Raye-Raye

    1000 times better than the movie I’m literally hooked on the series ALL OF EM’

  • Anonymous

    Such a great story that still has relevant themes to this day.

  • Jaron M.

    Good book. Narrator was pretty good

  • Ryan

    My favourite part of this entire reading is the post script by Orson himself. Nothing is better than listening to author himself explaining what went into his creating of the book and discussing his views on the subject matter. A delight to listen to and always a wonderful tale to hear.

  • David S.

    I really enjoyed the book

  • Gary G.

    love everything about this book.

  • Yahya H.

    One of my favorite books, if you enjoyed this check out Ender's Shadow.

  • Eric C

    I originally read this book in middle school and feel in love with the book. I wanted to go to Battle School. I was very disappointed in the movie since it was NO WHERE near true to the book. I enjoyed this reading since ight was unabridged and complete. I enjoyed the commentary by the author who help give more understanding to the story. I did not like when the narrator changed to a different person. I liked the ddifferent voices with the conversations at the beginning of the chapters, but not the change in narrators for different sections.

  • Brooklyn M

    Amazing!!!!!!! Couldn’t stop listening. So captivating.

  • Eric H

    Great book, excellent narration. The voice narrator for Valentine was a little obnoxious as she laid heavily into the (baby-voice) which I find very annoying. Everything else was well worth the listen!!

  • Sara W

    Absolutely horrible. This book has a hard setting to understand

  • Jesse D

    The narrators did a great job speaking between different characters.

  • Josh VanAs

    Absolutely amazing! I loved the narration and the story! It was enthralling and I really enjoyed the authors writing style!

  • Shelby Mccarty

    Brilliant! I loved the book and the narrator. I think I shall continue with the rest of the series.

  • Christian McGarry

    Really good listen. Much better than the movie (obviously) and the plot and narration really keeps you into the story from beginning to end. There were times when it would slow down a bit, and it took a little to get used to the narration, but when after a small adjustment it swept you up into the story

  • Ammad Khan

    I loved this book and the narration was excellent. It is a must have.

  • G H

    Great book, beautifully narrated.

  • Lanae Faires

    Loved reading this book, but listening to it was so awesome! Perfect for a road trip. Husband even enjoyed it!

  • stian evensen

    Love the book , love the narration. Speaker for the dead is next in line... thumbs up!

  • William Adams

    The Orson Scott Card Ender series is a great choice for someone who loves following the progression of a story through many books

  • Ben Deal

    While I watched the movie before the book I thought that the movie was good, now having listened to the book, I have now changed my opinion. The movie vastly undersells this masterpiece. I found myself hooked on every word. This is definitely worth listening to.

  • Michelle sedberry

    Great book...have not seen the movie so the story was fresh for me!

  • Thomas Vo

    Awesome narration (multiple voices) of a great book! Very fast-paced and intense.. I love how descriptive the author was in describing all of the battle sequences.

  • Susan Roberts

    I'm not into Sci-fi books but this story and series will always be one to dive into and enjoy every moment. This was my first audiobook ever to listen to so I enjoyed it all.

  • Nancy Price

    I love this book I think it's one of the best of all time

  • Kristen Knapp

    Love the book and the movie,could do better on framer yhough

  • Matthew Crowe

    I wish I could listen to it again for the first time and feel the emotion all over again.

  • Andrew Watts

    this is an attention grabing story and a very detailed journey

  • Rosemary Cure

    First listened to book on xm book radio. Glad I was able to get it again and listen at my leisure. Good book.

  • Christine Keener

    This is probably my all-time favorite book. I've listened to it three times. We come to truly care for Ender and our emotions are pulled to despair as we see what he's going though. We admire him for his brilliance and goodness. We are blown away by the ending. Amazing book. There is a political sub-plot involving his brother and sister which I don't care for, though. The second and third times I listened, I skipped all of that, which made it perfect. The narrators were excellent. Only one of them in a minor role was a little flat. Stay tuned afterwards for a talk by the author.

  • Cameron Stewart

    It was absolutely incredible. I put it down for ten minutes and then had to continue until the very end.

  • Elizabeth Bosque

    Excellent book! Can't say enough good things about it. It became my new favorite. Read it.

  • Jean-Luc Guedez

    This is an excellent sci-fi novel, highly reccomended. Do not watch the movie, its terrible, you will kick yourself and hate what they have done to it. The book is well written and lets you be in Ender's mind.

  • jolynn collins

    I chose this book because of the author. I was shocked at how vulgar and crude it was. It was terrible. I will avoid this author in the future. He's been totally corupted. I did not finish the book.

  • Duane Mytty

    This was an excellent Audio book. A narrator can make or break a story, The narrator in this case complimented the book excellently. Can't wait to start the other books in this series.

  • Lisa Richie

    I don't get it. I listened to this book because of the overwhelming positive reviews. First of all the book is totally unbelievable. What boy at six can speak that way and I could barely stay awake. Disappointed!!!!

  • Christopher Hardin

    Excellent, gripping story! Just finished this one and already I am hunting down the next one.

  • Tracy Holt

    Loved this book! I read it in 2 days I couldn't put it down.

  • Andrew Schober

    Excellent narration and an engrossing story. 5 stars all-around.

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