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Ender's Game (Compact Disc)
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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.
About the Author
Born in Richland, Washington, in 1951, Orson Scott Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He lived in Brazil for two years as an unpaid missionary for the Mormon Church and received degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. The author of numerous books in several genres, Card is best known for Ender s Game and his online magazine, Orson Scott Card s InterGalactic Medicine Show (www.oscIGMS.com). He teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University and lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of "AudioFile" s Golden Voices in 2012.
Harlan Ellison has won countless awards in his literary career, including the Edgar, the Hugo, and the Nebula. He lives in California.
"This audio version was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the novel and it's a gem…. Stefan Rudnicki is particularly good as Ender." - School Library Journal, Starred Review "[Rudnicki’s] deep, dispassionate, and sometimes lacerating voice gives a mesmerizing performance, managing to make Ender believable both as a vulnerable boy and as a brilliant military strategist…. a riveting audio production of Card’s classic 1977 novel, which in this ideal format remains as original, disturbing, and ultimately surprising as ever." - Horn Book "Rudnicki, the main narrator and voice of Ender, reads in a cool, almost emotionless manner, which seems just right for this dark life-or-death tale. Rudnicki excels when reading the students’ Battle School dialogue, a rhythmic slang used by the cadets…. De Cuir portrays Ender’s beloved sister, who remains on Earth. Her reading is as cool as Rudnicki’s but with a bit more emotion, a suitable match for the more volatile sibling." - Booklist "I've saved my favorite for last; if you loved Ender's Game, you will go nuts for these fantastic full-cast recordings." - Examiner.com on Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow