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Ender's game
Audio Book on CD
2004
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  Library Journal Review

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is a brilliant child who is sent to the orbiting Battle School for intensive military training. He is pressured by the adults in his life to be the savior the Earth needs in the war against the Buggers, the alien race that has plagued humans for over a hundred years. Main narrator Stefan Rudnicki is supported by other cast members sporadically throughout the novel. Rudnicki's partially roboticized tone is appropriate for Ender's overly logical character, but his interpretation of the Battle School boys' colloquial terms can be irritating. However, Ender's story has been popular since the 1970s because of the character's straightforward brilliance and heart-felt emotions. Verdict With this new recording and a movie tie-in cover, this classic will resonate with a new generation of listeners.-Samantha Matush, Clara B. Mounce P.L., Bryant, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Six-year-old Ender Wiggins, a star pupil in Battle School, suddenly finds himself in a real war when he's chosen to lead Earth's people to victory in an interstellar battle against insectoid aliens.
Summary
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 Schoolfor 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.
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