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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
For the 20th anniversary of Card's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, Audio Renaissance brings to life the story of child genius Ender Wiggin, who must save the world from malevolent alien "buggers." In his afterword, Card declares, "The ideal presentation of any book of mine is to have excellent actors perform it in audio-only format," and he gets his wish. Much of the story is internal dialogue, and each narrator reads the sections told from the point of view of a particular character, rather than taking on a part as if it were a play. Card's phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer. No narrator tries overmuch to create separate character voices, though each is clearly discernible, and the understated delivery will draw in listeners. 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. Based on the Tor hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-This new young adult edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens, includes an original postscript by the author in which he discusses the origins of the novel. is all about leadership. The novel asks: What does it take to successfully lead men into battle? The buggers have invaded Earth twice. The last time mankind survived only because of the brilliance of Mazer Rackham, commander of the International Fleet. Years later, a third invasion is feared and a new commander is sought. Ender Wiggin is only six years old when he is plucked to succeed Rackham and sent to the space station Battle School. He is isolated, ridiculed, bullied, and persecuted-but he survives and thrives. Using his astonishing intelligence, the boy learns to be a top-notch solider and, despite his youth and small stature, is quickly promoted up the ranks. By the age of 12, Ender learns the art of command and earns the respect and fear of his fellow soldiers. This audio version was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the novel and it's a gem. The audiobook is narrated by a full cast. Stefan Rudniki is particularly good as Ender. Despite Ender's age, this is not a children's novel. Its profound themes (and mild profanity) call for intelligent teens who appreciate a complex novel.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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.
Horn Book Review
Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, and cast. (Middle School, High School)With Earth under a perceived attack from alien "buggers," desperate world leaders recruit child genius Ender Wiggin and begin grooming him for command of Earth's armies, regardless of the damage to Ender's wounded psyche. Although multiple narrators share the reading, the bulk is read by Rudnicki (also the producer and director), who with his 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. The mostly unidentified adjunct narrators (one of whom is, in fact, Card) are also convincing. The bonus material at the end, in which the author talks at length about the origins of Ender's Game -- from inspiration to short story to book -- is downright fascinating. In all, a riveting audio production of Card's classic 1977 novel, which in this ideal format remains as original, disturbing, and ultimately surprising as ever. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.