The Enderverse

21 books in series
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First Meetings Summary

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

"The Polish Boy", a novella written especially for this collection, begins in the years between the first two Bugger Wars when the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. In John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender, they believe they may have found their man. Or boy.

In "Teacher's Pest", also written especially for this collection, a brilliant but insufferably arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now an American university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student named Theresa Brown.

It is many years since the end of the Bugger Wars in "The Investment Counselor". Ender's reputation as a hero and savior has suffered a horrible reversal. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, 20-year-old Ender Wiggin wanders incognito form planet to planet as a fugitive, until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide.

Also here is the original landmark "Ender's Game", which first appeared in 1977.

First Meetings is Orson Scott Card at the height of his considerable powers, featuring his most compelling character.

©2003 Orson Scott Card (P)2003, 2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 4.5

    • First Meetings

    • In the Enderverse
    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Treat For Fans Of The Enderverse

    • By Adrian on 01-10-05

    Regular price: £20.29

  • Book 4.75

    • Pretty Boy

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4 out of 5 stars 47
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 47

    How do you systematically destroy a child with love? It's not something that any parent aspires to do, yet a surprising number come perilously close to achieving it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Truth Glimpsed Through the Eyes of a Child

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-15

    Regular price: £4.79

  • Book 5

    • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
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    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been great. Was only okay.

    • By HR on 03-11-13

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Ender's Game

    • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth's attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Ender Wiggin is six-years-old when it begins. He will grow up fast. This, the special 20th Anniversary Edition, includes an original postscript written and recorded by Orson Scott Card himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You've go to read this!

    • By V. S. on 17-06-05

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 5.5

    • A War of Gifts

    • An Ender Story
    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      5 out of 5 stars 24
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    At Battle School, there is only one purpose, only one curriculum: the strategy and tactics of war. The children are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions. There is no room for cultural differences, no room for religious observances, and certainly no room for Santa Claus.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't need telling

    • By Matthew Thompson on 05-03-15

    Regular price: £13.19

  • Book 6

    • Ender's Shadow

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
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      5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Return to Battle School.

    • By Sara on 21-07-09

    Regular price: £32.89

  • Book 7

    • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Audio rendition of an excellent book

    • By Giulio on 30-10-05

    Regular price: £29.59

  • Book 8

    • Shadow Puppets

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

    Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining continuation of series

    • By Peter on 05-11-09

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 9

    • Shadow of the Giant

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Let's me forgive the last two in the series.

    • By Peter on 02-12-09

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  • Book 10

    • Ender in Exile

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
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    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The final chapter

    • By Roberto on 02-04-14

    Regular price: £32.89

  • Book 11

    • Speaker for the Dead

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 683
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 528
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 532

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Probably my favourite book ever

    • By V. S. on 23-06-05

    Regular price: £29.59

  • Book 12

    • Xenocide

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
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    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not exceptionable.

    • By Nick Long on 19-10-16

    Regular price: £39.39

  • Book 13

    • Children of the Mind

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 227

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fitting ending...

    • By Peter on 19-06-09

    Regular price: £29.59

  • Book 14

    • Shadows in Flight

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fitting finale for Bean.

    • By Leon on 13-01-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Ender’s World

    • Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game
    • By: Orson Scott Card (editor)
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Janis Ian, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic. In Ender’s World almost two dozen writers offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war.

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

    • By: Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Tim Pratt, and others
    • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Emily Janice Card, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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    Best-selling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known science fiction and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories.

    Regular price: £22.39

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