Audible Treonauts: Orson Scott Card Special

There's been so much talk here and elsewhere of the Treo 650 in recent days that we've lost a little focus on what an amazing device our existing Treo 600 is so we thought that it would be a good opportunity to introduce a little entertainment with Audible's programs.

As I've mentioned previously, I've only recently discovered audiobooks after many years thinking that this was a media category that held zero interest for me.  In a very short time I've made a drastic 180 degrees turn and you could now well and truly say that I'm hooked on these.

Below you will find one of my favourite science fiction books - the fantastic 'Ender' series by Orson Scott Card which I had read some years back and which I have now begun all over again via Audible.

You can stream a sample (in Windows Media Player) of any of the audiobooks below by clicking 'Hear Sample'.  If this is your first Audible purchase you can buy any of the books at 50% off or listen to two programs for FREE with no commitment when you register as either an AudibleListener or PremiumListener.

Ender's Game | Buy Now | Hear Sample | Listen to two audio programs for FREE

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.

Is Ender the General Earth needs? The only way to find out is to throw the child into ever-harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. 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, Peter and Valentine, 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.

This, the author's definitive edition, also includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!

You can, alternatively, also buy the normal book here.

Speaker for the Dead | Buy Now |Hear Sample | Listen to two audio programs for FREE

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. Orson Scott Card infuses this tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious, and cultural contexts.

This, the author's definitive edition of the sequel to Ender's Game, also includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!.

You can, alternatively, also buy the normal book here.

Xenocide | Buy Now | Hear Sample | Listen to two audio programs for FREE

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. The Starways Congress so fears the effect of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way and a second Xenocide seems inevitable, until the Fleet vanishes.

You can, alternatively, also buy the normal book here.

Children of the Mind | Buy Now | Hear Sample | Listen to two audio programs for FREE

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.

Children of the Mind is the fourth and final volume in the original Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Hugo and Nebula award.

You can, alternatively, also buy the normal book here.

Ender's Shadow | Buy Now | Hear Sample | Listen to two audio programs for FREE

From the author of Ender's Game, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning international best seller, comes the parallel novel, Ender's Shadow. In the first book, child-hero Ender Wiggin battles a deadly alien race and wins. But Ender wasn't the only child in his Battle School. There was also Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist and his friend, the only one who was with him in the final battle. Now Card tells Bean's whole story, while expanding and complementing the earlier tale.

You can, alternatively, also buy the normal book here.

Shadow of the Hegemon | Buy Now | Hear Sample | Listen to two audio programs for FREE

Ender's Game told the story of the boy "Ender" Wiggin and his hard-won victory over an alien race that would have destroyed the Earth and all of humanity. But Ender was not the only child in the Battle School. He was just the best of the best. In Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card told the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean - the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist, and his friend.

And now Card continues Bean's story, and finally tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans. At last we learn what happened on Earth after the destruction of the Hive Queen's worlds, after humanity no longer had a single enemy to unify the warring nations. This is 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.

You can, alternatively, also buy the normal book here.


Posted by Andrew on September 1, 2004 at 07:55 AM
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