• by Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
  • Narrated by Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An original science fiction tale by the best-selling author of Ender’s Game and his daughter.
Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared. Due to the unique alien construction of the Laddertop space stations, only a skilled crew of children can perform the maintenance necessary to keep the stations up and running.
Back on Earth, competition is fierce to enter Laddertop Academy. It is an honor few students will achieve. Best friends Robbi and Azure, two 11-year-old girls who are candidates for the academy, will become entangled in a dangerous mystery that may help them solve the riddle of the Givers—if it doesn’t destroy the Earth first.


What the Critics Say

“The main characters in this volume are largely female, strong and intelligent, a wonderful departure from maledominated extraterrestrial offerings…An intriguing beginning—readers will clamor for the followup.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

For immature readers (no offense intended).

What disappointed you about Laddertop?

Quite a few things unfortunately. I've read and then have listened to almost every OSC novel. I don't really enjoy short stories because there's usually no real depth. I was amazed really that the book is read like a dramatized play, like an old time players theater when radio was the only entertainment, with sound effects and da-da-ta-duuuh music. Very distracting to me. The story and the writing is very simple and the childish voices (but then, this is a book about children which included their self-centered view of life) were a bit irritating. That was probably my biggest disappointment. That is until I reached the end of the book. The last few lines took a weird left turn and then, huh? It's over? I had to back it up and listen to the ending again. Perhaps I missed something. The last section seemed to have no relevance to the direction of the story. I suppose this could be the first of a series but the first book is usually 3.5 plus hours long. I fear this is the book. The end.

What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card ’s story?

The silliness of the kid's interactions. I'm used to OSC's kids being more mature, even when they're 5 or 6 years old. These kids were probably more true to life. The conversations were petty and immature. For this reason pre-adolescents would probably enjoy the story and presentation better. The adults in the story were shallow. And one more thing. The conversations of the adults made it seem they were discussing the intentions of the Givers for the first time instead of having 25 years of experience with the incomprehensible equipment.

Which character – as performed by Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

Didn't really have one. If I have to pick it would be Roberta.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and a bit of disbelieve that this was an Orson Scott Card book.

Any additional comments?

I had similar reactions to Pretty Boy and Space Boy which I had listened too just before Laddertop. Come on.... did Mr. Card really write these books? (No offense intended.)

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- Brad

what a let down

I am a fan of Card. I enjoy his style of story telling and his character development.

When I downloaded this I expected a short story but not one that lacked depth. It seemed like I purchased a pre-release introduction. After good character and plot introduction the story stopped. What happened to the next 10 hours of story line?

I am actually going to ask for a refund on this one.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.