Awesome book. Just became probably my favorite sci-fi books and now i've download the next book in the series, "Speaker for the dead" and am looking forward to reading it.
Recommended to me by one of Special Force's buddies. I liked the way the author's main character, Ender, would use military strategy/tactics to exploit an enemy and not only stop an enemy but defeat the enemy from any future aggressions. I can't believe I didn't read this book years ago. Don't wait like I did. Read or listen to this book, you won't be disappointed.
This was the first time I'd read this author, and can only agree with the other reviews. I thought it was a fantastic book - loved the story, the narration was excellent, and I couldn't wait to get to my next listening opportunity.
I read Enders Game 18 years ago and loved it! Our whole family are Orson Scott Card fans and read most of his books(Historical fiction is also his specialty.) He's a facinating and brilliant writer. The audio versions here are wonderful!
Just to clarify...Enders Game has four books in it's series:
Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.
Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hedgemon, Shadow Puppets and a fourth book pending, are a brilliant "Mirror" series following the same events in the first four books but from the point of view of the other characters in Ender's Game. Brilliant! They are totally new stories with new characters and insight. Get them all!
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is one of my "comfort" books - I can pick it up and just read from any point when I want a break from things. So I was really excited to be able to have it on my iPod. The reader of this edition has very odd speech patterns - some sentences become hurried, others drag out. It doesn't seem to make sense in context of what is being said, either. I'm still happy to have it, but I wish they had picked a different reader, or had a better director. Also, the fact that it is an older man with such a deep voice seems incongruent (to me) given how much of the story is 6-12 year-old children talking.
A fantastic narration for this sci-fi treasure. Fell in love with the book ages ago, and enjoyed the vivid imagery that came flooding back in the narration of this audible audio book version.
Just prior to reading (listening to) Ender's Game, I had read Dan Brown's titles: The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons. I loved the Dan Brown books, but Ender's Game was even better.
Ender Wiggen is a character for the ages. His story will live on through time for those who believe that our minds do have tremendous power, but still enjoy the action, suspense, drama and emotion of a good story. If you are reading this review, stop - and start reading Ender's Game. It doesn't get any better.
Yes! Most decidedly. Very imaganitive, great dialogue, Great story. I have a few nit picky details that I have qualms with, but I would give it a 98 out of 100 save those few things. Having been in the military for 12 years, I am contstantly amazed at how people who have'nt been in the military confuse dicipline with abuse. Read Heinleins Star Ship Troopers, (a book thats shares a simular primise with Enders Game), if you want to know what the military is like.I also say a lot of bullying goes on in this book, and that does not happen in the military any more than in civilian life.That being said, I thourghly enjoyed listening to this book, and would definitly get the rest of the series. I give it 5 Stars and you should really get this one if you can.
That would be giving away the ending, but I was totally fooled, and I am a pretty smart guy.
Rudnicki's Ender is wonderful, and Rudnicki is a narrative God! Harlan's okey I really like the Bova Book, City on the edge of Darkness that Harlan did. Its one of my top favorites, in science fiction. I guess I think of Harlan as a writer, which is probebly unfair.
I love the battles in the Battle school, it was very creative, and I have always loved stories of Military school, having been in one myself.
No way can you go wrong getting this book to listen to.Great Story!
I'm just not sure why thsi book gets so much attention. I forced myself to finish it. I can tell the author is a good writer, but the story just gets a little dry. It was hard to get into a 9 year old character who has no freedom, few choices, who spends most of his time in non-dangerous simulations, and the strategies of which are hazy and made up. This means when the lead character 'outsmarts' his opponents, we just have to accept it was a superior strategy. Anyway, there was another problem with he story at the end, but I dont' want to include spoilers.
It is my goal in life to read (or listen) to avery book that has been awarded a Nebula or Hugo award. They have never let me down, but I was doubtful about the Ender Saga; I mean, how much can you add to the basic premise of a boy in training? A lot! Like many other Nebula and Hugo award winers, the power of this book is in the detailed world in which Card immerses his readers. A rich and detailed book, Enders Game, can, and will transport almost everyone in to a new and gritty world that is a joy to observe though the eyes of a child. The readers do an excellent job at bringing out the overall mood of the novel. I particularly enjoyed the bits with Harlan Ellison, who is a great reader. Another great listen. I give it five stars.