This is a classic by Orson Scott Card and is the first book in the Enders series. This was originally written as a standalone book but the author has gone back to expanded the universe. So if you enjoyed this one and would like to see what happens next there are several more books to follow this one. In Ender's Game humanity finds itself at war with space aliens that are basically giant bugs. I found myself forgetting at times how young the "soldiers" were. When Ender starts at the War School he is only 6 years old, but Ender and the other soldiers there are unlike any child you know. They are all genus children being trained to command an Army against hostile bugs. If you haven't read this one yet I would definitely pick this one up. Plus Hollywood is making a movie based on this book and is due out in November of 2013.
This is my first audio book and it was a great choice. The story is good and I found the narration easy to listen to. This is a great story for all people even if you don't like Science Fiction stories. I am just trying to decide if I want to go with the "Shadow" series or move on to Speaker of the Dead.
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.
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.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
I downloaded this book to listen to because my son was reading the book for school. Based on the very high ratings, I expected the book to be amongst the best sci-fi ever written. Possibly because of the ratings, I was a little bit disappointed, but not greatly so.
Not to say that it wasn't a good read. The first twist at the end was pretty unexpected, however the second twist was not as big of a surprise.
All in all it is a good solid read - I just wouldn't agree that it is one of the greatest science fiction books of all time - nowhere near something like "Jurassic Park", "Timeline", "THX 1138" or "Z for Zachariah".
The story of how this book started out as a short story (during the closing interview with Orson Scott Card) and eventually became a book was really interesting.
I will say that I am interested in reading the other books in the series, having finished this one.
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!
I am one that does not usually rate audio books, generally they are somewhat the same and only add to the author's imagination when they create new fandangled contraptions to capture the readers attention. I took a chance a listened to Enders Game and was very surprised to find that the numerous reviews I read before making the purchase were very right. This audio was very good and kept my attention throughout the entire set of disks. After you listen to this one, I am confident that you will turn to the other audio books in the series and listen to them all. You may find after listening to each of them you will establish an order of favorites for yourself. Take a chance and listen to this one first and you will be hooked on the series as well.
Not a bad book, but it also was not profound, nor particularly exciting or funny. I just was never pulled into it and I had hoped - after reading the reviews - that it would have been a pleasure. For me, it just passed the time.