This is one of the few science fiction works that I often recommend to people who are not devoted sci-fi readers. Card does such a wonderful job of developing the characters in this book that it's worth the read even if you don't enjoy the science / futurism. This is an intense novel in which the tension--and the final impact--is heightened throughout the piece, and the technology never gets in the way of Card's terrific storytelling skills. The entire Ender series is worth reading, but Ender's Game is already a classic. On an audible note, the narration here was enjoyable and did a nice job capturing the characters.
I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis
I can’t muster up too much positive or negative emotion towards Ender’s Game. It was good in parts. It was not-as-good in other parts. There were exciting parts, and there were boring parts. It’s so well-reviewed on Audible and had been recommended to me by several friends that I figured it must be great. But it never got there for me.
It was an interesting concept, and Ender is an interesting character, but he is constantly beaten down, emotionally, from all angles. I started to feel bad for the kid. Then he fulfills his purpose (rather abruptly, I would say), and then it gets weird, and I ended the book confused. This won’t dissuade me from future sci-fi books, but this isn’t one of my top picks.
...I loved this book! Had no idea where it was going and had to think twice about its premise, but it holds up beautifully. Followed it by listening to "Speaker for the Dead" which I would also recommend (in that order) for new readers (listeners) of Card.
What makes this my very favorite science fiction novel EVER? It's really quite simple--Card makes you a part of his characters. I can't think of an author better at putting the reader in the character's shoes. Nothing will create interest as much as this does.
Of course, if the characters were boring this wouldn't work. No worries there. Whether it's Ender, Graff, Valentine, Peter, or Bean--we are manipulated (by the author) to understand them even when we don't like them.
The story, is fairly straight forward (super-smart boy is drafted to save the world from an alien invasion), but it's the telling that is truly amazing.
The narration was descent. I like that they use different narrators, depending on whose POV we're in. Unfortunately, however, the narrator for Ender is a little monotone. I've heard worse, but I'd like to see a more expressive reader for Ender.
Get this book.
Ender's Game is one heck of a ride. Brilliantly told and very well narrated. There's not much more to say as to not spoil it. This is definitely an essential must have for any type of reader. You won't regret it!
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.
I picked this book up because everyone told me it was great science fiction. In truth, I thought the science was interesting, and some of the games were exciting to see what Ender would do with them, but I couldn't get past the boy's age. If the story had started with Ender just a couple of years older I could have enjoyed this book more. Or, if they had discussed what made Ender so special in more depth, I would have been able to swallow the plot a little better.
However, the author did not sufficiently describe this for me and instead of being able to suspend my disbelief, I was just annoyed. The performance was good, but the story had me shaking my head.
Also, the very, very end was weird. In a book where religion was just skimmed over, suddenly having Ender's words as "holy writ" felt strange. It was like the author told himself he needed to have something spiritual there so he crammed it in and tried to make it fit.
On a whole, however, the book was interesting and I liked the science, so I gave it three stars for the story, five for the performance, and then let it even out at four overall.
Ender's Game and Shadow are those rare works that can be enjoyed by adolescents and retirees. Great writing of an extraordinary story. This has been around a long time and I'm glad I finally found the time to enjoy OSC's signature works.
I have no excuse for waiting so long to listen to/read this book. But it all worked out in the end, because this 20th anniversary edition of the audiobook was brilliant. The narrator was simply perfect, keeping me entranced throughout the whole book. Mr. Card can write, oh, yes he can.
Stefan Rudnicki has become one of my favourite narrators after listening to Ender's Game. His delivery and voices really help to create an image in my mind that is exciting and dramatic, while still being my own.
He needs good material to work with though, and Ender's Game is fantastic. A brilliant premise that kept me up at night listening to just a little bit more, and a little bit more.