Wow! If you have read this book (or not), do yourself a favor and get the audiobook. If any book was meant to be heard instead of read, this is it!
Most Science Fiction and Fantasy I have read is entertaining, but has little enduring litary value. Ender's Game is an exception to the rule. This novel carries themes and ideas that lead to reader to think about the writing, rather than just be entertained by it.
It doesn't hurt that Card's writing is wonderful. The novel is full of detailed, exciting descriptions of actions sequences, political intrigue, and great soliloquy. It is also ripe with dramatic irony.
The audio production is good. The narrators (except for the one woman) are all very good readers. There are full dramatizations that, at parts, feel out-of-place. There are unique challenges to conveying passages of pure dialogue with no narration, though, and it is a good compromise. It is not the best audio production, but it does not take from the novel either.
It is an interesting footnote that Card's predictions in the 1980s of far-future video games and simulators would be spot-on to how they are today in the 21st century.
Card's audio commentary after the novel is insightful and entertaining. It is neat to know that the novel first existed as a short story in the 1960s, for example, and that he had been told all along that "Ender's Game" was a terrible title. It also shows the shrewdness in which he dealt with marketing the novel.
This is one of my favorite Science Fiction novels, and one of my favorite books overall. I recommend it to fans of Sci-Fi and good writing alike!
Guess my title say's it all. But seriously, this book is well written, entertaining, and very ahead of its time. Kudos to the author.
The narrator is very good. There is a bit of weird music at the beginning of chapters, but it is not distracting. There is also an afterword by Orson Scott Card at the end.
This book definitely took a while to get my full interest. It began a little slowly and seemed a little boring, but thankfully I continued to listen. By the end though, I realized just how well thought out this story was. It was a good story and well worth listening to. I wish I could give it a 4.5 rating!
What can i say it is about a boy that is the ONE!!! that going to save earth. Im going to get all the book in the series beecouse i love this one so much. This first book is about him getting to go to a school for kids like him to learn how to fight but he is going to learn he is the one that is going to save earth and how good he is at his fate of being the ONE!!!!
Perents that are going to buy this for there kids it is a book for pre-teens and up.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book I have to say. I have read it several times and was interested to see what this would be like. It felt genuine and authentic if you get my drift. The use of multiple narrators really helped and I got a real sense of the book and how I originally read it in my head.
I would definately recommend this for a long plane ride, I listed to this on parts of the Inca trail in Peru and on the flight back. Simply excellent.