I'm just an ordinary average guy.
I'm a fan of old school science fiction (Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein), so I'm usually reluctant to try newer authors. However, when I listened to Ender's Game, I was simply blown away. It wasn't just that the characters were endearing and that the story was engaging, but that the science was never so bad that it made me roll my eyes. I could listen to this 10 times and not get tired of it. Overall, I have to say that as far as entertainment value goes, this work of science fiction outdoes any Asimov, Clarke or Heinlein novel for me. It's not as philosophically strong as the best work of those three, but it does have plenty of food for thought. I highly recommend it.
I first read this book in High School. Throughout the years I have listed to this book many times since it is one of my favorites. The story is great and its all viewed from the point of view of Ender. If you have not read this book, do so and then read/ listen to Ender's Shadow, the book about Bean Enders 2nd in command. These 2 books go well together. I have recommended this book many times to friends and I now recommend it to you.
I decided to give EG a try and was amazed how solid the story was. You are rooting for Ender from the get go and I found myself amazed that I had never heard of Ender prior to looking for something new on Audible. It has something for everyone, it's action packed while being introspective.
If there was one audibook that I would recommend to someone, this would be it.
In the not too distant past, the Earth survived a war with the Buggers, an insect-like alien race. One military man, Mazer Rackham, was able to make the difference in the war for humanity, but it is widely feared that the Buggers will be back. To prepare, the government has taken to monitoring the Earth for the next military genius. Everyone who is considered a candidate is taken from their families at a young age and placed into an orbital Battle School. Ender Wiggin, at 6 years old, is considered to be the best candidate – Ender’s Game is his story.
Ender’s brother (Peter) and sister (Valentine) also play a large role. They are both older than Ender, and both extremely intelligent. They also were both passed over for Battle School, one for being too dangerous and one for being too compassionate. They have their own way of influencing the events of the world, even though they are no longer considered for the military.
Battle School is centered on a game in which teams (armies) of kids fight each other in a zero-g environment. They carry guns that shoot low power lasers and wear suits that react to those lasers by freezing wherever they are hit. By playing the game, the students are training in three dimensional combat, and the competition aboard the Battle Station is fierce.
Ender not only deals with the other students in this competition, but also the teachers of the School as they place him in more and more difficult circumstances. The story has much to say about means and ends, both personal and political.
Even though I had read it three times over the past 14 years, I was glued to this audio version as if I didn’t know what was going to happen. The audio is a treat. Stefan Rudnicki performs the main narrator duties, while a number of others perform the conversations amongst the adults, which occur at the beginning of each chapter. Orson Scott Card also recorded a postscript in which he discusses the origins of Ender’s Game as a novel. First-rate.
I absolutely love listening to books as well as reading print. Audible is crucial to getting through my day.
This is one of those stories that I think everyone needs to listen to. The voice acting is incredible and makes this one of the best novels I have ever listened to. This is the only book I have ever read/listened to that had my jaw on the floor at multiple times, not just the climax of the plot.It's the kind of novel that you wouldn't be able to stop listening to. Remember: The enemies gate is down.
I have loved Ender's game since I was 11 years old, now I am 24! I liked the use of multiple narrators for the different subplots. I couldn't really get used to Valentine's narrator, however. She sounded way too haughty, not the way I imagined Valentine. I found myself getting very annoyed with Valentine.
The narrators are what grab you at first until the story gets intense that you forget the narrators and are completely into the story. Great audible book - would recommend it to anyone.
Great story, even better when you consider how long ago the book was written.
Worth the download.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, hooked on it from start to finish. What a great story, very well narrated too. As soon as you realize that the main characters are very young and highly intelligent children you know you're getting your sought after sci-fi story.
It is full of emotions, gripping battles and side plots important to the development of Ender.
I want more!