I read this series when I was 11 years old and I loved it and I am glad that I discovered this series again. I can see why Ender's Game won Nebula and Hugo Awards, the story shows that how can humanity can lose it moral compass when it threaten. (the end justified the mean)
This is easily one of my favorite reads. I read it then bought the audio book
And the performances were great. I've listen to this book countless times and I never get tired of it. Enders wiggins carries the weight of human salvation on his shoulders and you can't help but feel for him as he is pushed beyond the limits of a normal person, only he is just a child but he never is given the chance to be one. This book does not disappoint and I can't recommend it enough!
I don't know who the female narrator is who begins reading the Valentine scenes in Part 1 (Kate Reading, maybe?), but all I can say is, thank goodness I have a Kindle. I love this book, and am loathe to ruin it with her whiney, melodramatic, very un-Valentine portrayal. Which is unfortunate, because the other dramatized narration by Rudnicki and Ellison is fantastic and really pulled me into this exciting story.
The use of several voices bring this story to life. This futuristic story appeals to boys and girls, both young and old. The level of intelligence of the characters cause you to forget they are children and you truly are drawn into the world of the Bugger Wars and Ender's mind.
A good audiobook is like a fine wine. Priceless...
Really enjoyed this audiobook. My all time favourite sci-fi audiobook is Dune but this definitely comes close.
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.