This my first OSC book. Apparently this is an old story, OSC first wrote a short story in 1977, and developed it into a novel in 1985. And in November of 2013 it's being released in theaters.
This book reminds me of a movie starring Kurt Russell, "Soldier" released in 1998. A soldier raised from birth to follow orders. In Russell's movie, he becomes obsolete after serving his planet and is replaced by a newer and better model.
In Ender's Game, Andrew "Ender" Wiggins, is recruited at an early age of 5 years old to learn the ways of war. Similar to the way Roman boys where trained to serve Rome. Considering that OSC, Enders Game pre-dates Solider. The guy who wrote that movie must have read Enders Game when he was a kid and the movie had to inspired in spirit by OSC.
I love the fact that each character is well developed, there are so many of them that its easy enough to relate to one or two of them. Some of the other reviews said that this was a great series and as successful as Harry Potter. I just downloaded the Second book in the series. But if OSC is able to do repeat what he did in Enders Game then, expect to see a 4-5 movie series.
If your thinking of getting this book, you won't be disappointed.
I should have said it resembles tea.
I have been a lover of all things sci fi for years, and somehow was never aware of this series. I heard about the movie coming out, and thought I'd check out the book (as I generally do) prior to seeing the film. I was instantly hooked. This is one of the finest science fiction novels I've ever read, and had a moral to it that added a lot of depth at the end. I'm working my way through the series and cannot wait to find out what happened after the conclusion of Ender's Game.
This book is amazing, if you are a big science fiction fan, this book is for you. The narration is perfect, the choice fo words are also perfect. and it paints this perfect image of whats going on.
The reader/listener really get's into Enders head and his reasoning for his actions and this is contrasted with the bigger picture view of the world and of Ender himself from the other characters. Interesting example of the question "how far could you go to save the world".
Great pace, characters and story. The scale of the action changes as Ender grows.
Can't ask for more in an audio book then what is delivered here.
There are a number of times where the truth is revealed that add significant weight to events and you really feel for Ender and his plight.
An instant favourite
Definitely for people who like hero-development type of books.
Really liked the switches to different characters. One favorite moment was when the narrative switched to what was happening back on Earth to Valentine and Peter- the author did an awesome job at making Peter appear rather...scary.
The performance by these guys is marvelous! They really bring this story to life. They put a lot of emotion into the reading. Especially like when they read the teachers' lines- they sound very authentic.
A woman reads the parts where the point of view shifts into the mind of the girl, Valentine, and that is a really neat experience.
They put out a really unique performance.
Great book to marathon through.
This audible book was amazing, I always loved the book as a kid but revisiting the read at an more accelerated rate via audible made it nice to hear the whole story without that many breaks keeping the story fresh in my mind due to the wonderful narrations and story that paints a grand picture of Ender's struggle to grow up in a world at war in the future.
I still have this book downloaded to my phone and have started listening to it again already. The story itself is great and I have read the book once before, but the narration made this work come to life in a way that I never thought possible.
Griff by far at his best in this book. Got to love his attitude toward the world.
Having read the paper back version of this book I found my self amazed by the ability of the narrators to bring the story to life in my mind. having the ability to sit back close my eyes and see the story in my mind made listen to this book an unbelievable experience.
Many of the books that I listen to brad my attention but the Ender Series for some reason do it more so then many others. I am always disappointed to look down and see the book is nearly half over, even though I know I still have about 6 hours of listening time left.
The narration and the work itself were great, together they rival with perfection!
The characters! I feel as if I have met Ender and the other characters in the book, especially Ender's sister, Valentine.
Speaker for the Dead - same author, characters and narration cast.
The audio book dramatisation brought to the story by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison and team makes the audio book live, its like listening to a play rather than a simple narration of the book.
I loved this book and it left a deep, positive impression on me. based on this I sought out more books by the same author and the same audio team of Stefan Rudnicki et al.
Without a doubt the best audio book I have ever listened to and felt part of.
Love this story, felt disappointed with the readers, both of them. I know this is probably impossible to match up but I didn't feel that Ender's voice especially, was understood. He sounded petty and irritated all the time.
Say something about yourself!
The selling point of Ender's Game is that it combines solid science fiction, a plot whose parts tightly hook into each other, and a detailed view into the protagonist's mind that leaves you feeling what the protagonist feels and wondering what the protagonist wonders.
Stefan Rudnicki's performance is as good as ever, and in my mind Ender only really comes to life when narrated by him. The performance of Harlan Ellison and the other voice actors is rather decent. Not as overwhelming as Rudnicki's, but the variety still improves the experience instead of breaking the flow.
As for what defines the plot, I believe the very detailed descriptions of Ender's feelings, the problems he is faced with, and the various ideas to deal with those problems is what keeps you listening. It becomes very easy to associate with Ender, and very rarely does the protagonist do something so obviously stupid that this "bond" the author creates between the protagonist and the reader is shaken.
The really amazing part about this are the parts of the book that border on psycho-analysis. Ender during the book is faced with several dreams, or dream-like situations, which use heavy symbolism to reflect Ender's psyche, and by extension, that reflect the reader's emulation of Ender's psyche.
This combination of Ender's explicit feelings, Ender's subconsciousness, the reader's explicit feelings, and the reader's subconsciousness is truly mind-boggling, and if you do not take breaks between reading, you may find yourself shouting "I am not Peter!".
Unfortunately, the overall plot has some gaping plot holes which are not reconciled easily. A healthy dose of willing suspension of disbelief will certainly enable you to enjoy this book, but do not expect the book to end in any way that makes sense, or the mysteries to be resolved in a satisfying way.
The writing style is very enjoyable, Card has his own style which perfectly underlines the focus of the plot on Ender's thought and reasoning.