So - Ender has been in our Universe for 20 years. He continues to capture the imagination and heart of his readers with the immensity of his achievements and the tragedy of the price he pays. He will always be that 6 year old boy, the 3rd, born solely for the purpose of being assessed when the 1st and 2nd's didn't come up to scratch. Such a little boy with such a big heart and soul; and mind.
Indeed, Ender is such a real character that as a reader I can easily overlook the phenomenal mind that created him. Because Ender is only a character, the genius of the book has to be the author, Orson Scott Card, who in the 2 decades since Ender's conception has gone on to create and entire universe, an Enderverse, around him and the people and creatures he comes across.
In the Enderverse, all understanding and belief about The World has to be suspended - how did OSC manage to make it all so believable and realistic? The great mind is that of the author, but he very skilfully hides himself behind his masterpiece - Andrew/Ender Wiggin.
Excellent science fiction and fantasy. Can be appreciated by all ages from about 10 years to forever....To never have read about Ender will make your life less complete!
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
I'm not sure I'm qualified to review this book. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would but I still enjoyed it a lot. Perhaps it didn't live up to its expectations for me since I heard so many good things about it before I downloaded it. I liked the premise of the story with a young boy having way more responsibility than someone of his age should ever have and fighting his way through battle school. Our hero (Ender) goes through lots of soul searching and has to make a lot of tough decisions. He always seems to come out on top but being at the top can have some drawbacks.
I just discovered Ender's Game this year and it is now one of my all time favorites. I've recommended it to friends and family.
It's very entertaining and inspiring, especially the portions of the book dealing with leadership and strategy.
I haven't read the printed portion but I thought the performance on the audio book was great and enhanced the story. Some narrators I've listened to in the past have come across as annoying but I didn't find that to be the case with Ender's Game.
This one is definitely a classic and I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
I love the fact that the lead is a child and the story does not have a romantic element. The beauty of the story is Ender's genius and innocence, which would be spoiled if that element was added.
Ender's ability to overcome any obstacle and naively believe he is doing the right thing by doing what the adults want and yet hating it at the same time. It is a sort of allegory for "pre-teen rebellion"? If that is a thing? He does not like what the adults do but he innocently does as he is told without questioning...up to a point.
I think the performance comes across as a little monotone and dry, slightly inappropriate especially when Ender has dialogue because he is so young. A higher voice may have worked better. Still, well done.
I would be one step behind the studios in 2013 already, but I would say "Innocence Lost"
The narration really brought the story to life. I have read the book in print, but never imagined the characters as vividly as when I listened to the audio version. We started out listening as a family, then my husband and I listened ahead when the kids fell asleep in the car. We didn't mind going back to hear it again when they were awake!
creative, emotional, thought-provoking
I like the main narrator and how he portrays Ender. Some of the other narrators weren't as strong, but overall a good performance by all.
This is one of those books that makes you think about the universe and what else could be out there, as well as how we, as a race, would react to such contact from the inhabitants of other worlds. The way the book is portrayed, through Ender's experiences rather than detailing a lot of sci fi info is well done also, and you really feel his range of emotions.
Philosophy, Science, Econ, Sci Fi, Medicine for now...
I'm not sure it has the replay value, but I'm told Ender's Shadow is a great read and covers some of the same ground.
great vocal range, very listenable, good enunciation and the different voices gave some pep and verve to the performance.
Small things matter.
They are all great!
Less childish intonation.
I don't live in Enders time but his pressures feel true to me even now. I identify with Ender and it has made me stronger.
The book is an easy read with lots of turns and twists. i enjoy a book that is not predictable yet not unbelievable. a recommended read for all sic-fi fans.
Poor young Ender!
It isn't really a fair comparison, but I could compare it to Hunger Games in a few ways. The fact that the characters are children is a really important factor.
My favorite character is actually Colonol Graff. He is dynamic wih lots of sides to his personality.
One boy's fate is connected to the world.
Usually audiobooks with multiple casts distract me. This was the most seamless and well-performed multi-cast production I've seen. I read Ender's Game long ago and this was a great way to experience the story again!