It was ok. I think it has definitely been overhyped too much over the years. I tried to read it a couple of times years ago but for some reason I never was able to finish it. The idea of training a little boy for a future war is definitely intriguing, however some plot points did not make sense to me. I found it hard to believe that the entire earth would put their fate into the hands of a little boy to save them. I did like how Ender was portrayed. He did feel like a little boy to me. HIs thoughts and language were all of a little boy who starts off scared and turns into a military commander. Not sure if I will continue to read the rest of the series but I was glad I was able to complete it and put it on my "complete" shelf after so many years! I thought the narration was great however.
Just returned from a long 10 hour drive for business and would be willing to drive another 10 hours if the audio book had more story. This book will defy your expectations of sci-fi as it is great stand-alone literature. The combination of the audio performance and story itself results a life-enriching literary/theatrical experience.
I was extremely happy with this audio version of the classic Ender's Game. The voice of the main character took a bit of time to get into but I eventually accepted it as Ender. I could listen to this one over and over.
The extra portion from Orson Scott Card at the end of the story was great as well. Highly recommended.
Orson Scott Card put a postscript in this audible version of Ender's Game. Although I would have liked to listen to it first, it would have made little sense until the novel had been heard. The evolution of the book, including through short story and screenplay, are fascination insights into why some authors seem to write for the "silver screen" when they put a novel together.
Altogether enjoyable and captivating--too soon over and hard to put away.
Although book targeted at kids... it was engaging & thought provoking for me too.
I enjoyed this. It was an intriguing, cleverly written story, well read. It didn't hold me in suspense at any point and I didn't miss the characters after the novel was finished, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. Also the fact that the characters were 6, 10, and 12, and conversed like 40 year-olds forced me time and again to consciously suspend my disbelief. I've had to do that before in Scifi and Fantasy. I wonder why they don't just make their protagonists 2 years old and be done with it. Then at least the nagging "but a 2 year old can't argue politics" aspect would be too silly to actually bug me.
Anyway, glad I read it (or listened to it)!
Best sci-fi that I have ever read and this audiobook's production does the book justice. This is a must-read for me and I cannot recommend it any more strongly. Great book! Good narration. Would give it 6 stars if I could!
With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.
Orson Scott Card has yet to fail me in his books. Ender kept me wondering what would happen next, and I plan to continue on in the series. I love that this kid is the most powerful underdog in the universe. You would expect a book about a child to read as if it were intended for children, but it is too powerful a story to be considered a children's book, although my kids would probably enjoy it as well.
I also liked the different voices for the narration; it really brought the characters to life.
This book was amazing! It is one of the few that I had to tell everyone about including everyone on my facebook page! Why? What made this book special? There were so many layers to the ending of this book that I was just flabbergasted. I went through similar emotions to Ender when he realized that things weren't what he believed them to be either.
For me this book utterly defines Sci-Fi! On every level it excels. The description of the way that we might live many years into the future was original and dynamic. The characters were varied and well developed. Ender's Game's overall plot was well structured and compelling. This is a fantastic book.
One thing that was particularly well done was the author's ability to give the antagonist's such depth and dimension. Even the bugs were not depicted as something simple such as evil. In the end, they did not even realize that they were attacking and destroying sentient beings. Did I mention that the plot was rich enough to provide multitudes of additional storylines. I highly recommend this book to both young and old to new Sci-Fi readers and veterans. It is one of the best books that I have ever read regardless of genre.