This book, while entertaining, contains almost zero conflict. It should be used as an entertainment to pass time, but it's certainly no four or five star novel. The conflict is almost zero, both internally and externally, and as well (spoiler alert) you are tricked into the resolution as is the main character. While I enjoyed the development of his internal mind as it progressed through the stages of strategy, the rest was really lacking. The author is definitely a skilled writer, it's too bad he didn't use his expert skills more wisely on this novel...but I guess we've all got to start somewhere. He should have developed the character and the story much further before publishing this, I'd guess that he just has a huge following by people who are not familiar with good science fiction, and that's why he has such high ratings for this book. Also, he utilizes a strange internal game as some sort of metaphor, but it as well is never developed, and in essence, becomes meaningless through the progression of the novel. What could have been a great five star novel became this through laziness on the author's part.
I'd not read this again, as I would a four or five star novel. If you want good, clean science fiction, read Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, or Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (on a side note, Alan Cumming should be knighted for his readings of Leviathan and Behemoth--purely amazing).
Ender's Game is a great story, no questions asked. The only reason for the 4 star review has not to do with the content of this audiobook, but the company exchanged sound quality (roughly casset tape quality) for disk space. It would have been nice to have the option of downloading either a high quality high disk space version, or low quality low disk space version.
This being my first (and most likely last) purchase, I was also very disappointed in Amazon for slapping a DRM on the audio files. What this will mean to the user is that the files downloaded (.aa format) will only be able to be played with audible's third party media player. Therefore, any machine you wish to play this audiobook on must have audible's software installed. My job often involves working on different machines, so I'll remote into my home server to listen to media, but that's not an option in this case.
Despite all this, Ender's Game is a great read/listen, and I highly recommend anyone to purchase it, if not here than elsewhere.
I was dissapointed with this book. It had received so many good reviews but I found the story a bit dull. Struggled to finish it.
This is hands down the best book in my library. I've downloaded over 50 books from Audible, The Wheel of Time, Mistborn, A song of Ice and Fire, The First Law.....I like them all, but Ender's Game is better. The story is great, the narrator is great, and the characters are great! If you like sci-fi\fantasy at all you will be happy.
I first read Ender's Game over twenty years ago as an adolescent, so I wasn't sure how my middle aged mind would perceive a story that mostly featured children. Good writing ages well, and it was great to be reacquainted with Ender and his friends from the battleschool. This is a great story that reminded of two biographies I read recently: Mao's Last Dancer and Andre Agassi's Open. Both these true stories echoed Ender's experience of a gifted child in the hands of single minded and extreme adults bent on getting the best out of a child, and depriving the child of a normal life; means justified by the end. Ender's game is a very psychological story that builds your empathy with Ender and his toon. Orson Scott Card narrated his story of the development of Ender's Game, a nice way to round off the anniversary edition. The audio book was very well narrated and easy to listen to.
No wonder Ender's game is such a classic. Great writing, fantastic plot.
But, the narration for this title left me very dissatisfied. The male voices work well, the female--who reads for Valentine--is teeth-gratingly bad. She reads like a character in a Victorian melodrama, not quite right for this book.
The characters were scared, unhappy, in pain, and generally miserable the entire time. There was also some violence that I didn't anticipate. The sci-fi part is interesting, though not interesting enough to make up for the overall sadness.
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.