Reasonable plot, fun to listen to. It's not exactly thought-provoking, but it's a good diversion. The narration was good, though the woman who reads Valentine's voice is a bit whiny. I read the paper version in high school, and it's still pretty enjoyable 15 years later to listen to.
Not being into polictics or the military, I wasn't sure this book would appeal to me. However, it quickly had me in its grip and I eagerly listened to every minute. The characters were compelling and real. The story was interesting, spanning years but with a sense of urgency that moved it quickly along. It was completely fascinating from beginning to end. The end was surprising, yet believable and I couldn't wait to hear more about Ender Wiggin. I've already ordered Speaker for the Dead. The only negative I could give it would be that a couple of the narrators are mildly annoying. The main narrator has a habit of ending his sentences with an upward lilt, as if he was asking a question when he is not. The female narrator has the most melancholy voice I have ever heard. Though this is not really out of character for what she is reading, it took some getting used to. I did get used to both voices after a few chapters and it certainly did not keep me from enjoying the story.
Not one for adventure or "boy" stories, this tale so gripped me that I'm still thinking through and talking about the things I'm learning from it (and I'm a middle-aged, relatively enlightened woman!)! On to Speaker for the Dead. I want to know more about this character's thoughts; he lives in that amazing space between one's heart and one's mind, that most effective place which leads us to our destiny despite ourselves.
I read this book several years ago. It initiated so much discussion then that I was hooked when I saw it in audio. The audio was even more enjoyable than the book. Sometimes hearing a story can give an entirely different slant and explanation of a book. This one initated more discussion (my definition of a great book) and elicited many opinions! The interview with the author is fascinating and informative!
This whole series is absolutely fantastic! I have now heard all the Ender books available on Audible and can't wait for more.
As a died in the wool espionage novel reader this book and its summary would never have intrigued me. Having read nothing but Ludlum, Clancy, Littel, Koontz and other espionage/mystery authors over the past year or two I decided to try something new. Relying on best seller lists and reader reviews the high rating of this virtually jumped from the page. Why not take a plunge? This was simply one of the best investments I have made! Running back to get more in this series.
Great use of different readers to adequately project the characters (always hate when one reader tries to do all of the characters including characters of the opposite sex). Story development thorough and intriguing. Never lost my interest. Couldn't wait to get back to it.
Outstanding work. Its not a 4.7, 4.8 or 4.9, a full 5.0!
Man - I am having a great time with audible.com and my OTIS thingy. I have listened to about 10 books so far during commutes and only one was a stinker. Enders Game is wonderful, and I don't really dig Science Fiction much any more. I did as a kid, but now I am really into political intrigue and legal intrigue novels. This book is great and you will enjoy it.
This book grabbed me right away. Very entertaining. The only problem is that Audible doesn't carry the 3rd or 4th books in the series. Speaker for the Dead is a must read after Ender's Game. Then you are left with buying paper books for the rest of the series.
I'm not a big fan of most of Orscon Scott Card's books, but this one is a real gem. Much better than anything else that I've read. If you like Sci-Fi, and you like "prodigal son" types of stories, then this is your book!