Books like this make it easy to enjoy science-fiction. Great characters, great plot, great storytelling. I'm not sure how he did it, but describing the tactics and 'game' of the battle school, Card made it come to life in my head.
Narration was excellent!
Author interview at the end is pretty good. Will have to read the Foundation series by Asimov next, based on Card's review of it. I like it when the author seems like a down-to-earth kind of guy.
Although I've listened to numerous Audible selections, I've never felt more compelled to write a positive review. All I can say is...well done...well done. A credit well spent!
The best audio book I've listened to. Well written story, wonderful characters and excellent pace. Narration is exceptional. The multiple voices/accents contribute to the great storytelling.
I took the advice of all you readers and bought this book and it is amazing. I am hooked, but I need some help - Will someone please post the order in which these books should be read - I just finished Ender's Game.
rage against the machine
Even if you only like sci-fi a bit this title is a must listen. A great beginning; to arguably the best series. Even though the topic is about children this story is for all ages.
Not sure how I never knew about this book, until a friend referred it to me last year. This is a fantastic book. I listened to it with my teenage son, who loved it also. We've listened to the next 2 books in the series and are now on Ender in Exile. It's a great book for any age.
Ender's Game was completely off my radar. I stumbled upon this book and the other reviews were good enough that I thought I'd give it a try.
I'm so happy I did! The story is very engaging and the audio production is one of the better ones I've heard here at Audible.
I'm going to pick up the sequel next - I can't wait to hear it!
Wow! If you have read this book (or not), do yourself a favor and get the audiobook. If any book was meant to be heard instead of read, this is it!
Most Science Fiction and Fantasy I have read is entertaining, but has little enduring litary value. Ender's Game is an exception to the rule. This novel carries themes and ideas that lead to reader to think about the writing, rather than just be entertained by it.
It doesn't hurt that Card's writing is wonderful. The novel is full of detailed, exciting descriptions of actions sequences, political intrigue, and great soliloquy. It is also ripe with dramatic irony.
The audio production is good. The narrators (except for the one woman) are all very good readers. There are full dramatizations that, at parts, feel out-of-place. There are unique challenges to conveying passages of pure dialogue with no narration, though, and it is a good compromise. It is not the best audio production, but it does not take from the novel either.
It is an interesting footnote that Card's predictions in the 1980s of far-future video games and simulators would be spot-on to how they are today in the 21st century.
Card's audio commentary after the novel is insightful and entertaining. It is neat to know that the novel first existed as a short story in the 1960s, for example, and that he had been told all along that "Ender's Game" was a terrible title. It also shows the shrewdness in which he dealt with marketing the novel.
This is one of my favorite Science Fiction novels, and one of my favorite books overall. I recommend it to fans of Sci-Fi and good writing alike!