I don't know how I missed both Ender's Game and Scott Card for 25 years. I had thought nothing in Sci Fi could really thrill me since Heinlein's passing. This is a stunningly original idea and universe, skillfully told, and well performed. The rest of the series is worth listening to only because the characters in this story become part of you and a chance to visit with them again can't be passed up. It did not win Hugo and Nebula awards because it was just good. This is a great story.
I had heard about this book from a friend who said "I had to read it." I put it off for a long time because I'm not really into Sci-Fi. I did like Gatticca and a few other Sci-Fi-type movies that go deeper than rockets.
This book also goes deeper than rockets, but not a whole lot. It is very well written, but the detail that goes into the nuts and bolts and positioning of this and that is excruciating. That was the main turn-off really.
The point of the book was good, the ending quite unexpected, the character development excellent. I usually read non-fiction, critical books, that get straight to the point. I rarely read fiction. So, fluffy detail kind of puts me to sleep.
If you like fiction, this book is probably worth your time, despite being a Sci-Fi book. But if you like to get straight to it and don't care for long diatribes of description, you might not.
On another note, however, if you are a writer, or would like to be a writer, it's worth listening to just for the 45 minute interview with the author at the end. That is Excellent.
Having said all that, I'm glad I listened to it. If I had a lot of credits, and not a lot in my wish list, then this is a good choice, but if you're trying to decide between this and another book, and you're similar to me, then it probably is worth reading later.
I'd not heard of the author or the series before selecting this. It was wonderfully creative and enjoyable.
An absolute joy to listen to. The storyline was so well thought out and riveting that I could hardly put it down. The author's character development and their interaction was thoughtful and provocative. I was so caught up in Ender's trials that the ending surprised even me. While the result is fairly predictable, that manner in which he takes you there is not. An excellent read.
Narration and story are both amazing. It's a science fiction book but you don't have to be a science fiction fan to appreciate it. What makes this book so great is the character development.
I've been a fan of sci-fi/fantasy for 21 years now and have known of this book for many years. I never chose to read it for some reason. I actually read Empire by Card prior to Ender's Game and liked the evenly audible and well done narration in addition to the elaborate storytelling so decided to give Card's Ender series a shot. I really enjoyed this book thoroughly. I will purchase more of O.S. Card's works and recommend without reservation Ender's Game. It's great sci-fi that's not overly techno-vocabulistic and brings me back to my earliest forays into sci-fi fandom.
Ender's game is consuming. It begins a bit slow, but once you get interested you are hooked! Battling with fear and trying very hard to understand what is behind the actions of all the adults, is Ender Wiggin genius child-warrior, the great hope of Earth. The story follows Ender through battle school, where he is being trained to fight an enemy that came close to erradicating the human race. The Buggers, at once feared and hated, but as Ender finds - you can only know your enemy if you love him... I have heard all of the Ender titles, the shadow series stuck with me more than the rest of the Ender series. All are great.