Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I can't say this book was bad or poorly narrated, only that it just wasn't my cup of tea. My husband recommended it and loved it and has since moved on to the sequels. But when the movie comes out, I supposed I'll watch it.
I've now listened to it 4 times
Bean: He's my avatar
Great voices for the characters
And it's only just the start. Once you know these characters, you love them in their future roles in later books
Epic, Engrossing Storytelling!
[Spoiler]When Ender first figured out an innovative way to win by freezing legs on purpose!
I definately cried in this book. I felt for Ender and all the other little boys, and Valentine as well.
The narrators did a fantastic job with this book. You can tell that they love this story as much as I do by how good a job they did in characterizing the personalities in the book.
and I remembered really loving the book when I read it almost 20 years ago.
The work is absolutely masterful, the performance is really superb.
I really don't want to give anything away. I suggest, if you enjoy fiction, science fiction, military history, politics, or psychology, that you read this book. Wholeheartedly.
More convienient for people on the go.
Still good 15 years yafter first read
Picked up more the second time through.
Yes, this is a classic tale
The breathy, almost hyperventilating, overwrought female narrator simply ruined every section in which she appeared. Awful, Horrible. Would have rated it a 4 overall if not for her.
This is one of the most entertaining Science Fiction book I have read/listen to in a long time. The story is about a kid named Ender who is selected to be the next great leader against an alien race (the "buggers"). His (mental) journey from school in Earth to the final battle against the aliens is described in detail from his point of view.
Perhaps the only downside (from the storyline point of view) is that the detours to Ender's siblings later in the book has very little impact on the main story.
The narration is very well and even as a non-native speaker I can follow the story easily.
This was my first Audio book. I found the readers excellent drawing me into the story easily.
A great listen and thoroughly recommended.
I wont give away the ending... But Enders last battle in the simulator....
Both these readers are excellent, I will keep an eye open for other books from these readers...
yes, knowing the end makes the beginning so much more interesting
The two readers being a greater contrast to Ender / Valentine and Space / Earth
Both the readers are fantastic
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
Ender Wiggin is incredibly smart and resourceful. In fact, he might have what it takes to save humanity. The Buggers have attacked earth twice in an attempt to colonize our planet. Now the ultimate combat is at hand, and the only hope of winning is to have the right commander lead this war. Ender is six years old when he's recruited for training in battle school, and he and all the other children showing promise are trained by playing elaborate battle games that require more brains than brawn. Those in power have decided that Ender can become the ultimate commander if he's manipulated correctly. But Ender isn't just smart, he's also highly sensitive, and he's far from sure that he wants to take responsibility for maiming and killing his enemies; that would make him too much like his older brother Peter, his tormentor with sociopathic tendencies. This is a game with high stakes in more ways than one, and there's no knowing how Ender will play it next.
I'm no science fiction aficionado, but I'd say Ender's Game's got everything one might want from that genre. There's plenty of action, there's futuristic technology and space travel, and it's also a very smartly constructed story that even delves into existentialism, while delivering a great kicker in the end which makes you want to reach for the next in series immediately. I showed restraint, but just, and only because I have so many other books already in my library to listen to—but this is one kid with a unique journey ahead of him, and I want to follow along.
Great performances by an ensemble cast. There's an interesting commentary at the end of the recording by Orson Scott Card, who says he feels this series is best appreciated in the audio medium as it benefits most from being read aloud. Great news, because that's how I intend to take in the next book in the Ender saga.