Ender's Game is my favorite audiobook, thus far...
My enjoyment of the story was based largely on the originality of Mr. Card's central idea. It is not only a work of fiction, but of philosophy.
I enjoyed the performances of both of these individuals...it was particularly amusing to hear Harlan Ellison's voice reading someone else's work, as he is a bit of a legend in the genre. I am unsure of who voiced Ender's sister, but she did an excellent job as well.
It seems that the performance can be the deciding factor in the enjoyment of a story like this...no problems on that front, here.
I was happy to break the story up into smaller listening periods. I found this have me more of an opportunity to reflect on some of the ideas presented.
This was the first audio book that I have listed to in a very long time, and certainly the first audio FICTION I have ever listened to. I was a bit leery of the idea, as I am a fairly voracious reader, and didn't think I would enjoy an audio format.
I actually found the experience to be analogous to being read to as a child; because I am a bit of an insomniac, it found it helps me get to sleep.
I was originally required to read this book in the Marines (USMC) and found it fascinating.
Here we had someone who shouldn't have been born by the law. To be born for the purpose of getting the right killing machine. His brother was too violent and his sister was too mild.
The story follows Ender as he's forced to learn to fight and lead. He becomes a great leader and strategist. To learning that he was used to destroy another species. 'Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.' Salvor Hardin in "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov They used it as the first.
This should have been left as a stand alone story. As the other books like many sequels didn't do honor to the first book or the series.
Fun, engaging, real
Starship Troopers, The Giver, The Player of Games
I can't pick a favorite!
Ender's compassion and not wanting to resort to violence.
What can I say that everyone else hasn't already said. There is a reason why this book has been popular for over 20 years. I love the updated story line!
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
This was such a great book! I absolutely recommend it to sci-fi nerds and fiction-lovers alike. A great story line with believable and enjoyable performances by most of the narrators, with the exception of the sole female narrator (unfortunately, she over-acted and I actually became a bit irritated with her performance by the end....luckily she's only one of several narrators).
Orson Scott Card is an awesome author, and I really appreciated listening to his blurb at the end. He was intelligent, eloquent, funny and interesting. I look forward to listening to more of his books.
Not what I expected and better than I thought. Can't wait to hear the next book.
It's still futuristic even though it's 20 years old.
If you like Isaac Asimov and Madeline L'engle you will love Orson Scott Card.
I couldn't turn it off, and because it is audio, I didn't have to put the book down to go do chores so I still got everything done while devouring the book in two days!
Audio book nut!
After the book was recommended to me by a friend, I was hesitant at first but experiencing this book in audio form is a must! The narration by Stefan Rudnicki is captivating and immersive beyond imagination. I found myself lost in the story from page one; not being able to stop, listening long into the night, hooked on every word. This book was what I expected and so much more! It is so much more than just a sci-fi novel, it a triumphant story of hardship and overcoming life’s gruelling obstacles.
Gender’s Game isn’t just for hard sci-fi nuts; it’s for everybody! Everybody who is looking for a captivating and exciting story is up for a fantastic journey.
Depends on the friend. It would have to be someone who reads/listens to a lot of books, because this wouldn't be my first recommendation for someone, but for anyone who is looking for something light it is not a bad way to spend some time.
Most interesting: a bunch of kids having to be adult really fast (due to war and violence), but still negotiating being kids. Least interesting: maybe because it was written some time ago, but the characters were kind of stale and predictable.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
I thought the story was engaging and the presentation excellent. Do not know how I missed this one on my SciFi list and would tell anyone that enjoys the genera to add this one as soon as they can. Authors notes and experiences were also excellent in this 20th anniversary edition and look forward to the film production.