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.
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.