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.
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.