I was rather late coming to the Ender's Game series, and started with the 20th anniversary edition as my first venture into the world of the "Ender-verse". Since starting I have never looked back. This book is a great listen not only for the great story, but for the performances of the voice cast.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
Read this book.
This book is a mandatory requirement for those who have even a touch of interest in Sci-Fi, and for those who do not - I bet you will after you read this book!
I first read this book after happenstance led me to pick it up off the floor of a Barnes and Noble, where I then proceeded to read the entire thing sitting right there in the store (sorry B&N). The book was so great I then came back the next day and bought it so that I could read it again at home. When I finally got Audible, this was (of course) something I knew I would end up buying, but I waited because I was already so familiar with the story.
The audible version is fantastic! I don't have any negative comments at all, this is just a fantastic book and a fantastic performance, and I hope that this review encourages people to give this book a shot, because it is definitely one of my favorite books!
The performance was good, but this book was just not for me. It seems to get good reviews from others, so if you are a sci-fi fan give it a whirl. I'll go back to somehting a little more young and sassy!!!
I listened to this one with my 11 year old and we both enjoyed it. Orson Scott Card does a great job developing hisdystopian world. It was easy to like or dislike characters because they were so well developed. We recently found that there is a companion book, called "Ender's Shadow" that I would highly recommend reading after. It is Bean's story, and he is a supporting character towards the last third of the book.
The readers were all good except one, who annoys me, because his imitation of boys taunting others is just ridiculous. I have never heard acting so aweful. The reader who plays Valentine is very good.
Just an all around awesome person.
A friend of mine found this book on a bench someone left and loved it so much he gave it to me. I shared his opinion and have since purchased the audio book and listened to this over and over again over the years(I bet you cant use over 3 times in one sentence). I cant recommend this more for science fiction lovers. The narration is good but i wish they would redo this with better audio production.
Orson Scott Card began his writing career as a playwright, and it shows in his fiction which is dramatic, fast-moving, and full of the best sorts of conflict. The themes of xenophobia, child soldiers, government manipulation of information, social control mechanisms, and others are very current. There is absolutely no sentimentalizing of children, either, and the denouement is heart-wrenching.
I loved reading this book when it was first published, and I loved listening to this audio version. There are multiple voices, and bonus material includes Orson Scott Card talking about his start as a writer of SF, and a chapter from another novel dealing with the same story from a different point of view.
I don't always love Stefan Rudnicki's choices as a vocal actor--some of them seem a bit drab--but at least he doesn't do "funny voices" for the sake of variety.
You stay classy, Planet Earth.
I recommend this book to everyone. It is such a smart book.
The main guys voice in this is so captivating. I could listen to him all day.
Long running franchise
Lead character - Ender of course - the put upon hero who just wants to be left alone.
Supporting character - Valentine - an empathic heroine
The variety of voices, the depth of characterization.
Not particularly, but I did spend several minutes sitting in my driveway, waiting for the end of a chapter.
Ender's Game is a classic and great fun. I only wish that self-proclaimed classic, Harlan Ellison hadn't shown up on here. His growl in increasingly irritating. Most interesting plus here: Card telling the story of this story as it grew from a short story to a bestseller to a sequel to this audio. Now, if only he'd lay off contemporary politics.......
Definitely! The book is great and the readers put so much into their reading that all the characters come to life.
Everyone comes to life in this book.
What great voices! I love the expression and emotions that they put into their reading.
Yes! As soon as I listened to this book I had to get all the rest of the books in the series and listen to them too!
I would read these books in this order Ender???s Game, Ender???s Shadow, A War of Gifts. From here the books branch off and follow Ender and Bean on their separate paths. You follow Ender in Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. The books then switch to Bean and the others with Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Ender in Exile, Shadows in Flight, and Shadows in flight. There is also First Meetings, which is a group of short stories that add depth and more details to the Ender World.