good phenom story with nice twist at the end. enoyed most of the book and fighting scenes but did think the "speaking to the dead" ending was a little out there. If you can accept some wierdness its a cool read.
I've already purchased this as a gift for one friend and recommended it to another. The production is very well done but the story is superb.
The character development and storyline combined with the great production led to fantastic mental imagery.
I laughed out loud a couple of time, winced often, and even cheered once.
Highly recommend. It's a great listen.
great story line
went well with story
it will be hard to find another read as good as this one...
haven't finished this book on audio yet, but it follows the actual book that I can easily say this book is wonderful and I understand why the Marines encourage their personnel to read it. driving for long distances makes it hard to read sometimes and being able to hear this book on audible is great. the narrators are amazing and bring the story to life without making it into a movie (which I would go see if they did).
I read this series when I was 11 years old and I loved it and I am glad that I discovered this series again. I can see why Ender's Game won Nebula and Hugo Awards, the story shows that how can humanity can lose it moral compass when it threaten. (the end justified the mean)
This is easily one of my favorite reads. I read it then bought the audio book
And the performances were great. I've listen to this book countless times and I never get tired of it. Enders wiggins carries the weight of human salvation on his shoulders and you can't help but feel for him as he is pushed beyond the limits of a normal person, only he is just a child but he never is given the chance to be one. This book does not disappoint and I can't recommend it enough!
A voracious reader with little time to read actual print books, I adore Audible and have been listening to audiobooks regularly for years.
I think that Orson Scott Card says it all when he says that his books are meant to be performed. Many of his stories are a little hard to get into if you read them in print, but I have always immediately fallen into his audiobooks.
I have been a fan of Orson Scott Card's fantasy novels for years now, but I never got in to his Sci-Fi (and I disagree with his contention that Sci-Fi and Fantasy are the same, just with different covers) until I read Ender's Game. I am definitely going to read more of this series.
The performers did a good job bringing the characters alive - making different voices and intonations for different characters. The different characters are key to Ender's Game, because that is really the only way we have of knowing what is really going on.
While I really did enjoy Ender's Game, I didn't want to listen to it all at once. It was the sort of story that had boring parts and definitely needed to be put down once in a while.
While I liked the book, there were many times that I felt Ender and his siblings and classmates were just TOO adult. I know that is the premise of the book, and it is explained many times, but several times I just felt it was too out there.
I do think that the afterward by Mr. Card was the highlight of the book - it really brought the whole story into context and I was able to forgive the unbelievable parts.
I recently panned Frank Herbert's Dune in a review. I hated it. Somebody recommended this classic to me as an alternative and boy oh boy am I glad I listened. This is a classic deserving of that title.
I was aware of much about Ender's Game for a long time -- the young boy, the battle school, the training to fight an Alien War -- but that's only half the book. The other half is a wider picture of the world of this time -- of human nature at it's best and worst in a wonderfully realized world.
The pacing of this book is strange: The first 3/4 of it are predominantly focused on the Battle School and War -- and then the 'denouement' changes into something completely different. It becomes a poignant and philosophical book about morals and human nature -- and it extends beyond where a 'typical' novel would leave off.
If you finish this book, and like me, find the "Game" part of Ender's Game good, but what comes after it much much better, then please listen also to SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, the sequel, which is more in this vein. This is shaping up to be my favorite science fiction series of all time.
I don't know who the female narrator is who begins reading the Valentine scenes in Part 1 (Kate Reading, maybe?), but all I can say is, thank goodness I have a Kindle. I love this book, and am loathe to ruin it with her whiney, melodramatic, very un-Valentine portrayal. Which is unfortunate, because the other dramatized narration by Rudnicki and Ellison is fantastic and really pulled me into this exciting story.
The use of several voices bring this story to life. This futuristic story appeals to boys and girls, both young and old. The level of intelligence of the characters cause you to forget they are children and you truly are drawn into the world of the Bugger Wars and Ender's mind.