Is Ender's Game... one of the best books of this era.. excellent and brilliant for anyone and everyone... BRAVO Orson Scott Card BRAVO!
You could sum up this story as..."Harry Potter goes to Hogwarts in space and learns lots of cool stuff so he can save humanity from the evil one". It's a great story, with good pace and fantastic voices. Lots of fun to listen to.
There is a "vocal resonance" technique that is akin to over-pronouncing words, the female narrator hammers one over the head with it.
O.S. Card, though full of himself (listen to his epilogue) wrote a book that absolutely blasts off about 2/3 through. Really great stuff, wish I had read it instead of listened.
This was a very entertaining story and the casting for the voices could not have been better.
The action and story line made it a hard book to put down. One of the reason I like good science fiction is they make you think, this book was one of those. The narration was good. The ending left me looking forward to reading other books in the series.
This book, while entertaining, contains almost zero conflict. It should be used as an entertainment to pass time, but it's certainly no four or five star novel. The conflict is almost zero, both internally and externally, and as well (spoiler alert) you are tricked into the resolution as is the main character. While I enjoyed the development of his internal mind as it progressed through the stages of strategy, the rest was really lacking. The author is definitely a skilled writer, it's too bad he didn't use his expert skills more wisely on this novel...but I guess we've all got to start somewhere. He should have developed the character and the story much further before publishing this, I'd guess that he just has a huge following by people who are not familiar with good science fiction, and that's why he has such high ratings for this book. Also, he utilizes a strange internal game as some sort of metaphor, but it as well is never developed, and in essence, becomes meaningless through the progression of the novel. What could have been a great five star novel became this through laziness on the author's part.
I'd not read this again, as I would a four or five star novel. If you want good, clean science fiction, read Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, or Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (on a side note, Alan Cumming should be knighted for his readings of Leviathan and Behemoth--purely amazing).
Ender's Game is a great story, no questions asked. The only reason for the 4 star review has not to do with the content of this audiobook, but the company exchanged sound quality (roughly casset tape quality) for disk space. It would have been nice to have the option of downloading either a high quality high disk space version, or low quality low disk space version.
This being my first (and most likely last) purchase, I was also very disappointed in Amazon for slapping a DRM on the audio files. What this will mean to the user is that the files downloaded (.aa format) will only be able to be played with audible's third party media player. Therefore, any machine you wish to play this audiobook on must have audible's software installed. My job often involves working on different machines, so I'll remote into my home server to listen to media, but that's not an option in this case.
Despite all this, Ender's Game is a great read/listen, and I highly recommend anyone to purchase it, if not here than elsewhere.
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I was dissapointed with this book. It had received so many good reviews but I found the story a bit dull. Struggled to finish it.
This is hands down the best book in my library. I've downloaded over 50 books from Audible, The Wheel of Time, Mistborn, A song of Ice and Fire, The First Law.....I like them all, but Ender's Game is better. The story is great, the narrator is great, and the characters are great! If you like sci-fi\fantasy at all you will be happy.