I picked this book up because everyone told me it was great science fiction. In truth, I thought the science was interesting, and some of the games were exciting to see what Ender would do with them, but I couldn't get past the boy's age. If the story had started with Ender just a couple of years older I could have enjoyed this book more. Or, if they had discussed what made Ender so special in more depth, I would have been able to swallow the plot a little better.
However, the author did not sufficiently describe this for me and instead of being able to suspend my disbelief, I was just annoyed. The performance was good, but the story had me shaking my head.
Also, the very, very end was weird. In a book where religion was just skimmed over, suddenly having Ender's words as "holy writ" felt strange. It was like the author told himself he needed to have something spiritual there so he crammed it in and tried to make it fit.
On a whole, however, the book was interesting and I liked the science, so I gave it three stars for the story, five for the performance, and then let it even out at four overall.
Ender's Game has won the Nebula and Hugo awards, and for good reason. This well-written science fiction work is the story of a little boy's choldhood, warped by the social experiments that created him (and his siblings), a battle against an alien force, and his struggle with fulfilling the hope that he is the general who will finally and permanently save Earth. It was captivating and interesting, and I am glad I listened instead of reading...the 20th anniversary edition had a cast of readers that were phenomenal.
This story is one of the classics and defines what makes good science fiction: engaging, realistic characters, truly alien culture(s), a realistically-developed future society, and a problem that must be solved by humans who must fundamentally question what being human is about. Amazingly, it is also "clean" and safe for younger readers. If you've read it in your adolescence, listen to it again as an adult - there will be layers you've missed, I guarantee.
The narrators, despite clearly being adults, captured inflection and tone very well for all the children characters, and communicated complex sentences and ideas perfectly. I was never brought out of the story once, and was left wanting to keep listening even after my commute was done - if I could listen during work, I would have.
If you believe the plot begins to feel predictable, that is when it sets you up for a surprise. There is a coming-of-age but not a typical one, and it should make you reconsider your own arrival at adulthood and what you hold as your core beliefs and priorities. Even today, so many years after first being published, you might find references to Ender Wiggins in the popular culture; it is worth listening to this book to discover why for yourself.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
This book was a stretch from my usual genre but at the suggestion from my boyfriend, I read it.. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the narration was perfect for the story
The story started a little slow but well worth the wait. Great story and I really enjoyed the reader.
I downloaded Ender's Game because I am a fan of Asa Butterfield - when the news of his starring role in this film broke, I decided to check out the book. Lots and lots of positive reviews, from readers and listeners - many saying it was their fave book of all time, so it was a no-brainer to go ahead and get it, and I was sucked in from the "first page".
Slightly, but not majorly spoilery, so read ahead at your own risk.
There are a couple of areas where I had to suspend disbelief. Six year old children have remarkably adult thought processes in this tale - that is the one thing that continues to stick in my craw. And for one hundred years in the future,the much of the technology is still very "90s". But, I nitpick, still quite an engaging story.
I REALLY wish there was more information on the narrators, as there seem to be at least 4, and only two are listed here, or anywhere else out on "the nets" for that matter. I wish I knew which character(s) Ellison read. The female narrator is very good, and I would not have minded at all if she had read the whole thing. I prefer her cadence to Rudnicki's. I don't know if it is by design or by birth, but Stefan Rudnicki often displays a tinge of a sharp NY/Brooklyn accent that I find distracting.
But still and all, a great piece of story-telling. I will continue on with the series, and look forward to the film.
If you are at all concerned about this book feeling dated dont fret! I had my reservations and let this book sit in my wist list for nearly six months. I just listed through the whole thing in a few days and am pleased to say that it lives up to all the hype.
I would recommend that any science fiction fans read this book. It is a classic work that speaks to today's audience as loudly as it did back int he 80's. I chose to listen to the audio version of this book and it was performed extremely well. Card suggests that his book is best read aloud and the work put into the twentieth anniversary audio edition proves him right. Ender's Game has quickly become one of my all time favorite works of fiction.
Storyline is absolutely unique, Do not hesitate and click buy...
Come back and thank me later...
There is no other book to compare it to. I wish I had read it earlier...
The postscript by the author gives a very insightful glance into the making of. I loved it!
Ab so lu te ly.
Buy the special anniversary edition, including authors postscript!
The film is in the making, but as the author self says in the postscript, this will be a very difficult film to make.
I would not know I did not read the print version
Of course ender is the one character who wins everyone heart but Petra is my favorite because she needs everyone to believe she is so tough and she really has a heart of gold.
my favorite scene is when Ender enters the shuttle to go to battle school.
At almost the end of the book when Ender tells his crew that he no longer wants to be their commander.
Listening to this one book turned three teenage boys, my son, my newphew and a co workers son into avid listeners.