I enjoyed this. It was an intriguing, cleverly written story, well read. It didn't hold me in suspense at any point and I didn't miss the characters after the novel was finished, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. Also the fact that the characters were 6, 10, and 12, and conversed like 40 year-olds forced me time and again to consciously suspend my disbelief. I've had to do that before in Scifi and Fantasy. I wonder why they don't just make their protagonists 2 years old and be done with it. Then at least the nagging "but a 2 year old can't argue politics" aspect would be too silly to actually bug me.
Anyway, glad I read it (or listened to it)!
Best sci-fi that I have ever read and this audiobook's production does the book justice. This is a must-read for me and I cannot recommend it any more strongly. Great book! Good narration. Would give it 6 stars if I could!
With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.
Orson Scott Card has yet to fail me in his books. Ender kept me wondering what would happen next, and I plan to continue on in the series. I love that this kid is the most powerful underdog in the universe. You would expect a book about a child to read as if it were intended for children, but it is too powerful a story to be considered a children's book, although my kids would probably enjoy it as well.
I also liked the different voices for the narration; it really brought the characters to life.
I enjoyed this audiobook, despite the huge flaws I thought were obvious. I am pretty astonished at the reverence shown towards the book, since many elements of it are quite silly and reveal some limitations and ineptitudes. Politically, the message is facile. The plot and writing are average to poor. The children, for example, are entirely unlike actual children, and the constant reference to their age tends to emphasize the authors lack of insight and ability. The characters are flat, the dialogue is wooden and the plot is clunky and leaky in construction.
BUT I enjoyed it. I was engaged and interested, particularly when the plot focussed on Ender.
The narration was good, with the notable exception of Valentine's character, whose pretensious style I found very grating.
I would recommend this as an easy, relaxing listen which requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief.
This book was amazing! It is one of the few that I had to tell everyone about including everyone on my facebook page! Why? What made this book special? There were so many layers to the ending of this book that I was just flabbergasted. I went through similar emotions to Ender when he realized that things weren't what he believed them to be either.
For me this book utterly defines Sci-Fi! On every level it excels. The description of the way that we might live many years into the future was original and dynamic. The characters were varied and well developed. Ender's Game's overall plot was well structured and compelling. This is a fantastic book.
One thing that was particularly well done was the author's ability to give the antagonist's such depth and dimension. Even the bugs were not depicted as something simple such as evil. In the end, they did not even realize that they were attacking and destroying sentient beings. Did I mention that the plot was rich enough to provide multitudes of additional storylines. I highly recommend this book to both young and old to new Sci-Fi readers and veterans. It is one of the best books that I have ever read regardless of genre.
This book is likely my all-time favorite book I have ever read. It was first read to me as a child, and since then I have read it a good dozen times. This audio version was not a disappointment at all. I liked the narration, and the story itself still gives me goose bumps each time I listen. A terrific story for all ages, though there is a bit of violence and language, but noting as bad as a PG-13 rated movie. I can’t rave enough over this book, so I shall leave it at that, totally worth the credit!!!
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
Unfortunately, I came to Orson Scott Card as a young man in my twenties. I wish Ender had been given to me as a 7th grader. So, as a 7th grade teacher, I began teaching this novel to my gifted class.
First, a note on narration. The chapters begin with a "cast" of speakers, but once the reader begins, the only complaint I have is there was a slight sarcastic tone to his voice. At times the reader used very little emotion. That said, the narration is not bad at all, it just takes some getting used to.
Ender is a complex CHILD, and I stress the word child because it is so easy to forget that you are reading about a pre-pubescent boy. His brother and sister, Peter and Valentine, are also very well characterized with plenty of "literary" stuff that you can deconstruct about each of them. At first the adults come across as manipulative, but some of them redeem themselves through the book. The plot is well paced, enjoyable on a surface level, but what makes the plot so good is that a reader can dig DEEP into implications regarding the Buggers and interstellar war. So the book becomes less about a boy becoming soldier and more about a government using children for its own purposes. Likewise, the poignancy of the ending could be lost on younger readers.
This is a book that needs to be introduced at a young age and then read again as an adult.