After listening to just over 10 audio books, this has been the most intertaining one yet. I would find it hard to believe that anyone with a great imagination would would not enjoy this.
Excellent! While "thinly disguised" as a sci-fi entry, it is a human interest story with appeal to almost any fiction reading individual. Fascinating from beginning to end, I can't wait to read another in this series.
This is a wonderful book. Although it has all the elements of "hard" sci-fi (aliens, space battles and doomsday devices), the plot is almost entirely driven by the challenges faced by the battle school children, their families, and even the adults who manipulate the children.
Furthermore, the narration is unbelievably good. Several readers are used, but it avoids the "radio play" sound by having all scenes written from each character's point of view read by a certain reader. (Except for the debates that begin each chapter, which are read as a dialogue by two readers.) This gives it nice clarity and continuity.
I've downloaded about 30 titles from Audible, and this one is my favorite, in part because I love this book, but especially because the narration was so well done.
At first, I was a bit put off by the extreme maturity and complexity of the children in "Ender's Game." However, as the story progressed, and as it became more and more clear that these were not ordinary children -- rather the result of extreme selection -- the characters drew me in completely. I found the apparent paradoxes of Ender's character particularly compelling. He had been selected to be trained for some of the most rigorous and brutal militaty campaigns, yet he abhors hurting people, and loves his sister Valentine with exceptional tenderness. Outstanding juxtaposition of attributes, and of the struggles they bring to Ender.
The quality of the recording is also excellent, and I enjoyed the fact that the book was read by a large cast instead of by a single reader.
The recording also includes an interesting interview with Orson Scott Card after the end of the book itself. For me, this interview added important insight into how "Ender's Game" evolved into its novel form.
This is not a science fiction book. It is a book that focuses on people -- will, desire, emotion, motivation -- set against a science-fiction back drop. I think it therefore will appeal to more people that just "science fiction" enthusiasts. If you listened to "The Time Traveler's Wife", you will also love this book, as I did.
The plot is very linear, as there really isn't too much going on at the same time. I think this is what draws you in, because the focus is really on this excellent, well-developed character "Ender". You really get to know this character. There was a HUGE surprise in this plot -- there's a revelation that I just did NOT expect, but it was acceptable and believable.
This is simply one of those "books" that, if I weren't listening to it, I felt like something was "missing". If I had the book, I'm certain I wouldn't have been able to put it down.
Plucking a youngster from his life as a "third" and placing him into untenable and harrowing simulations and situations is the trial of leadership the IF forces on Ender. The pristine surroundings and insurmountable obstacles are welcome grist for Scott Card's mill. Hail to the hero with a conscience.
Ender's game is a great story! I can't add much to the reviews already listed but would like o note that Speaker for the Dead is also fabulous (The next in the series) and that is followed by Xenocide and then Children of the Mind. Audible does not currently have Xenocide but I'm sure if enough of us request it, It just might happen. If you haven't yet read Ender's game I suggest you do and once you do and fall in love with the clever plot and interesting characters I'm sure you'll want to continue the series as much as I do! Happy listening make sure to request Xenocide and Children of the Mind
A must "listen," even if you aren't a sci-fi buff. Orson Scott Card really draws you in to feel every emotion of the main character, Ender, on his rollercoaster ride to save the planet. Filled with plenty of action and unknown plot twists dying to be revealed, this book made me not want to press the stop button on my i-paq until the story was over.