I first read Ender's Game over twenty years ago as an adolescent, so I wasn't sure how my middle aged mind would perceive a story that mostly featured children. Good writing ages well, and it was great to be reacquainted with Ender and his friends from the battleschool. This is a great story that reminded of two biographies I read recently: Mao's Last Dancer and Andre Agassi's Open. Both these true stories echoed Ender's experience of a gifted child in the hands of single minded and extreme adults bent on getting the best out of a child, and depriving the child of a normal life; means justified by the end. Ender's game is a very psychological story that builds your empathy with Ender and his toon. Orson Scott Card narrated his story of the development of Ender's Game, a nice way to round off the anniversary edition. The audio book was very well narrated and easy to listen to.
No wonder Ender's game is such a classic. Great writing, fantastic plot.
But, the narration for this title left me very dissatisfied. The male voices work well, the female--who reads for Valentine--is teeth-gratingly bad. She reads like a character in a Victorian melodrama, not quite right for this book.
The characters were scared, unhappy, in pain, and generally miserable the entire time. There was also some violence that I didn't anticipate. The sci-fi part is interesting, though not interesting enough to make up for the overall sadness.
It was ok. I think it has definitely been overhyped too much over the years. I tried to read it a couple of times years ago but for some reason I never was able to finish it. The idea of training a little boy for a future war is definitely intriguing, however some plot points did not make sense to me. I found it hard to believe that the entire earth would put their fate into the hands of a little boy to save them. I did like how Ender was portrayed. He did feel like a little boy to me. HIs thoughts and language were all of a little boy who starts off scared and turns into a military commander. Not sure if I will continue to read the rest of the series but I was glad I was able to complete it and put it on my "complete" shelf after so many years! I thought the narration was great however.
Just returned from a long 10 hour drive for business and would be willing to drive another 10 hours if the audio book had more story. This book will defy your expectations of sci-fi as it is great stand-alone literature. The combination of the audio performance and story itself results a life-enriching literary/theatrical experience.
I was extremely happy with this audio version of the classic Ender's Game. The voice of the main character took a bit of time to get into but I eventually accepted it as Ender. I could listen to this one over and over.
The extra portion from Orson Scott Card at the end of the story was great as well. Highly recommended.
Orson Scott Card put a postscript in this audible version of Ender's Game. Although I would have liked to listen to it first, it would have made little sense until the novel had been heard. The evolution of the book, including through short story and screenplay, are fascination insights into why some authors seem to write for the "silver screen" when they put a novel together.
Altogether enjoyable and captivating--too soon over and hard to put away.
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)!