This is easily one of my favorite reads. I read it then bought the audio book
And the performances were great. I've listen to this book countless times and I never get tired of it. Enders wiggins carries the weight of human salvation on his shoulders and you can't help but feel for him as he is pushed beyond the limits of a normal person, only he is just a child but he never is given the chance to be one. This book does not disappoint and I can't recommend it enough!
A voracious reader with little time to read actual print books, I adore Audible and have been listening to audiobooks regularly for years.
I think that Orson Scott Card says it all when he says that his books are meant to be performed. Many of his stories are a little hard to get into if you read them in print, but I have always immediately fallen into his audiobooks.
I have been a fan of Orson Scott Card's fantasy novels for years now, but I never got in to his Sci-Fi (and I disagree with his contention that Sci-Fi and Fantasy are the same, just with different covers) until I read Ender's Game. I am definitely going to read more of this series.
The performers did a good job bringing the characters alive - making different voices and intonations for different characters. The different characters are key to Ender's Game, because that is really the only way we have of knowing what is really going on.
While I really did enjoy Ender's Game, I didn't want to listen to it all at once. It was the sort of story that had boring parts and definitely needed to be put down once in a while.
While I liked the book, there were many times that I felt Ender and his siblings and classmates were just TOO adult. I know that is the premise of the book, and it is explained many times, but several times I just felt it was too out there.
I do think that the afterward by Mr. Card was the highlight of the book - it really brought the whole story into context and I was able to forgive the unbelievable parts.
I don't know who the female narrator is who begins reading the Valentine scenes in Part 1 (Kate Reading, maybe?), but all I can say is, thank goodness I have a Kindle. I love this book, and am loathe to ruin it with her whiney, melodramatic, very un-Valentine portrayal. Which is unfortunate, because the other dramatized narration by Rudnicki and Ellison is fantastic and really pulled me into this exciting story.
The use of several voices bring this story to life. This futuristic story appeals to boys and girls, both young and old. The level of intelligence of the characters cause you to forget they are children and you truly are drawn into the world of the Bugger Wars and Ender's mind.
A good audiobook is like a fine wine. Priceless...
Really enjoyed this audiobook. My all time favourite sci-fi audiobook is Dune but this definitely comes close.
I'm just an ordinary average guy.
I'm a fan of old school science fiction (Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein), so I'm usually reluctant to try newer authors. However, when I listened to Ender's Game, I was simply blown away. It wasn't just that the characters were endearing and that the story was engaging, but that the science was never so bad that it made me roll my eyes. I could listen to this 10 times and not get tired of it. Overall, I have to say that as far as entertainment value goes, this work of science fiction outdoes any Asimov, Clarke or Heinlein novel for me. It's not as philosophically strong as the best work of those three, but it does have plenty of food for thought. I highly recommend it.
I first read this book in High School. Throughout the years I have listed to this book many times since it is one of my favorites. The story is great and its all viewed from the point of view of Ender. If you have not read this book, do so and then read/ listen to Ender's Shadow, the book about Bean Enders 2nd in command. These 2 books go well together. I have recommended this book many times to friends and I now recommend it to you.
I decided to give EG a try and was amazed how solid the story was. You are rooting for Ender from the get go and I found myself amazed that I had never heard of Ender prior to looking for something new on Audible. It has something for everyone, it's action packed while being introspective.
If there was one audibook that I would recommend to someone, this would be it.
Some novels are purely entertaining, while others are dry, yet philosophically intriguing. Occasionally there comes a story that is both gripping, and philosophically challenging. Ender's Game is one such book.
Intriguing, well written, and superbly acted (probably my favourite audible performance to date), this is a classic that every lover of Sci-Fi should own!
In the not too distant past, the Earth survived a war with the Buggers, an insect-like alien race. One military man, Mazer Rackham, was able to make the difference in the war for humanity, but it is widely feared that the Buggers will be back. To prepare, the government has taken to monitoring the Earth for the next military genius. Everyone who is considered a candidate is taken from their families at a young age and placed into an orbital Battle School. Ender Wiggin, at 6 years old, is considered to be the best candidate – Ender’s Game is his story.
Ender’s brother (Peter) and sister (Valentine) also play a large role. They are both older than Ender, and both extremely intelligent. They also were both passed over for Battle School, one for being too dangerous and one for being too compassionate. They have their own way of influencing the events of the world, even though they are no longer considered for the military.
Battle School is centered on a game in which teams (armies) of kids fight each other in a zero-g environment. They carry guns that shoot low power lasers and wear suits that react to those lasers by freezing wherever they are hit. By playing the game, the students are training in three dimensional combat, and the competition aboard the Battle Station is fierce.
Ender not only deals with the other students in this competition, but also the teachers of the School as they place him in more and more difficult circumstances. The story has much to say about means and ends, both personal and political.
Even though I had read it three times over the past 14 years, I was glued to this audio version as if I didn’t know what was going to happen. The audio is a treat. Stefan Rudnicki performs the main narrator duties, while a number of others perform the conversations amongst the adults, which occur at the beginning of each chapter. Orson Scott Card also recorded a postscript in which he discusses the origins of Ender’s Game as a novel. First-rate.