Great story and I particularly enjoyed the narration by Stefan Rudnicki. His reading of this work is the best narration I have heard yet!
I have no excuse for waiting so long to listen to/read this book. But it all worked out in the end, because this 20th anniversary edition of the audiobook was brilliant. The narrator was simply perfect, keeping me entranced throughout the whole book. Mr. Card can write, oh, yes he can.
I have read some of Orson Scott Card's novels in the past, but have never before encountered Ender. And to be introduced to this wonderful story as an audio book with multiple actors was a real treat. After all, Card himself says in the afterward that this is the media for which he wrote the book. I enjoyed this audio book so much that it is still on my MP3 player and will likely remain there, even though I seldom leave a book on my player once I have listened to it. I am really looking forward to reading and listening to other works by Orson Scott Card; especially those about this intriguing boy, Ender Wiggins. Definitely 5 stars!
I love to read sci-fi, fantasy, and an occasional murder mystery. If one day I can be a successful author I will consider myself one of the few and fortunate.
Ender's Game was Card's breakthrough debut novel which put him on the map in a big way. The character development of Ender is deep and insightful. The voice acting was top notch. It is rare to have so many top voice talents merge on a single great project, in my opinion. I loved Card's design of the battle school.The comparisons between regular schools and the battle school were nicely done. A lot of the same problems existed in the not so distant future school in the novel.
When you learn about the buggers you might think that this enemy isn't unique, but remember that this novel was originally written in 1985 so many films and books since may have copied him. Either way the novel offers such thought provoking dilemmas and solutions that often the choices aren't black and white for the characters.
Overall it is smart, well written, well read, and lets not forget it won the 1985 Nebula Award for best novel, and his follow up novel in 1986 won the Hugo Award for best novel with Speaker for the dead. The man knows how to write science fiction. Get it, you'll like it.
Ender's Game is required reading for any sci-fi fan for a reason. Great science fiction takes a fun and futuristic approach when tackling complex relevant issues and this book is the epitome of great science fiction. Ender's Game does an excellent job of developing relatable characters, even though they are child geniuses, and Ender's inner dialogue is fascinating. In Card's post script, he says that he modeled the children's speech on his 5-year-old son so keep that in mind if the name calling seems childish at times. The narration did a great job of mirroring the character's attributes and the speech patterns sounded like that of a child, when appropriate. And even though the book is about children, the subject matter is enjoyable for everyone. I thought Ender's Game was a lot of fun and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
It's not for nothing that this book is required reading in many schools now. Besides being a fantastic story, it's one that thinks deeply on the nature of leadership, morality, duty, honor, love, friendship, and power.
Many people will shy away from Ender's Game because they don't read sci-fi, but they shouldn't. I read it 5 years ago as a 20 year old woman who'd never picked up a sci-fi novel in her life, and loved it.
Not only was it the first sci-fi I'd ever read, it was the first audio book I'd ever listened to. It got me hooked and is still the gold standard. Rudnicki and the rest of the cast are pitch perfect all the way through.
Very highly recommended.
This is one of the best sci-fi books I have read. I personally preferred the stories that are mainly focused around Ender, and less on his brother and sister, but even those parts were somewhat interesting.
The only thing I did not like about this audiobook was the female narrator's voice. It sometimes felt too whispery and out of place, and difficult to listen to.
This is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. WOW! OSC is such an awesome and talented writer. It is a must read!
I chose this audiobook at the recommendation of a very close friend. He recommended it highly as one of his favorite books, so when I was looking for something to bring with me to listen to on a 7 hour drive to a friend's wedding, I was happy to see this was available.
The narrator was good, but I agree with the reviewer who said "why does every 'character' voice have to have a New York accent?" Surely he could have branched out a little more.
Otherwise, I have no complaints, and I look forward to expanding my collection with more of the series.
I initially struggled with the narrators voice quality, and then came to absolutely love it. Im ready to download books I have no interest in - so long as Stefan Rudnicki is reading. Great narrator! Very natural and easy, not controlled and overly poised like many other narrators.
And the story. Good themes such as earned loyalty, courage in the face of fear, perseverance. Its hard not to want to hug Ender Wiggen. But he takes care of himself. When the music comes up at the end, I was not ready for it to be over. Mainly because my iPod indicated that there was still 45 minutes of audio left! Orson Scott Card talks about the book and its conception to fill the last portion of audio and that part rates a big "whatever!"...
Im always on the look-out for audiobooks that I can listen to with my 11 year old son, stories that will interest both of us on our 45 minute commute home. He loved this book.