I had so high expectations on this audio book. I wanted a good science fiction book to listen to. I chose this because of it's very high rating. The book is well written, but what this book is about is how an entire society can use children to be their puppets. To train children, Ender is 6 years old when drafted into the military, to be murderous soldiers. I am appalled that this is classified to be a children's book where children are used and forced to kill other children by the adults. The story itself is engaging if you don't think about that the main characters are children. I don't care how smart they are or high IQ they have. I cringe every time the characters' age is mentioned. The future certainly is extremely depressing from the point of view of Card. How children can find this entertaining is beyond me. This book should not be listened (or read) by any child, in my opinion. The child would likely become very depressed if he/she identified with any of the main characters. One is trained to kill anybody that bullies him, another is driven to kill anybody that defeats him in a game and yet another one that plans to take of the world and turn it into a fascistic society. How depressing.
The production of the audio book, on the other hand, is excellent from start to finish. The narrators are engaging and interesting to listen to, especially the narrator that tells Valentine's, Ender's sister, story.
What can you say that hasn't been said yet? I read the book 5 times and picked this up for a trip. I never get tired of hearing this part of Ender's story. If you're interested in what happens to Peter, the later Shadow books shed a lot of light on his character and his redemption. In this audiobook, the voices for the characters were right on. I've had my own voices for them for so long, now I will hear the voices from this version when I read it again. In response to the military guy below, I hear the Marine officer school had this as required reading for quite some time. Frack'in awesome. Why can't they all be produced as well as this one?
I was completely unfamiliar with this book. I laughed at the review below regarding throwing the CDs away because the book has brutal fighting by 6 year old boys. Anyhow... this is not really a childrens book. I am in the military and I loved the analogies that were directly related to leadership in real life. Despite the fact that this is sci-fi, it has some great insight in to how to manage teams and take care of people working around you. This was one of the best books I have downloaded from audible (the other was Freakonomics)
This is so far one of the best audiobooks I've heard. The story is incredibly interesting and makes you want to listen up to the end. I would recommend this program to anyone, whether you like Sci-Fi or not, whether you are a kid or an adult.
The only thing that bothered me (only a bit) is that there would be a single narrator speaking for all the characters, and somewhere in the middle toward the end of the program, the voice would change to a female's, and in other times, it would be Orson Scott Card himself who became the narrator. Strange maybe, but it wasn't really disturbing. But it's the story here that's important, not really the narration, so I would only consider this a minor inconvenience.
Anyway, there is no reason why anyone who listened to this program would be unsatisfied, so I highly recommend this.
I LOVE this book. I read the book several years ago and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed "reading" it again. Orson Scott Card is amoung the best in science fiction and for those who are true scifi lovers this is a must read series. The narrators make this book very enjoyable and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I would rank this series up there with the Lord of the Rings series. A sure Science Fiction classic.