Hey, don't get me wrong, this is a book a middle school kid might be able to take in, but this is definitely a good adult read! I'm not even a sci-fi fan, but once I started listening to Ender's Game, I could not stop listening to it. If you think you might have even the slightest taste for sci-fi, this might just be the best you hear, and I'm not gonna tell you about what happens because I don't want to ruin it, but I can say there are some serious mindgames played with this kid, and he is quite a battling genius! Enjoy!
You've got to be kidding me. This is trashy sci-fi, plain and simple. Don't be snookered by other reviews that try to pass this trash off as Literature. It's a pleasant sci-fi read, but emminently forgetable.
I just finished Ender's Game. Not impressed.
To qualify my review I should state I may have lost my imagination for sci-fi and fiction 20 years ago. The review above states 'Ender's game is believed by some to be the best science fiction book ever written'. I find Some to be misleading, Some could only be a minority. I totally disagree.
The author wastes hours belating the characterisics of the three main characters to the extent of boring. I found the story shallow. It is creative, but not touching. The impact of the story is disc 9, listen to disc 1, 2, and 3, then skip to 6 and 7, then to 9.
Mr. Card has attempted to write sci-fi with a humanitarian view of how people treat others. His point could be successful if his sci-fi were not so totally lame and waste hours getting to the point.
I will not read any more in his series.
This is one of the best books I have read (listened to) It creates a quite new yet very human world and raises fascinating new choices for people with different technology and stage of human development. The audio experience enhanced the story. The foresight of Card is demonstrated by his description, prior to the development of the web, of how the 'net' becomes a powerful social force, prone to being influenced by writers we now call bloggers.
When I read Ender's Game, I was amazed at all the different twists and turns in the story. Character development helped me to always have a clear picture of what was going on during the reading. This is by far, the best book I've ever read.