I’ve read most of Orson Scott Card’s work because of my love for this novel. I have come to know his strengths and flaws as a writer, but am hard pressed to find said flaws in Ender’s Game. It is my favorite sci-fi story, and I mostly read sci-fi. If you like it half as much as I did, I recommend the entire Ender Saga and the complimenting Shadow Series.
Also, this is easily the best combo of narrators on Audible.
I thought it was kind of slow... more of a drama than true science fiction in my opinion. The narrators voice was somewhat annoying when he was doing some of the character's voices.
The only gripe I have with this book is that I always wanted the author to go a little deeper into a few of the characters. With that said it is an excellent listen; I felt emotionally invested in the characters. This is the first book I listened to that has multiple people narrating the parts, which flowed very well. The book is narrated from the person that the story is focusing on and that person reads all parts. While it might seem confusing when a female is narrating a part that was narrated by a male in the chapter prior it is the contrary, very easy to follow.
I met a college sophomore on a bus in Krakow, Poland, who raved about this book. I wrote it off to youthful exuberance, but his excitement stuck in my head and I ordered Ender's Game as my first book from Audible.com. As soon as I began listening I realized this was not just a book for young adults - it's complex, dark and often wrenching as young Ender Wiggin is molded into a space warrior. The political subtext of the book also drags you in, as left and right battle for the world's minds on the Web, even as the young soldiers battle the world's enemies in space. The lengthy interview with Orson Scott Card is also an interesting coda to a fascinating story. I'm glad I met that young man who opened me to Ender's world.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it multiple times and thought I would enjoy hearing it. The narration, however, disappointed me. Perhaps it is because I already know the book so well? He pauses in strange places, runs sentences together in others. And it's tough for a guy with his kind of voice to perform so many child voices. But he does keep trying.
This was the first audiobook I ever downloaded from audible and it has probably been the best out of all of them. The sound quality and narration are both top notch and the variety of voice actors really add something to this classic story.
If you are just trying out audible for the first time I say download this audiobook if your into geeky/scifi books, you'll dig it.
I spend a lot of time trying to find authors that I can enjoy the story, sure, but the speed of the story, the twists I did not see whilst still wanting to read science fiction or fantasy. Orson has done it all, it was a seed change for me in science fiction which can be sooo serious about itself. This just gets on with the story and a great story it is. Well done.
It's easy to understand why this book is required reading for the USMC Officers Course. It teaches about training, the limits of the human mind, the basic principles of leadership, all wrapped in an enticing story. Definitely worth the time to listen, especially if you lead people.