Wow! If you have read this book (or not), do yourself a favor and get the audiobook. If any book was meant to be heard instead of read, this is it!
Most Science Fiction and Fantasy I have read is entertaining, but has little enduring litary value. Ender's Game is an exception to the rule. This novel carries themes and ideas that lead to reader to think about the writing, rather than just be entertained by it.
It doesn't hurt that Card's writing is wonderful. The novel is full of detailed, exciting descriptions of actions sequences, political intrigue, and great soliloquy. It is also ripe with dramatic irony.
The audio production is good. The narrators (except for the one woman) are all very good readers. There are full dramatizations that, at parts, feel out-of-place. There are unique challenges to conveying passages of pure dialogue with no narration, though, and it is a good compromise. It is not the best audio production, but it does not take from the novel either.
It is an interesting footnote that Card's predictions in the 1980s of far-future video games and simulators would be spot-on to how they are today in the 21st century.
Card's audio commentary after the novel is insightful and entertaining. It is neat to know that the novel first existed as a short story in the 1960s, for example, and that he had been told all along that "Ender's Game" was a terrible title. It also shows the shrewdness in which he dealt with marketing the novel.
This is one of my favorite Science Fiction novels, and one of my favorite books overall. I recommend it to fans of Sci-Fi and good writing alike!
I really enjoyed this book. Stayed up way past bedtime because I couldn't turn it off.
This is one of the best books I have listened to this year.
If you haven't read or listened to Ender's Game, do yourself a favor and get it now.
Enders Game is a classic science fiction book made better by the audio format. The readers do a first-rate job, and the story is so compelling that the story ends much too soon. Fortunately, there are many books in the Enders Game line; I have read them all, and I look forward to listening to the rest.
Stefan Rudnicki does a wonderful, wonderful job of reading this exceptional book. The story is as good as its awards suggest. This audio recording includes a part, after the reading of the book, in which the author (Orson Scott Card) explains at some length how he wrote and promoted the book, and the difficulties he faced in the effort to bring it to screen. An interesting tale of a writer's integrity. Definitely worth the money, and the time.
Guess my title say's it all. But seriously, this book is well written, entertaining, and very ahead of its time. Kudos to the author.
The narrator is very good. There is a bit of weird music at the beginning of chapters, but it is not distracting. There is also an afterword by Orson Scott Card at the end.
I gobbled this audio book quickly. I consider this my introduction to Sci-Fi and now I'm searching for more books that will give me such a satisfying experience. Not only was the story totally engaging, but the narration team of this book, especially the lead narrator, made this a joy. Recommended for everyone, not just sci-fi fans.
This book definitely took a while to get my full interest. It began a little slowly and seemed a little boring, but thankfully I continued to listen. By the end though, I realized just how well thought out this story was. It was a good story and well worth listening to. I wish I could give it a 4.5 rating!