The story itself is excellent. The only reason I gave this four instead of five stars is that there were a few glitches in production, places where words got clipped, things that were noticeable but didn't impair the listeners ability to follow the story. Also, during the asides between the Battle School commander and various other people it could be difficult to tell who was saying what- that's mostly because in the books those sections aren't attributed to specific speakers until after several of them have passed. The narrators do a good job differentiating between characters, for the most part, but the way those 'interludes' were written provide certain challenges when being read out loud.
I'd heard of Ender's Game but just never got around to reading it. When I ran across it on "Audible", I figured what did I have to lose. Now was my chance to see what everyone has been raving about for 20 years. I can assure you I wasn't disappointed.
I took me about 10 minutes into the book to become completely engaged. I'm now reading the 3rd book in the Ender Saga! I usually don't like audio books with more than one person doing narration, but again I was surprised. It somehow works for this book. This novel exceeded all my expectations and broke down some barriers for me. It is an excellent read that I would, without hesitation, recommend to anyone.
I strongly recommend this book to all who love fiction. It does not matter whether you're a fan of science fiction or not - Ender's Game has something that everyone who likes good writing can appreciate. Great narration!
Recommended to me by one of Special Force's buddies. I liked the way the author's main character, Ender, would use military strategy/tactics to exploit an enemy and not only stop an enemy but defeat the enemy from any future aggressions. I can't believe I didn't read this book years ago. Don't wait like I did. Read or listen to this book, you won't be disappointed.
I first read Ender's Game in middle school many years ago. Hearing it again as an adult brought new meanings to me. It is an incredible story that will probably revisit every few years - ala The Lord of the Rings.
A wonderful story, a wonderful audible purchase. Any fan of sci-fi should be required to read this at least once.
I liked this one so much that I can't wait for my credits to come around before buying the next one. It all ties together perfectly, aliens don't just have a bump on their nose or pointy ears, they are completely different in every way unimaginable... this is true sci fi.
I don't know how I missed both Ender's Game and Scott Card for 25 years. I had thought nothing in Sci Fi could really thrill me since Heinlein's passing. This is a stunningly original idea and universe, skillfully told, and well performed. The rest of the series is worth listening to only because the characters in this story become part of you and a chance to visit with them again can't be passed up. It did not win Hugo and Nebula awards because it was just good. This is a great story.
I had heard about this book from a friend who said "I had to read it." I put it off for a long time because I'm not really into Sci-Fi. I did like Gatticca and a few other Sci-Fi-type movies that go deeper than rockets.
This book also goes deeper than rockets, but not a whole lot. It is very well written, but the detail that goes into the nuts and bolts and positioning of this and that is excruciating. That was the main turn-off really.
The point of the book was good, the ending quite unexpected, the character development excellent. I usually read non-fiction, critical books, that get straight to the point. I rarely read fiction. So, fluffy detail kind of puts me to sleep.
If you like fiction, this book is probably worth your time, despite being a Sci-Fi book. But if you like to get straight to it and don't care for long diatribes of description, you might not.
On another note, however, if you are a writer, or would like to be a writer, it's worth listening to just for the 45 minute interview with the author at the end. That is Excellent.
Having said all that, I'm glad I listened to it. If I had a lot of credits, and not a lot in my wish list, then this is a good choice, but if you're trying to decide between this and another book, and you're similar to me, then it probably is worth reading later.