Orson Scott Card is an excellent writer and this rendition of the book is A grade material.
What a twisted ending!
As the first book in an epic story, it stands quite well on it's own. This is a story about treachery, survival, the will to live against all odds. You can take it at the surface if you want. But it's got layers of depth to its ideas. It presents some deep philosophical questions about the individual versus group, society and mass mind, survival of the fittest as an individual versus as a group, humans versus aliens. I beleive Card has been educated on key biological concepts by the greats like Darwin, Huxley, Gould, Dawkins and he's applied them on a biological and social level in this book. I was very pleased that this book is more than just a light hearted story. In the spirit of great science fiction, Card has successfully woven in scientific theory and concepts on many levels... the book has scientific theories applied on technological, individual and social levels. It has "what-if's" on what can be technologically. But it goes beyond and interweaves all this with a truely rolicking adventure that includes drama and a twisted surpise. Card even threw in difficult questions on what is right and wrong.... and spiced it all up with added treachery and trickery. The personalities he developes through all this are clear as a bell. After reading this book, I KNOW Peter, Valentine, Ender and even Dr. Graff. I could identify with the characters. This is a book I can relate to and one I'll be thinking about for quite a while. It's definitely on my re-read (or relisten) list for a couple of years from now.
Thank you Mr. Card for writing this. I can't wait to read more about Ender Wiggens.
This is far and away one of the best listens I have experienced. I could not turn it off but, at the same time, I did not want it to end. The time at the battle school was enthralling.
Great book. My only complaint is that after the ending, which was great, he kept on going. It is clear that he only tacked this on so that his second book, which was already writen, would fit into a series.
This is without a doubt the best sci-fi audio book I've ever listened to. I've been searching for something to captivate me as Enders' Game has and nothing compares. Truly a work of art!
This is a great book. The audio is also great. The readers of this series are very engaging and make the book really come alive. I highly reccomend the entire series. And this is definitely the first book in the series to read.
This is one of the funnest books I've ever read. And listening to it reminds me of all I enjoyed during that first read. The evolution of Ender from a bright, innocent 6 year old to a leader of armies is so enthralling that I can't wait to get in my car again.
However, it is certainly not one of the greatest science fiction books ever. Card is the John Grisham of science fiction. He creates fine young heros and spices things with narrative tension and intriguing details. But the adult dialog is awkward and the ideas get hijacked by psychobabble.
And this recording is an overwrought melodrama. Part of the reason is the use of a full cast, who act out the parts that Ender is not in. These sections add depth to the story, but come off as either stilted (Colonel Graf and his cohorts) or silly (Valentin).
When are they going to make the movie?
One of the best Science Fiction books on the market today a must read for all Sifi fans. Excellent characters that wrap you up in there lives. Story is engaging all the way through, never a dull moment. Completely love this book
One of the best Sci-Fi experiences. You must experience it! It is one of the few books that have haunted me for a long time. But I did find it very depressing.
I loved this book. One of the best and fastest reads in a long time. I still can't stop thinking about Ender and his life. Though it's a science fiction book, it's mostly about the life of a special kid and his mental and emotional strength.
This is one of those books you can listen to over and over.