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.
Sci Fi and fantasy fan, military sci fi is my current fav.
This was a fun audio book meetin all my expectations. Very Fun not too heavy on the science filled with well developed characters.
I do not want this to sound cheap but really my favorite book of all time awesome writing great characters great twists only must read I have come across aside from harry potter
Great story and I particularly enjoyed the narration by Stefan Rudnicki. His reading of this work is the best narration I have heard yet!
I have no excuse for waiting so long to listen to/read this book. But it all worked out in the end, because this 20th anniversary edition of the audiobook was brilliant. The narrator was simply perfect, keeping me entranced throughout the whole book. Mr. Card can write, oh, yes he can.
I have read some of Orson Scott Card's novels in the past, but have never before encountered Ender. And to be introduced to this wonderful story as an audio book with multiple actors was a real treat. After all, Card himself says in the afterward that this is the media for which he wrote the book. I enjoyed this audio book so much that it is still on my MP3 player and will likely remain there, even though I seldom leave a book on my player once I have listened to it. I am really looking forward to reading and listening to other works by Orson Scott Card; especially those about this intriguing boy, Ender Wiggins. Definitely 5 stars!
I love to read sci-fi, fantasy, and an occasional murder mystery. If one day I can be a successful author I will consider myself one of the few and fortunate.
Ender's Game was Card's breakthrough debut novel which put him on the map in a big way. The character development of Ender is deep and insightful. The voice acting was top notch. It is rare to have so many top voice talents merge on a single great project, in my opinion. I loved Card's design of the battle school.The comparisons between regular schools and the battle school were nicely done. A lot of the same problems existed in the not so distant future school in the novel.
When you learn about the buggers you might think that this enemy isn't unique, but remember that this novel was originally written in 1985 so many films and books since may have copied him. Either way the novel offers such thought provoking dilemmas and solutions that often the choices aren't black and white for the characters.
Overall it is smart, well written, well read, and lets not forget it won the 1985 Nebula Award for best novel, and his follow up novel in 1986 won the Hugo Award for best novel with Speaker for the dead. The man knows how to write science fiction. Get it, you'll like it.
Ender's Game is required reading for any sci-fi fan for a reason. Great science fiction takes a fun and futuristic approach when tackling complex relevant issues and this book is the epitome of great science fiction. Ender's Game does an excellent job of developing relatable characters, even though they are child geniuses, and Ender's inner dialogue is fascinating. In Card's post script, he says that he modeled the children's speech on his 5-year-old son so keep that in mind if the name calling seems childish at times. The narration did a great job of mirroring the character's attributes and the speech patterns sounded like that of a child, when appropriate. And even though the book is about children, the subject matter is enjoyable for everyone. I thought Ender's Game was a lot of fun and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
It's not for nothing that this book is required reading in many schools now. Besides being a fantastic story, it's one that thinks deeply on the nature of leadership, morality, duty, honor, love, friendship, and power.
Many people will shy away from Ender's Game because they don't read sci-fi, but they shouldn't. I read it 5 years ago as a 20 year old woman who'd never picked up a sci-fi novel in her life, and loved it.
Not only was it the first sci-fi I'd ever read, it was the first audio book I'd ever listened to. It got me hooked and is still the gold standard. Rudnicki and the rest of the cast are pitch perfect all the way through.
Very highly recommended.