This is a classic by Orson Scott Card and is the first book in the Enders series. This was originally written as a standalone book but the author has gone back to expanded the universe. So if you enjoyed this one and would like to see what happens next there are several more books to follow this one. In Ender's Game humanity finds itself at war with space aliens that are basically giant bugs. I found myself forgetting at times how young the "soldiers" were. When Ender starts at the War School he is only 6 years old, but Ender and the other soldiers there are unlike any child you know. They are all genus children being trained to command an Army against hostile bugs. If you haven't read this one yet I would definitely pick this one up. Plus Hollywood is making a movie based on this book and is due out in November of 2013.
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I cannot believe this was written in the 80's. This book is captivating, entertaining, humorous, heart warming and emotional. I found myself wanting more, watching Ender grow up and the trials he goes through at such a young age tugged at my heart strings. I really liked the story of Peter and Valentine as well. Honestly, I'm glad they made a movie because I probably would not have picked this book up otherwise. I always read the books before a movie and I can't be sure the movie can do the book justice but I will definitely be seeing the movie.
The narration was perfect. I am a very picky listener and don't like trying new narrators because they can absolutely ruin a book. These readers did an amazing job. I never got confused on the characters and it flowed seamlessly.
Onto the next. I am a Orson Scott Card fan for life now!!!
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
This book has sat on my shelf since the days when I taught reading to 6th and 7th graders. I never got around to reading it then, but recently decided I was ready to take it on, especially since I could listen to it. I'm not the world's biggest sci-fi fan, but occasionally I really like to read it. This is a book easily understood and followed, unlike a lot of sci-fi, which may be why I don't often read it. Having to learn a whole new existence is hard work. I enjoyed this story a lot. I saw a lot of symbolism in it which always makes a book interesting to me. I could empathize with Ender right from the very start, and he became, if not dear to me, at least someone I could care about. It is great to read a book by a fellow Utahn, especially someone like Orson Scott Card who has made it big time with his writing. I'm not sure if I will read/listen to another book in this series, but I am not discounting it.
Ender's Game is considered a classic Sci Fi novel and after listening to this 20th anniversary version I can see why. There are plenty of concepts here to take issue with but I was so quickly sucked into the story of Ender Wiggen that I just went with the flow and didn't get caught up in the things that didn't make much sense.
Twice before the human race has faced extinction at the hands of the Buggers, an alien race that ruthlessly attacks without communicating in any way, and many feel the 3rd war is imminent. It is within this context that we learn about the battle school set up by the "IF" to train children to become commanders of the human fleet. With the 3rd war almost upon us, humanity is running out of time to prepare. The powers that be will cut any corner and take any risk they deem necessary to get ready because if they fail there will be no humans left to condemn their actions as immoral.
The children that enter battle school are heralded as heroes as they essentially forfeit their childhood (and lives) to be tools of the military. Ender Wiggen is one such child and the centerpiece of the story. Due to population issues, couples in this future are expected to be "compliant" and have no more than 2 children. As a "third" child Ender's life is forfeit to the military to be used as they see fit. He is monitored and manipulated from the moment of his birth which was permitted only because of the potential shown by his siblings.
We come to know many of the ways that Ender is being manipulated, but not all of them. This knowledge puts us in a morally ambiguous position when judging his actions. Is Ender truly responsible for his actions or is he a victim of circumstance? Should he resist this pre-ordained path and perhaps forsake mankind to the Buggers or suck it up and do when is needed of him?
I recommend you give it a listen and draw your own conclusions about Ender Wiggen.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
Stefan Rudnicki - Nuff said! Of course the story was great also.
OSC did a masterful job and you really come to care about Ender. The relationship building (and strains) were spectacular.
The ending was perfect. I didn't see it coming and it did not disappoint.
I was amazed at the technology foreshadowing and how spot-on he was. Original written in 1977 as a short and then expended into a novel in 1985, it is cool reading about the "net" and the "desks" which of course sound a lot like the Internet and iPads. The Internet didn't really become anywhere mainstream until around 1994.
In general the story was great. I can't believe I never read it back in the 80's - I would have been in High School. But now I did and it was great. I highly recommend this audio version. Stefan Rudnicki did a great job as always! Harlan Ellison did as well and towards the end they even did some parts together with her as Valentine and him as Ender.
Now I can't wait for the movie!
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4.75 out of 5 stars
This book is as old as I am, and I'm not really sure how that makes me feel. I knew that this was "classic" science fiction, but I honestly didn't know when it was written. I've heard a little about this book just since it's a classic, but I honestly went into this completely blind. I wanted to read an older science fiction book that I didn't read when I was younger, and this was in my Audible queue.
The narration was done by a trio of people who all do a really nice job. I'm honestly not sure who narrated most of it, but he has a deep and booming voice. I found the difference between how Ender's voice probably was and the narration to be an interesting choice, but the subject matter of the book makes it an obvious one. All three narrators do a great job though. I can tell that Macmillan put some thought into this newer audiobook version.
I'm really glad that I picked this up. I wasn't sure what I was jumping into, but it was a ride from beginning to end. I can tell that this book was written for a younger audience than myself, but I still found myself really enjoying it. And honestly, for as young as the main character (and audience) is -- this book had some violence in it.
The character of Ender was so perfectly written. The perfect mix of his brother and sister. A "third" that no one cared about. Who had empathy but also had limits. Who would only hurt someone if they pushed him too far. Also, apparently the perfect candidate that everyone on Earth will need to depend on. Oh yeah, and he's only a child. Not even 10 yet when the start to train him.
The final hour or so of the book really blew my mind. I won't ruin or spoil anything (I mean, even if I do, the book is how old now?) But, honestly after Ender finishes his training -- my mind was blown. Card really pulled a number on me, all these years later he had me totally tricked. I knew something was going to happen, but I didn't expect what did.
Overall, Ender's Game was a pretty enjoyable YA Sci-Fi Classic. It has definitely stood the test of time. This could have been written yesterday or 30 years ago like it was. A story that is told this well will stand the test of time. Ender's Game is a testament to that.
This is probably one of the best stories I've ever read. It has action, aliens, and so much more! The best part is that it teaches such a valuable lesson. It was truly fantastic for readers/listeners of any age.
The unfortunate part about this book were the performances. I'm not being sexist but the guys were okay...it was the girl that would read Valentine's parts that drove me nuts! She sounded like an over-dramatic high schooler. However, I will give the cast credit. I started the next book in the series and the narrations are much better.
Overall, this book is definitely worth the listen.
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I have read this a number of time over the past 15 years and I think that it is excellent every time. Great narrators and the plot is amazing. It gets you thinking.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is an award-winning book and the basis for a blockbuster movie starring Harrison Ford. Earth needs a hero to protect against potential invaders from another planet (the Buggers). Ender is among a group of genius children who leave their families to attend Battle School, where they will be trained to command Earth's fleet and, hopefully, save the human race from extinction. The training is primarily through battle games the children play in a zero gravity room and with battle simulators. Ender immediately stands out as Earth's greatest hope for salvation, and this book is basically about his arduous journey through Battle School.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a unique story that is never dull. The ending is great and will catch you totally by surprise!
PERFORMANCE - There are three narrators, two male and one female. It's refreshing to have the distinction between characters, but their voices are way too mature to pass as children. IMHO, the performance is good enough, but not great. I've also listened to the four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which I think is perhaps slightly better, but it's a close call.
OVERALL - I'd recommend this story for everyone - adult, children, guys, girls. There's some fights among the children which are semi-violent, but no sex or cursing. This is a series so the ending is left slightly open, but this book can definitely stand on its own.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I was twenty when I first read “Ender’s Game” back in 1987. I was completely absorbed in it, turning the pages eagerly to know what would happen next and being shocked, even outraged, when I understood the sustained deceit and betrayal on which the book was based.
Twenty-six years later, I decided to listen to the audio book version. It was a delight. The narrators give it the feel of a radio play without missing a word of the original prose.
Perhaps because I knew the ending or perhaps because I am older, this time my attention was caught by the sadness of the book. Ender is almost always alone, almost always being pushed into situations where none of his options are good, and always burdened by the knowledge the choices that he takes change who he is. I was also more sympathetic to the adults who do the terrible things that shape Ender’s fate; knowing that they are terrible, necessary and unforgiveable. Ender’s assailed innocence and the compromised integrity of the adults are a lesson it what it means to be “grown up” and why children deserve to have time to be children.
The book focuses relentlessly on the violence we are willing to commit and the “sins” we are willing to live with in order to survive. It doesn’t glorify these things but it doesn’t diminish them either. It tackles what it means to be different and how often an inability to communicate turns difference into conflict.
At its heart, “Ender’s Game” tells us that all games are real, all choices matter, everything that creates an enemy has a consequence. What makes the book remarkable is that it tackles all this while doing a good job of seeing the world through the eyes of a (very bright) vulnerable, lonely, child who is equally gifted with empathy and ruthlessness.
Re-reading the book more than twenty years on adds other points of interest: Card’s imagining of the role of the web, the “desks” the children work on and the concept of war executed by tele-presence are all pleasingly accurate. This time round I was very aware that the ending of the book felt like an add-on to set up “Speaker for the Dead” – which I also read twenty-six years ago.- whereas, on the first read, I saw it as a slightly clumsy effort at redemption. The audio book includes an interview with Card, where he explains that he did indeed rewrite the ending and how that came about. I now find Card’s politics a little thin and unconvincing – too American to be truly global- but I found the way he writes Ender’s sister much more moving than before.
The movie will be out soon. I don’t have high hopes of it, although I’ll watch it all the same. In my view, the most entertaining and engaging way to experience “Ender’ Game” is to listen to this audio version. I recommend it to you.