Story – 5/5
I finally got around to this audiobook, and it was well worth the wait. Having watched and moderately enjoyed the film, I wanted to read the original source, especially as it is heralded as the best Sci-fi book of all time by so many. It didn’t disappoint either, it is certainly the best sci-fi I have read (although I haven’t read many)
The depth of character and emotion were superb, Orson Scott Card really gets us into Ender’s head. The strategies employed in the battle room and against the buggers were highly entertaining, and extremely detailed and well written, so you are able to picture exactly what is being described. The bits I enjoyed the most was the elements of the story about Ender’s siblings though, and also the inserts between chapters of the battle commanders discussing Ender’s training, which you don’t get in the film. It really helps to understand why these kids are so intelligent and how they are seen by the adults.
Are there any Negatives? I certainly couldn’t find any. I am looking forward to the next book in the series; even though I know it is completely different.
Performance – 4.5/5
Although it has multiple narrators, I can’t say it added much to the story like other full cast productions have. Each were very good in their own right, it just wouldn’t have been any worse if just 1 of them read it.
The main narrator, I think it may have been Stefan Rudnicki, was especially good, and I will keep an eye out for other audiobooks read by him.
Overall – 5/5
I enjoyed this story and finished it pretty quickly. Ender is an unusual character that you quickly become invested in and want to know how his story ends.
The multi-actor performance works well - in his postcript at the end the author says he writes from a stageplay background, so the spoken performance suits his work well.
As a tiny note, the main narrator's voice is very deep so I found it difficult to listen to on my phone using the speakers (it got lost too easily in background noise) and needed to use headphones to make it louder. Maybe I'm just getting old!
I love how Orson Scott Card plays with power and shows Ender's understanding of what the other characters do and why. Very well narrated.
I would recommend this book, particularly if you have seen and liked the film. There are far more tactics involved. There are more games, deeper characters and Ender's family story is much better.
My favourite character was Bean, as it brought around a greater sense of awareness from Ender.
The Narrator gave a solid performance, drawing the correct emotions from the character as the given moments.
I raced through this book, despite having a busy schedule at the time, which is a testament to the story and the narrator.
I've listened to so many, I can't really give it a number, but pretty highly.
Ender himself, unsurprisingly. Card makes me believe that someone so young can be so educated and so wise... at least during the listen. He makes for a strong identification character, as is often the case in good SF.
No I haven't but I'd be happy to hear them narrate again - preferably in the same book, as having the change of voice worked rather well.
No, it's too long, and takes place over several years.
It's amusing how much it's dated, especially where web technology is concerned. Ender's brother and sister are basically internet trolls!
"Jaw droppingly good"
This is sci-fi from the 80's. It reminded me strongly of Gateway buy Fred Pohl and Forever War by Joe Haldeman but it feels more modern. The characters use the internet before the internet even existed so that keeps it relevent.
It is just an amazing book. Ender is a compelling character and the narration, although it takes time to get used to is mainly very good. The reader of Ender has a dry, deep voice that initially seemed a strange choice but now Ender couldn't be anyone else.
This is the best Sci-Fi book I have had in years.
"Terrific story, but 1 of the 3 readers is awful"
I loved this story, and for most of it I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. For some reason, the story doesn't end when you would expect, but drifts on for a chapter or two, with a very different tone. I presume we'll see why in the following books in the series. Although this is scifi, it is really simply an adventure story set in the future: the science is neither central nor addressed in any detail.
This audiobook had three readers who take it in turn. Two are OK; unfortunately, the third, Gabrielle de Cuir, is absolutely awful - all inappropriate whingeing and pathetic and resigned, completely inappropriate for the characters - and irritating to listen to.
I nevertheless recommend this audiobook for anyone who, like me, enjoys good straightforward adventure stories of characters struggling on in the face of adversity, and using tactics, strategies and tricks to overcome the obstacles in their path.
"Harry Potter in space"
I really enjoyed this book, and i got hooked into it very quickly. While i enjoyed the middle part and build up to the climax alot, the ending was a little weak. It tries to build up to the next book in the series, Speaker of the dead. But i feel from the ending in book 1 that the theme and content will be quite different.
While i could enjoy the partly supernatural strategic powers of Ender in the book, towards the end it got a little out of hand with all of his friends sharing in the 10-12 year old awesomeness vs. adults, and i thought some of it as rather outright silly. Over the top is the correct term i presume.
"Great story not sure about narrator."
I loved the attachment to Ender and following his path. Found it a little confusing at first, the inflection of the narrator didn't help.
The way Orson Scott Card describes his characters and draws you into their world, so you really want to know what happens. Even though the story is out of our world of course, the writer still takes you with his characters and you really care about them.
He read ok, but not great. If he had more inflection in his tone, or changed his voice a little when different people were speaking that would help. But he kept it the same no matter who was speaking and whatever manner or person or situation.
Definitely. Great story. The narrator didn't suit me, but might be fine for others.
Would recommend this read!
"Great story that has a deep, complex under belly"
It's a great story of how a boy over comes adversity on his own but gains the respect of those around him. You also feel so much for the Ender's character and many battles, real and mental, that he continually and relentlessly has to fight.
The final battle scene
I read this book when I was in my 20's and it's still a great story the second time around not that I am in my 40's