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
"This is definitely not just a "Game""
"A must read". Despite the cliche 3 words, I thing you should really read the novel because it is very good.
I thought it was similar to "The Fall of Reach", except this one was mrs politically loaded.
I liked the narrator, he was easy to listen to. But the narrator who played Valentine, I don't know if it was the equipment or she just had a high pitched voice, but it made my ears bleed.
No, I even saw the twist coming at the end...
"My new favorite book"
The inner anguish when he realizes what he has been made to do.
Humans are free, except when humanity needs them.
"So much better than the multi-cast version!"
This is such a triumphant little book, drives you on and challenges you to think.
Ender!! I listened to this book a few months ago and am only disappointed that listening again is never the same. If only I could go back in time and do it all over again!
No, but I did originally download the multi-cast version. Argh! Shockingly sugary American. Blurgh! This version allowed me to really feel for Ender, no distractions here.
"Enjoyed the book but experience was tainted"
Never read the book.
Ender. Protagonist and chillingly cold yet likeable.
Clear narration and good characterisation - made it a bit more audio-drama -ish.
no, there was enough of a time line to make breaking it up sensible and keep concentration up.
was disappointed to learn afterwards that the author is an irredeemable homophobe with a really warped view on personal freedoms. It tainted my enjoyment of the story from seeing the militaristic future for mankind as dystopian to shockingly realise it was the author's utopian ideal. He would have thrived in 1930's Berlin.