Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs? The only way to find out is to throw him into ever-harsher training at Battle School, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast.
But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. His two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Among the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
This Special 20th Anniversary Edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is now digitally remastered with a full cast production. It also contains an exclusive bonus: an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!
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"Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." (The New York Times)
I am completely dumbfounded by this book's popularity. The author's disgusting penchant for naked young boys almost gave me nightmares. The ubiquitous child nudity (and worse) serves no purpose whatsoever; it is merely the author's own sick indulgence. I actually hoped that the entire plot would turn out to be a metaphor for the horrors of sexual child abuse, providing an explanation for these apparently unnecessary scenes. Yet, even the most liberal interpretation could not lead me to conclude that Card was condemning sexual child abuse in any way. Card's only villain is totalitarianism.
The other shortcomings of this book are trivial in comparison. Among the most distracting features of the book is the extremely juvenile dialogue. It is understandable that the author would attempt to contrast the children's emotionally immaturity with their advanced intellect, but instead the children come across as Dumb (intellectually) and Dumber (emotionally).
Among Ender's greatest achievements in Battle School are his innovative combat strategies, such as shooting your opponents as they enter the room and before they can deploy, or not positioning your troops in rigid configurations. Duh!!! Meanwhile, Ender's brother and sister earn worldwide fame and respect by writing empty political platitudes that any high school AP student could match. Card's inability to create plausible intellectual giants belies his own limitations. Without real intellectual achievements or smart dialogue, the book's heroes are distinguished only by their early promotions and self-promotion.
Contrast Card's crude, in-your-face approach to developing a protagonist that children will identify with to J.R.R. Tolkien's creative masterpiece, Lord of the Rings. What young reader doesn't identify with the Hobbits, who succeed not by overcoming their perpetual childhood, but by embracing it? Orson Scott Card, by contrast, treats childhood as a period of ignorant bliss, ineptitude and weakness.
After listening to this book for about half an hour, I told my 14-year old daughter about it. She walked to the library the next day to check out the book. It wasn't long before my 12-year old was an Ender fan also. In the course of 4 weeks, the three of us read or listened to 4 books in this series as well as two books in another series telling the same story from another point of view. On any given day this past August, the three of us would be lost in the world of Ender. In a word: wonderful.
This is not something I do often, though having spoken to one of my sons regarding how he was enjoying Enders Game, I began to understand that this was not the sweet and innocent book I believed I had downloaded on his ipod. My sons sometimes listen to audio books for a short time before they go to sleep, and quite often are a sleep when we check. Last night my son wakeup really upset, after questioning it seems it was the audio book that gave him a fright. Both the language and the conations seem to have spooked him somewhat, this is ok and happenes but to discover the book contains language that we consider inappropriate for this age group is of concern. We do not live in an inner city area were this language may be common our kids are somewhat sheltered and remain relatively innocent, which is one of the advantage of living in a healthy Western Australia. Non the less it would have nice to have been clearly warned.
"You've go to read this!"
You are unfamiliar with the master that is Orson Scott Card, then you must get this! It may be a science fiction type setting but the story is much more about character development. It's exciting, wonderfully paced and once you start listening you just can't stop - you care so much about Ender.
The narration is just about flawless, and the use of different narrators adds to the interest and depth.
After this one - get 'Speaker for the dead' - it's even better than 'Ender's Game', and is probably my favourite book of all time. I cannot praise these two books enough.
I came to this book having already listened to Enders Shadow, a book written considerably later but occupying some of the same characters and taking place over the same period.
The book is great, worth the acclaim it rightly garnered. The presentation of the book is also fantastic, well read so you can get a feel for the characters, going quickly enough to not dawdle and remain interesting, whilst slow enough that you never miss the important parts.
I would highly reccommend it to anyone who enjoys well written, well produced and original Science Fiction.
The voice work and characterisation was superb.
For me the most memorable moments were between Ender and Alai.
Both actors were excellent.
I couldn't stop.
"A fantastic find!"
This is the first Orson Scott Card book I have read, and I have now booked two more of the 'Ender' series in my Wish List. It was one of the most touching and memorable books I have read, and this from an author, who in my ignorance, I had always characterised as a pulp sci-fi writer. From start to finish the book captivated me with its depiction of a reluctant boy-soldier who is pushed to the limit in the military's pursuit of a worthy commander to save the human race from an imminent alien invasion. This book is introduced as an 'Audible Kids' production but do not be fooled - it is a clever, mature book for children and adults alike.
It is a science fiction book at its core, but the characters are brought to life by beautiful writing and excellent narration. You will remember Ender Wiggins and his story for a long time.
"Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition |"
Fantastic, absorbing story. As fascinating today as when it was written 20 years ago. We listened to it on a long car journey 2 adults and a 12 year old and we all loved it. We immediately downloaded the next book in the series. The book challenges one to think about space, armies, children, relationships.
I'm looking for the button to click six stars
"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.
"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...
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