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.
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"Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." (The New York Times)
I would have to agree with the reviewers above. I thought "Ender's Game" was my favorite science fiction book ever (and I've read quite a few), until I read "Speaker for the Dead". You must read the first to enjoy the second, but you most definitely will enjoy the second.
I am not usually a sci-fi fan, but Ender's game was so engrossing that I have listened to it twice and had to get the sequel "Speaker for the dead". Ender is easy to identify with if you have a streak of determination and don't plan on letting the big guys win. I did find the voice of Valentine irritating at the end, I felt the speech should be more straight-forward and less dramatic.
The overall concept of the book is unique, but age of the main character makes many of his feats somewhat unbelievable. I recommend this book only as a good prequel for "Speaker for the Dead" which in my opinion, is very good, original Sci-Fi.
Quite a good audiobook. A well developed plot, always interesting if somewhat linear, and some good twists to jolt the antennae. Well read, except for the irritating and whiney voice of Val.
The science was lamentable. We are asked to accept the premises of relativistic time compression AND faster-than-light communication in the same book. Please, we are not idiots ! Also, there is the problem of trying to imagine what environmental pressure would lead the aliens to evolve faster-than-light telepathic communication ?? At least it answered a few nagging concerns about 'Starship Troopers'. The author also wisely avoids describing how the humans'weapons of mass destruction operate - they would seem to defy all known laws of time and space, even string theory.
Science fiction is not supposed to follow good science, I know, but to predict it. Don't get your hopes up about this one, kiddies.
The other aspect of this book which is impossible to ignore is the unrelenting cruelty to children. To boil the plot down to a few words - if you place children under intense psychological pressure, even mental torture, isolation, deprivation, then you will create genius. The good of humanity depends upon cruelty to the individual. Perhaps this is a bit of a parody of Spock, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the One" It made me wonder what sort of a childhood the author had ?
At the end of the book, however, I am keen to listen to the rest of the series which, I suppose, is the best sort of recommendation.
This was my first Sci-Fi book in a long time and I was not disappointed. Enders Game is full of compelling characters, has a great story line and is fast paced. I highly recommend it - even to people who do not traditionally go for the Sci-Fi genre. This book earns its high rating.
What can be said that isn't said? I'm a little upset that the stuff I'd read before hearing this gives away a major plot twist, but that doesn't mean that this wasn't one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I
've listened too. Interesting use of different voices for different perspectives...except that one female voice (Val) that kept trying to do a deep man's voice. Sounded ridiculous. Well read, overall. Gripping, sad, poignant, all wrapped up with an ending that I really enjoyed. Emotions are very well written; engaging you with the characters and making it impossible not to empathize.
After hearing of this book series, and having strayed from Sci-Fi for a while, I wanted an easy way back in, something entertaining and surprising. Not a "Dune" (the only book so far I've read three times) but a meaty enough story to keep my interest. It's fun to "discover" a new author and I responded to other positive reviews as making this a "safe bet" for my very first Audible purchase.The reader has a voice that really worked for me and I liked the subject matter. I was happy that I could talk with my teenage nephews about this book (one had read it in HS English) and I would recommend it to anyone as a "see how different Sci-Fi can be" book. I know there are a bunch more Ender books out there and I will probably do at least one more.
My dog Maggie give it 5 bones because of all the extended walks she got as kept walking "just one more block..." to advance the story.
Reasonable plot, fun to listen to. It's not exactly thought-provoking, but it's a good diversion. The narration was good, though the woman who reads Valentine's voice is a bit whiny. I read the paper version in high school, and it's still pretty enjoyable 15 years later to listen to.
Not being into polictics or the military, I wasn't sure this book would appeal to me. However, it quickly had me in its grip and I eagerly listened to every minute. The characters were compelling and real. The story was interesting, spanning years but with a sense of urgency that moved it quickly along. It was completely fascinating from beginning to end. The end was surprising, yet believable and I couldn't wait to hear more about Ender Wiggin. I've already ordered Speaker for the Dead. The only negative I could give it would be that a couple of the narrators are mildly annoying. The main narrator has a habit of ending his sentences with an upward lilt, as if he was asking a question when he is not. The female narrator has the most melancholy voice I have ever heard. Though this is not really out of character for what she is reading, it took some getting used to. I did get used to both voices after a few chapters and it certainly did not keep me from enjoying the story.
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