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)
History enthusiast with military and legal background.
The only reason I wouldn't read it again is because I already know the denouement (sp). I didn't see that coming. WOW!
I would tell you but it would ruin the entire book.
I really liked the tag team reading. At first it threw me off, but then it made sense.
I got this book because my high schooler was assigned to read it, and I wanted to be able to discuss it with her. I was hooked immediately. I see why it was assigned; you could teach an entire semester leadership course based on this book. You have to suspend your notion of the maturity and intelligence of kids that are the age of these characters, but once you do you will have fun with this book. I see the movie version is coming out. If it is as good as this book it will be a blockbuster. My daughter and I had some good conversations about the book, which also made it well worth the read.
Say something about yourself!
Do you enjoy Fantasy or video games or the mind of a child genius?
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Are you up for a great audio read? - Even better, listen to this!
20 years later, and I'm feeling a bit sheepish that it took IMDB to enlighten me to Orson Scott Card's masterpiece; however, I may think twice next time I pick up a video game controller. Crazy epic, and I'm sure I'll visit this book again and again.
Ender's the man!
Great storyline that kept me listening intently. Characters are all developed adequately and story flows and is easy to follow.
Not at first, but after I got going I would have loved to if time allowed.
There was one woman performer whose character voices did not deviate much from each other and seemed over dramaticised, but her appearance was rare until especially the end.
Definitely worth a listen!
My name is Chris and I am an addict.
Ender's Game is an audiobook I have been told was always amazing and it did not fall short. The end took myself by a little bit of surprise and the book is one that is best when finished. If you listen or read it without finishing you may not enjoy it, but the author really knows how to put it all together.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
A friend of mind recommend that my son read this book. That was about two years ago, and my son (who dislikes reading) never read it. Having heard a lot about the book, and learning that a movie was soon to be released, I thought that I would give it a read. I am so glad that I did because I loved it.
Set in a not-too-distant future, the story revolves around a boy named Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. Ender is recruited into the International Fleet (a kind of space-based military organization) at the age of six and is trained to become a commander of the International Fleet to help in their fight against an alien species that look a lot like insects (or bugs) and are called "buggers." As part of Ender's training, he is required to play a series of increasingly difficult games that will require him to make command decisions and work with teams of other kids.
I completely loved the story that was told about how Ender was trained and how he progressed through the training. In reading other reviews of the book (and in hearing about the ant-gay comments of the author), I was hesitant about reading it because I was unsure if there would be too much violence or too much anti-gay rhetoric. I am happy to report that this was not the case. Yes, there is a lot of violence. I am unsure if I would want a six-year-old to read this book; however, the violence seemed perfectly in context of the story.
If I had any complaint about the book it would be about the storyline involving Ender's siblings back on Earth. At first, I thought that I could have done without that part of the story entirely. Even so, as I progressed through the book, I could see why it was valuable to show what was transpiring back on Earth while Ender was being trained in space.
I don't want to give anything else away about the story; however, I can tell you that there were enough twists and shocks to keep me very interested. I enjoyed the book very much, and I am considering reading some of the other books in the series.
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
I'm not sure I'm qualified to review this book. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would but I still enjoyed it a lot. Perhaps it didn't live up to its expectations for me since I heard so many good things about it before I downloaded it. I liked the premise of the story with a young boy having way more responsibility than someone of his age should ever have and fighting his way through battle school. Our hero (Ender) goes through lots of soul searching and has to make a lot of tough decisions. He always seems to come out on top but being at the top can have some drawbacks.
The narration really brought the story to life. I have read the book in print, but never imagined the characters as vividly as when I listened to the audio version. We started out listening as a family, then my husband and I listened ahead when the kids fell asleep in the car. We didn't mind going back to hear it again when they were awake!
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
Near the top. I've read, or listened, to so many now that its hard for me to put an exact number on it but I'd put it in the top 5 I think.
Obviously Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. He was the hero all of us want to be. He acted exactly the way we often wish we had acted like after the deed is done.
Hmm, I don't know which narrator did which part but from those male names I'm assuming a male character. I have to say Colonel Graff. The performance of Graff was spot on. It fit his character very well.
Ender Wiggin is the greatest hero mankind has ever produced but will he be enough to save them from the enemy as well as themselves?
This is a sci-fi book but you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it. This book can entice readers from across different genres and it is almost unfair to limit it to being only a sci-fi book.
I loved OSC when I was young. I read everything he wrote. I'm so glad I revisited the Ender series as an adult. Everything looks so different through grown-up eyes.
I'm not usually a big fan of multiple narrators, but this was done well. Every one of them is incredibly talented.
"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.
"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.
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.
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
"Stick through the first few chapters"
It took me a while to get into Ender's Game. At first I disliked all of the characters because they were such cruel and boneheaded people. Not just the children but also the adults putting Ender through the training. However, as I read on, some of the characters began to reveal the good aspects of their personalities. This provided the story with a much needed break from the constant bullying and military pressure.
I really started to like this book once the war games started. I enjoyed the zero-gravity combat scenes because of the well-described strategy involved. I loved the anticipation of finding out if Ender would win or not, and how he would do it. Once I was immersed in the story, the plot did not meander. I was constantly involved in what was going on and the ending took me by surprise in a very satisfying way.
I have mixed opinions about a couple of the narrators. The narrator who voices Ender's chapters has a great reading voice, but it's too deep to impersonate children accurately. It's easy to forget you are reading about kids when 8 year old Ender sounds like a 30 year old man. Also, the woman who voices Ender's sister's chapters sounded irritatingly melodramatic with every word.
So after initially doubting my ability to enjoy this book, I pushed through the first few chapters and realized what a great story it was. The writing style was clean and simple, the story was excellent, the narrators did a good job, despite a couple of minor problems.
Overall, Ender's Game is a great book about children being trained to command sci-fi armies with a side plot of children taking over the world via internet blogs (I don't get that last part either).
"Sorry I waited this long to read it"
Yes, very enjoyable book - will try others in the series next
The human element, focusing on the difference betwen the three children and their interaction with each other and society.
The reading was very believable, especially the adult charaters. Having a six year old child narrated by an adult sometimes makes you lose perspective on the fact that Ender is a child.
A nice twist at the end, not entirely unexpected, but completed the book nicely
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.
I'm looking for the button to click six stars
I first read Enders Game in my teens many years ago and having watched the movie and felt thoroughly disappointed I decided to revisit the book in audio format.
The delivery and performance is fantastic - the novel flows. Getting lost in the story is easy unlike a lot of the audiobooks I've listened to.
It's such an enjoyable listed I've bought extra Audible credits to get Speaker For the Dead (with. the same production team).
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!
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