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)
Performance was top-notch. Their voices let you know exactly who is speaking, no need for "he said, she said". Many different readers and actors use expressive dialog, which gives more meaning and understanding than the text alone.
The story was incredible. In many ways, this book is better than Dune, 1984 or Brave New World because of the philosophy and world view inside of it. There's a hope for humanity and the idea of a meritocracy, plus a salvation angle.. while still exploring human evil, perversion, and envy in depth.
There's many surprises, and elements of pure imagination at its best.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Ender's Game and Shadow are those rare works that can be enjoyed by adolescents and retirees. Great writing of an extraordinary story. This has been around a long time and I'm glad I finally found the time to enjoy OSC's signature works.
I'm just not sure why thsi book gets so much attention. I forced myself to finish it. I can tell the author is a good writer, but the story just gets a little dry. It was hard to get into a 9 year old character who has no freedom, few choices, who spends most of his time in non-dangerous simulations, and the strategies of which are hazy and made up. This means when the lead character 'outsmarts' his opponents, we just have to accept it was a superior strategy. Anyway, there was another problem with he story at the end, but I dont' want to include spoilers.
I'd heard sterling reviews of this book from lots of folks, but - until now - had not made time to read or listen to this book. My mistake! The story was SO much fun, and the characters are SO engaging - I didn't want to stop listening. I actually started looking forward to my daily commute, just so I could continue this book! In fact, the author (in his comments at the end of this audio version) even says that he himself actually prefers that people listen to (vs. read) this book. I can see why! The narration (using various voice talents) was great - and really helped bring the characters alive. One of the best credits I have spent so far.
Now the question is what order to read the books in. The author, Orson Scott Card recommends reading in the same order he wrote them in.
The Ender books:
Speaker for the Dead, by far my favorite and could be read and enjoyed without reading any of the others – these next three books happen two thousand of years after all Ender and all the Bean books.
Children of the Mind
The Bean series
Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow of the Giant
A War of Gifts – not part of Ender or Bean series story line. Christmas in Battle school where one of the children solders gives presents. If you loved the dynamics of battle school in Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow this is a good read.
Ender in Exile – Takes place within the latter part of Ender’s Game to fill in between xxx and xxx, I don’t want to toss in a spoiler. It also encompasses all 4 Bean Shadow books.
First Meetings: In the Enderverse – 4 short stories including the original short story Ender’s list, a couple back stories on his Parents and one more short about black mail.
If you wanted to read by time line start with Ender’s Game then the 4 Bean Shadow books. Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide & Children of the Mind could be last. It is worth noting that they are very different form the other books; Battle School is vague memory, grown up ender is no longer the child hero.
All the books have excellent production and are well read by a full cast.
One more thing about Ender’s Game; the first time I listened I thought that the book was really over and the author was just filling in time for the last hour. Boy was I wrong and I ruined it for my self. It was only after I started Speaker for the Dead did I realize what Card did at the end.
I do not believe the series is finished. Hopefully there will be another book that takes place after Children of the Mind.
I found this to be a very enjoyable and engaging story, read by a team that did a great job. (One of the minor characters is read by Orson Scott Card.)
I have seen some of the reviews that suggest that the narration detracted from the enjoyment of this audio book. However, on the contrary, I found that the narration team did a wonderful job. It was as if each of the various readers really understood and empathized with their characters.
Ender's Game is a classic SiFi story that is well worth your time. Card creates characters that you love, and characters that you hate, in a world that is believable.
You will also enjoy the author's comments following the story.
I give it two thumbs up.
This is definately an Orson Scott Card classic. I have read and re-read this book over the years and I loved listening to it. The narrators were fabulous and though I can't figure which character it was, Card was in there too. The author's note at the end is definately worth listening to.
I'm not usually a big fan of Sci-Fi, but this story was quite captivating from beginning to end. I will definitely look into reading some of this author's other books.
...I loved this book! Had no idea where it was going and had to think twice about its premise, but it holds up beautifully. Followed it by listening to "Speaker for the Dead" which I would also recommend (in that order) for new readers (listeners) of Card.
I have read some of Orson Scott Card's novels in the past, but have never before encountered Ender. And to be introduced to this wonderful story as an audio book with multiple actors was a real treat. After all, Card himself says in the afterward that this is the media for which he wrote the book. I enjoyed this audio book so much that it is still on my MP3 player and will likely remain there, even though I seldom leave a book on my player once I have listened to it. I am really looking forward to reading and listening to other works by Orson Scott Card; especially those about this intriguing boy, Ender Wiggins. Definitely 5 stars!
"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.
"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
"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.
"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!
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