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)
Enders Game is a classic science fiction book made better by the audio format. The readers do a first-rate job, and the story is so compelling that the story ends much too soon. Fortunately, there are many books in the Enders Game line; I have read them all, and I look forward to listening to the rest.
Stefan Rudnicki does a wonderful, wonderful job of reading this exceptional book. The story is as good as its awards suggest. This audio recording includes a part, after the reading of the book, in which the author (Orson Scott Card) explains at some length how he wrote and promoted the book, and the difficulties he faced in the effort to bring it to screen. An interesting tale of a writer's integrity. Definitely worth the money, and the time.
Ender's Game is one heck of a ride. Brilliantly told and very well narrated. There's not much more to say as to not spoil it. This is definitely an essential must have for any type of reader. You won't regret it!
I gobbled this audio book quickly. I consider this my introduction to Sci-Fi and now I'm searching for more books that will give me such a satisfying experience. Not only was the story totally engaging, but the narration team of this book, especially the lead narrator, made this a joy. Recommended for everyone, not just sci-fi fans.
Loved the "production" of this book. It was created like a well done stage play and listening to Card discuss it at the end, that was his intent. Highly recommend to everyone.
Enders Game is one of my all time favorite books. I was very pleased with the audio version and enjoyed the discussion with the author at the end. Sometimes I've discovered that the audio version of a favorite book just doesn't live up to my memory. But this recording of Ender's Game is very well done; the narration is clear and understandable, inflection of the different characters is distinct without being distracting. Highly recommend
I finished this book in 2 days. It such a great book. I'm downloading "Speaker" right now. This is the first science fiction book I read and I'll continue reading the genre.
This audiobook grabbed me right away. I understand why this book is famous. It reminded me of Dune, because it has a similar theme, but this book is slimmer and tighter, the author more disciplined.
Others may disagree, but I think this book appeals more to boys than to girls, because of the constant themes of battle, and because all but one of the main characters are boys.
The narration is generally excellent. Most of the story is told from the title character, Ender's point of view. But some parts are from other characters' POV, and these parts have their own narrators. A few scenes were acted out. We could have been spared this these bits, but there aren't that many.
Stefan Rudnicki, who narrated Ender's story was the best. As the story takes us into the mind of this very special little boy, Mr. Rudnicki makes us hear his voice. So I'm glad most of it is read by him. The others are ok, including a woman who narrates from a female character's POV.
I'm three quarters through this book, and I'm enthralled. It is everything a sci-fi novel should be: intense, intelligent, and above all, human. The main characters are wonderfully developed, particluarly Ender, whose internal conflict is one of the main themes of the story.
The audio presentation is excellent, with different narrators presenting different sections, depending on which character's point of view is predominant. I generally don't like dramatizations, and there is some dramatic license taken in some of the narration, but I think it works in this case. Very well read by all the narrators.
I am about to buy all the books in this series. If they are 1/10th as good as this one, it's money well spent.
"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
"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).
I love how Orson Scott Card plays with power and shows Ender's understanding of what the other characters do and why. Very well narrated.
I would recommend this book, particularly if you have seen and liked the film. There are far more tactics involved. There are more games, deeper characters and Ender's family story is much better.
My favourite character was Bean, as it brought around a greater sense of awareness from Ender.
The Narrator gave a solid performance, drawing the correct emotions from the character as the given moments.
I raced through this book, despite having a busy schedule at the time, which is a testament to the story and the narrator.
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