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 will have to admit that when I cranked up my iPod and head: "This is Audible Kids!" I thought "Oh no I have acidently bought book or children." Although this books is about children, I would not consider it a book for children, or at least the age children the book is about (6-12 y/o). It was probaly the most unique book I have read or listened to. Even though it is 20 yeas old, it is intresing to see ideas like the internet, chat rooms etc portraied pretty acuratly by todays standards. I cant wait to read the rest of the series.
That is, until I started reading the Ender series. I can't even remember how I started, but it was the first time I found myself sitting in the driveway not wanting to get out of the car so that I could just keep listening. Not only that, the book has really stayed with me and I find myself thinking about the book from time to time. The writing and creativity are just mind blowing. This series alone has converted me to a Science Fiction fan. It's been 3 years since my first read of Enders game, and I'm listening to it again now and loving it just as much the second time around. Even if you're not typically into SciFi, I highly recommend you give it a try. Like another reader pointed out, it's slow to start - but stick with it. It gets so good!
Probably the best sci-fiction "story" I have ever read and would love to read again. I am not saying Ender's Game is the best sci-fi book ever but it has to be my FAVORITE sci-fi STORY.
I wished I had read this book as a 6th grader because there are so many adolescent life lessons that are masterfully described, set-up and solved (I could have used the help). I also really enjoyed the masterful way Orson Scott Card set up his story arcs and all the "games" with-in-games.
Remember that this book is a child's book. So having expectations that this book will be the greatest sci-fi book ever will most likely leave you disappointed. However if you enjoy a story with depth, plot twists and characters you might run into in real life then you'll fall in love with this book, like I did, and add it to your cycle of books you have to read every so many years.
Their are some violent scenes and some adolescent name-calling so if you don't want your children exposed to it that is your call. But I don't think the book describes anything your 5th or 6th grade hasn't already heard or seen at school or TV.
I can't stress enough how great this audiobook is. The storytelling is absolutely fantastic. The use of a different narrator for each character works very, very well. I'm already moving my way through the rest of the books in the Ender/Bean series and intend to listen to every single one of them; and this book started me off.
I loved listening to this book. It not only did a great job of transporting me into the future, it also had wonderful character development and made me care. I strongly recommend this book.
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.
With many dear friends who worship this book, I really, really wanted to like it. I'm not a sci-fi newbie, having read virtually everything by Bradbury, Asimov, Henry Cutter, and many others. Orson Card writes a very pedestrian novel here, with yet-another Messianic "The ONE" (a la Star Wars, the Matrix, the Wizard of OZ, Bible) thread about THE BOY (a heavily misogynistic tale) who will save mankind. The "this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you" style of Officer Training that 6-year old Ender Wiggin is put into would make an excellent model for suicide bomber camps everywhere. In fact, I'll bet it does!
Peter, the character who embodies pure evil, is as beguiling as Eddy Haskell from "Leave it to Beaver", but while the Cleavers could see straight through Eddy from the start, NO ADULT, but only Peter's young sister, can see him for what he is. Of course she is powerless to stop him, or resist him.
Everyone asked me to reflect on the "twist" in the story at the end. When I finally choked this whole thing down, I was bewildered. TWIST? Have you people ever read *any*thing else? Yes, it takes a tad bit unexpected turn at the end, and I'm told that I REALLY REALLY should try the more-sophisticated sequel. That's okay. I still have plenty of other things to read and *enjoy*.
It is my goal in life to read (or listen) to avery book that has been awarded a Nebula or Hugo award. They have never let me down, but I was doubtful about the Ender Saga; I mean, how much can you add to the basic premise of a boy in training? A lot! Like many other Nebula and Hugo award winers, the power of this book is in the detailed world in which Card immerses his readers. A rich and detailed book, Enders Game, can, and will transport almost everyone in to a new and gritty world that is a joy to observe though the eyes of a child. The readers do an excellent job at bringing out the overall mood of the novel. I particularly enjoyed the bits with Harlan Ellison, who is a great reader. Another great listen. I give it five stars.
Having both read and listened to this book I can't help but feel that the narration doesn't live up to the storytelling. At the risk of being harsh, the tone of the narration very much sounds like a monotone computer impersonating James Earl Jones. Also, as has been noted, the ending of the book (and much of the substance for first-time readers) is somewhat spoiled by Audible.com's review of the book.
That said, while I don't consider this to be the greatest sci-fi story every told, Ender's Game is a captivating journey in a fantastical and futuristic world seen through the eyes of the genius child bred to save it. Card does an admirable job constructing a political and social backdrop consistant enough with contemporary climate to be believable, yet still imaginative enough to support the futuristic elements, such as inter-glactic space travel, that substanciate the storyline. His attention to the subtle details of the children's jargon and personalities help round out the immersive experience for the reader (or listener).
I particularly enjoyed the length at which the battle school facilities were described, as well as Ender's thoughts and rationale for his actions as he experienced each new step in his progression through the school. As a result I developed a genuine connection to his character and felt a sense of realism with every new experience.
My lone critique of the story would focus on the political advancement of Peter and Valentine on Earth. I didn't find it to be a particularly compelling sub-plot, and the development did little to add to the main storyline. I realize that a break from the action in space was necessary but don't feel that it was done so in a very captivating way.
Ultimately, I found listening to this book to be a very enjoyable experience - despite what I consider to be poor narration. I look foward to listening to more books in the "Ender Wiggin Saga" and would urge audible listener's to give this book a chance.
This book captivated me and held my mind hostage even when I wasn't able to listen. I'm a long time audio book listner and this book is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I say experiencing because this book is just that, an experience. Even though this book falls firmly in the science fiction genre It will without a doubt have mass appeal to anyone who loves a good story. So intelligently written with a charm that is rarely seen in literature today combined with great reading talents makes for a true gem of a book.
"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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