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)
I really enjoyed this book. Stayed up way past bedtime because I couldn't turn it off.
This is one of the best books I have listened to this year.
If you haven't read or listened to Ender's Game, do yourself a favor and get it now.
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.
"First awesome book in a FANTASTIC series"
I picked up this book with great recommendations but low expectations. Children fighting in space? Sounds lame. It is not. It is wonderful. It borrows some of the 'super-human genius' people angle from Dune, and to great effect. The characters are believable despite their excellence, and both lovable and hatable in the right times.
You need to give this first book a chance as, if you like it, there are a few more where that came from waiting!
What a great book. It might be a few decades old now but it stands the test of time admirably.
"second time around"
I came to this story late and well after its release date , i read this and was blown away by how good it is , how complex the story felt even though it really is easy to follow and best of all how far you can get into the character of ender.
I say read but i didnt read it i listened and i think this story and others in the series are better in this format , some books are better read but o s c has this book almost perfect and it needs to be listened to.
I say almost perfect if i hadnt listened to speaker for the dead straight after this would be my number one book , it should be listened to by any fan of sci fi or people who like a well thought out well written character with a decent and different storyline.
I have listened three times now and will be listening again and again.
i cant recomend this story enough.
"A great story"
I really enjoyed this audio book - it's got a great story and really great characters.
It's told from a kids point of view which I really enjoyed.
The narration was also excellent. I wasn't used to having several different readers, but I got used to it and liked it eventually.
"Couldn't put it down"
I found myself listening to this into the wee hours of the night several nights running - couldn't put it down. The other reviews say it all: a great story and excellent narration. One of my favourites. I'm off to download Speaker for the Dead now :-)
Still just as riveting and deep as when I read it as a child - wonderful book, recommended to children and adults alike.
The following books are much more for an adult audience, though. Perhaps a side-step into the Shadow series will fit a younger reader more than advancing into Speaker.
This is a great piece of exploratory sci-fi presented in an excellent audio format: there is an interview at the end with Orson Scott Card in which he talks about the influence on his writing of his work in the theatre, and this can be seen in the way they have presented this recording of the book.
I'd recommend this to anyone interested in thought-provoking sci-fi, and in well-presented oral literature.
"An oustanding book, excellently read"
This is the very best audiobook I've had the pleasure to listen to in the 5 years or so that I've been a regular listener. Science fiction isn't normally my choice and so I took a chance on it, based on the recommendations of others, but I'm so glad that I did!
I found Ender's story utterly compelling right from the very start. It's a great story, well told. The characters are well drawn and entirely plausible, and very quickly I found myself caring about what happened to them. As soon as I'd finished I came straight back and bought the associated books. (For anyone thinking of doing that, Ender's Shadow is the one to go for next.)
Also, and despite its complexity, I found this story an easy one to follow in the form of an audiobook. I sometimes feel that the effort required to fix the names and character backgrounds into my mind detracts from my enjoyment of books in this form, but there was no such problem for me with Ender's Game.
In conclusion, I'd highly recommend this book. I've now listened to it 3 times in as many years, and I've no doubt that at some stage in the not too distant future I'll listen to it again. Download and enjoy!
I have been converted to audio books as I suffer from dyslexia and find it much more enjoyable and easier than straight reading. My brother recommended Ender's Game and I was immediately enthralled with the storyline. It has a great pace and never leaves you feeling bored. I am not really a sci-fi reader however this was thoroughly entertaining.
I do agree with the other critics that the antics the children get up to can seem a little far fetched however I did not find that this took anything away from the storyline. Orson Scott Card thoroughly deserved winning the awards for this book.
"A story you can feel..."
The way this story unfolds is easy on the brain, and thanks to the narrator, the ear aswell. You can completely empathise with the boy thoughout his journeys through the school and all the challenges he faces. This story also teaches you a lot about the way we act, and offers a good insight into the mind of types of individuals. I really enjoyed it, and the commentary from the author following the book is worth a listen as well.
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