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)
This was a very entertaining story and the casting for the voices could not have been better.
The action and story line made it a hard book to put down. One of the reason I like good science fiction is they make you think, this book was one of those. The narration was good. The ending left me looking forward to reading other books in the series.
This book, while entertaining, contains almost zero conflict. It should be used as an entertainment to pass time, but it's certainly no four or five star novel. The conflict is almost zero, both internally and externally, and as well (spoiler alert) you are tricked into the resolution as is the main character. While I enjoyed the development of his internal mind as it progressed through the stages of strategy, the rest was really lacking. The author is definitely a skilled writer, it's too bad he didn't use his expert skills more wisely on this novel...but I guess we've all got to start somewhere. He should have developed the character and the story much further before publishing this, I'd guess that he just has a huge following by people who are not familiar with good science fiction, and that's why he has such high ratings for this book. Also, he utilizes a strange internal game as some sort of metaphor, but it as well is never developed, and in essence, becomes meaningless through the progression of the novel. What could have been a great five star novel became this through laziness on the author's part.
I'd not read this again, as I would a four or five star novel. If you want good, clean science fiction, read Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, or Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (on a side note, Alan Cumming should be knighted for his readings of Leviathan and Behemoth--purely amazing).
Ender's Game is a great story, no questions asked. The only reason for the 4 star review has not to do with the content of this audiobook, but the company exchanged sound quality (roughly casset tape quality) for disk space. It would have been nice to have the option of downloading either a high quality high disk space version, or low quality low disk space version.
This being my first (and most likely last) purchase, I was also very disappointed in Amazon for slapping a DRM on the audio files. What this will mean to the user is that the files downloaded (.aa format) will only be able to be played with audible's third party media player. Therefore, any machine you wish to play this audiobook on must have audible's software installed. My job often involves working on different machines, so I'll remote into my home server to listen to media, but that's not an option in this case.
Despite all this, Ender's Game is a great read/listen, and I highly recommend anyone to purchase it, if not here than elsewhere.
I was dissapointed with this book. It had received so many good reviews but I found the story a bit dull. Struggled to finish it.
This is hands down the best book in my library. I've downloaded over 50 books from Audible, The Wheel of Time, Mistborn, A song of Ice and Fire, The First Law.....I like them all, but Ender's Game is better. The story is great, the narrator is great, and the characters are great! If you like sci-fi\fantasy at all you will be happy.
I first read Ender's Game over twenty years ago as an adolescent, so I wasn't sure how my middle aged mind would perceive a story that mostly featured children. Good writing ages well, and it was great to be reacquainted with Ender and his friends from the battleschool. This is a great story that reminded of two biographies I read recently: Mao's Last Dancer and Andre Agassi's Open. Both these true stories echoed Ender's experience of a gifted child in the hands of single minded and extreme adults bent on getting the best out of a child, and depriving the child of a normal life; means justified by the end. Ender's game is a very psychological story that builds your empathy with Ender and his toon. Orson Scott Card narrated his story of the development of Ender's Game, a nice way to round off the anniversary edition. The audio book was very well narrated and easy to listen to.
No wonder Ender's game is such a classic. Great writing, fantastic plot.
But, the narration for this title left me very dissatisfied. The male voices work well, the female--who reads for Valentine--is teeth-gratingly bad. She reads like a character in a Victorian melodrama, not quite right for this book.
The characters were scared, unhappy, in pain, and generally miserable the entire time. There was also some violence that I didn't anticipate. The sci-fi part is interesting, though not interesting enough to make up for the overall sadness.
"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.
"Great performance, but deeply misogynistic book!"
I would try another book narrated by Stefan Rudniki and Harlan Ellison, but never Orson Scott Card. I wish I had researched this properly before buying - I was looking for something similar to 'Ready Player One' (which is amazing, by the way).
'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman
Anger and sadness - the deeply misogynistic nature of the writing is very disappointing.
"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.
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