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)
What a fantastic story. You'll never anticipate the climax. While I have some trouble with the age and maturity of the children,it's still a great listen. My only real problem was with the often whiney voice of the woman reader. I going to follow Joe form Sacramento's order -6/13/05 p15 -since he has read all the books.Just started Ender's Shadow which seems to make sense as the book after EG.Thanks Joe for the tip.
What can you say that hasn't been said yet? I read the book 5 times and picked this up for a trip. I never get tired of hearing this part of Ender's story. If you're interested in what happens to Peter, the later Shadow books shed a lot of light on his character and his redemption. In this audiobook, the voices for the characters were right on. I've had my own voices for them for so long, now I will hear the voices from this version when I read it again. In response to the military guy below, I hear the Marine officer school had this as required reading for quite some time. Frack'in awesome. Why can't they all be produced as well as this one?
I was completely unfamiliar with this book. I laughed at the review below regarding throwing the CDs away because the book has brutal fighting by 6 year old boys. Anyhow... this is not really a childrens book. I am in the military and I loved the analogies that were directly related to leadership in real life. Despite the fact that this is sci-fi, it has some great insight in to how to manage teams and take care of people working around you. This was one of the best books I have downloaded from audible (the other was Freakonomics)
This is so far one of the best audiobooks I've heard. The story is incredibly interesting and makes you want to listen up to the end. I would recommend this program to anyone, whether you like Sci-Fi or not, whether you are a kid or an adult.
The only thing that bothered me (only a bit) is that there would be a single narrator speaking for all the characters, and somewhere in the middle toward the end of the program, the voice would change to a female's, and in other times, it would be Orson Scott Card himself who became the narrator. Strange maybe, but it wasn't really disturbing. But it's the story here that's important, not really the narration, so I would only consider this a minor inconvenience.
Anyway, there is no reason why anyone who listened to this program would be unsatisfied, so I highly recommend this.
I LOVE this book. I read the book several years ago and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed "reading" it again. Orson Scott Card is amoung the best in science fiction and for those who are true scifi lovers this is a must read series. The narrators make this book very enjoyable and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I would rank this series up there with the Lord of the Rings series. A sure Science Fiction classic.
I have to now rate this as probably my all time favorite book. I can't believe I never heard of it until I found it randomly searching for a good listen on Audible. Besides Mr. Card's excellent story and writing, this audible version also has the best narration of any I've heard. The multiple narrators provided style more attributable to a radio play than the normal "reading" style of most of the other audible books. A definite pleasure!
I discovered the Ender Wiggin Saga several years ago when I checked out a multi-volume audio at the library. (I still don't know exactly how Children of the Mind ended because the last tape was damaged.) I went on to read the stories of Bean and Peter. I have never been disappointed.
This reading is excellent. Besides the original narrator there are several voice actors for the various characters.
My advice is that if you have never read this you should, but if you have read it, you will enloy this reading!
"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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