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 was extremely skeptical of this book going into it. A sci-fi book about a child ... but the author constructs a fictional universe that is just plausible enough to draw you in. Then, he paints vivid pictures while providing a compelling and engrossing plot. The story is key here, and it differs from the books that follow in as they tend to focus more on ideas. But nonetheless, you cannot help but get drawn into the author's world and then thirst for more chapters of this interesting and thought-provoking tale.
The publisher uses multiple narrators. At first, I found this disconcerting, but ultimately, the different voices add to the story.
The author's postscript to Ender's Game points out that the novel was originally a much shorter novella which he decided to expand. Big mistake. The book has basically one clever point -- perfect for a novella length treatment, but the treatment Card gives this admittedly clever idea in the book is long, and plodding. Card's postscipt notes that he just decided to have fun and add whatever he wanted to the novella to beef it up. It reads that way -- unplanned and painfully dull. I recommend digging up the novella, wherever that might be, and reading that instead.
Loved every minute of this. The type of books i like take you away from 'normal' life (why do i want to read about normal life when i can live it?). This is total escapism. multiple readers kept the pace enjoyable. Would definaltly recommend to any sci-fi buffs out there.
I read this book ten years ago to the month, I absolutly loved it. What a great lesson on leadership and will power. Listening to it even made it better!
If you've ever read the book you'll know what to expect from this recording. My comments are more about the voice production. For the most part these are good, though some of the better voices seen underused. However, the woman who reads the part of Valetine is terrible, she removes all sense of caring from the role. Fortunately in this book this is a minor role, I just hope Audible never use her again as I would have to avoid her.
This book has the best story I have heard thus far. The author has my attention and I will look for his books from now on. The audible version of this story was one of the best performances I have listened to up to now. With an excellent story with the excellent reading made it hard to stop listening and I was always anxious to get back to the story as soon as possible. It is not as predictable as most authors and this helped the excitement even more. I would recommend this and suggest it as a must for anyone that enjoys audible scifi.
I totally got into this book. This is a great listen from begining to end. I have listened to quite a few audio books, and this is one that I recommend to everyone.
I fell in love with orson scott card when I read Wyrms. For a long time that was my favorite all-time book... Then I read enders game, pure genius.
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