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 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!
I can't remember when I've enjoyed a science fiction book more. The writing is great, but it's the ideas behind the writing that will keep you up at night. My only warning to readers is that you might not want to stop listening.
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