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 started this at the same time I started another long series, so far it is pretty good (but I went back to finish the other series so that one won out). If you are a hard core scifi fan, I think this would be a good choice. For me, I'll wait till I can get through the whole thing before deciding one way or the other.
This is one of my favorite books of all time and I loved the audible version, the narration was wonderful and I thought it stayed very true to the tone of the book. Definitely recommended!
If you're from the UK and can look past aliens being called 'Buggers' then I can't reccomend this book highly enough. It's a well written and well paced. The Narration is excellent which can make all the difference between a good and a bad audiobook.
It's the best audiobook I've listened to.
Almost every review of this book raves about it...and so do I!!!
This book hits on so may levels: sci-fi, strategy, children, adults, etc... And its a great listen as well.
I've also read the other 3 books in this series. In my opinion, here is the order that I rank them in (see the other review for the order to read them in).
1. Ender's Game
3. Children of the Mind
4. Speaker for the Dead
Enjoy them all.
I certainly ended up loving the boy "Ender" but felt that the story was a bit depressing. What Ender had to endure goes on too long and his daily life is too detailed. Like another reviewer said, I think if there had been more character development I would have liked it more. It also reminds me of how we often use our children without their consent.
This should be required reading in AP English courses, if Asimov and Bradbury fit in, so does Card! I will re-read and re-listen for your years to come. This goes for the entire series. Card is awesome and the readers are very very good!
This is a wonderful book. Although it has all the elements of "hard" sci-fi (aliens, space battles and doomsday devices), the plot is almost entirely driven by the challenges faced by the battle school children, their families, and even the adults who manipulate the children.
Furthermore, the narration is unbelievably good. Several readers are used, but it avoids the "radio play" sound by having all scenes written from each character's point of view read by a certain reader. (Except for the debates that begin each chapter, which are read as a dialogue by two readers.) This gives it nice clarity and continuity.
I've downloaded about 30 titles from Audible, and this one is my favorite, in part because I love this book, but especially because the narration was so well done.
"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
"Jaw droppingly good"
This is sci-fi from the 80's. It reminded me strongly of Gateway buy Fred Pohl and Forever War by Joe Haldeman but it feels more modern. The characters use the internet before the internet even existed so that keeps it relevent.
It is just an amazing book. Ender is a compelling character and the narration, although it takes time to get used to is mainly very good. The reader of Ender has a dry, deep voice that initially seemed a strange choice but now Ender couldn't be anyone else.
This is the best Sci-Fi book I have had in years.
"Terrific story, but 1 of the 3 readers is awful"
I loved this story, and for most of it I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. For some reason, the story doesn't end when you would expect, but drifts on for a chapter or two, with a very different tone. I presume we'll see why in the following books in the series. Although this is scifi, it is really simply an adventure story set in the future: the science is neither central nor addressed in any detail.
This audiobook had three readers who take it in turn. Two are OK; unfortunately, the third, Gabrielle de Cuir, is absolutely awful - all inappropriate whingeing and pathetic and resigned, completely inappropriate for the characters - and irritating to listen to.
I nevertheless recommend this audiobook for anyone who, like me, enjoys good straightforward adventure stories of characters struggling on in the face of adversity, and using tactics, strategies and tricks to overcome the obstacles in their path.
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