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 is one of the funnest books I've ever read. And listening to it reminds me of all I enjoyed during that first read. The evolution of Ender from a bright, innocent 6 year old to a leader of armies is so enthralling that I can't wait to get in my car again.
However, it is certainly not one of the greatest science fiction books ever. Card is the John Grisham of science fiction. He creates fine young heros and spices things with narrative tension and intriguing details. But the adult dialog is awkward and the ideas get hijacked by psychobabble.
And this recording is an overwrought melodrama. Part of the reason is the use of a full cast, who act out the parts that Ender is not in. These sections add depth to the story, but come off as either stilted (Colonel Graf and his cohorts) or silly (Valentin).
When are they going to make the movie?
One of the best Science Fiction books on the market today a must read for all Sifi fans. Excellent characters that wrap you up in there lives. Story is engaging all the way through, never a dull moment. Completely love this book
One of the best Sci-Fi experiences. You must experience it! It is one of the few books that have haunted me for a long time. But I did find it very depressing.
I loved this book. One of the best and fastest reads in a long time. I still can't stop thinking about Ender and his life. Though it's a science fiction book, it's mostly about the life of a special kid and his mental and emotional strength.
This is one of those books you can listen to over and over.
I had forgotten how compelling the story of Ender Wiggin was. I read the book many moons ago, and loved it. When I saw the Unabriged version of this book, I decided to give it a go.
I was extremely pleased with the quality of this audiobook. The reders were top notch, and really managed to convey the emotion and pace of the novel. I highly enjoyed the entire production, and would recommend this to anyone that is a hard Sci-Fi fan, a fan of the print book, or someone who is just curious to see what all the fuss surrounding this acclaimed novel is about.
To fans of the book, the most rewarding part of this audio version is the 5 minute discussion at the end of the presentation by the author where he discusses his original intent behind the novel, and its' sequels.
Altogether, this is one of the best audiobook presentations I have been lucky enough to come across.
I read Ender's Game when it was first published ... I loved it then and I love it even more, now. This recorded book is done with real style and taste, and it plays beautifully, adding to the subtleties and nuances very well. The story remains as fresh and enthralling as it was 20 years ago ... actually more so, now, since most people have had direct experience with video games and the internet. The whole scenario seems plausible, and because it does, people who read this should sit up and take better notice of the things going on all around them in this country and the world. The future is nearly here!
It has been years since I read this story. I think it was 20 years ago! I remembered a vivid story of a boy my age, struggling to make it in a very challenging environment. Now when I have my own children and little time, audio books are a release and this book is an excellent listen! So If your just reliving this story again or listening for the first time, enjoy your time transported to the future with young Ender.
Be prepared though for the music at the end of chapters that may make it difficult for those with hearing impairments to hear the audio actor reading. Though this is distracting it does not take from the book.
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