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.
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"Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." (The New York Times)
I generally like sci-fi, and this book was entertaining enough that I enjoyed my listen. However, I found the story in-credible and the concept wholly exploitative of the child characters. I think this book satisfies a adolescent male fantasy for beneficient power and dominance. The thought of saving all of humanity without realizing what you are doing did nothing for me. The fact that Ender, as he matured, attempted to amend any wrongs he may have committed was commendable and made him a somewhat sympathetic character. I am surprized to see so many raving reviews of this book.
Ender's Game was such a special treat. Many novels are fun but ultimately forgettable. This belongs to that small category of novels that you will always remember and think about. If you haven't listened to this yet... do it now. It should be the very next novel you listen to.
Storytelling and characterization are really excellent. The story is absorbing. I listen to audiobooks on my way to and from work and just wanted to sit in the car and listen some more when I arrived. The only down side, I found, were two of the narrators. One of the females was consistently overdramatic, sad and wistful, despite the content, and I found this distracting. The other was the voice of Peter, a voice which seemed to old and gruff for him.
The story of Andrew Wiggins, Ender in the series, is a facinating story filled with very unique characters, from the boys who would save the universe to the Swarm Queen, who drives Ender to restore her lost civilization. The story has an exciting quality of combat, but with an extremely high ethical presence in the main characters. I look forward to completing the next books in the series.
Even if you don't enjoy Sci Fi, this story will make you a fan of Orson Scott Card for life. Listening to this book was even better than reading it for the 8th time!!! My only wish is that everyone in the world could hear this story once and they would find themselves wanting more.
Well read audiobook! I also listened to some of Card's other audiobooks here on Audible and recommend you follow through the Ender trilogy, each book was a worthy listening experience.
I picked up this book because a friend of mine, a professor at UCLA, told me it was her favorite book as a teen. Look at the copyright; it was written in the '70s. She is an extremely bright and well read individual and I was curious as to what had intrigued her. I could not put Ender's Game down. When I did, my son who is 11 and who had been listening to my comments as I read it, picked it up and read it nonstop for 2 days. He is a good reader, but when he prefers finishing a book to a computer game, I know he is hooked!
Wow.... I was not expecting something this great... I don't read a whole lot of sci-fi, but if more sci-fi books were written this way I would. One of the best books I have read or (heard) all year... simply amazing.
A great story - different from other sci-fi, gripping, thought-provoking. After I finished listening to it, my 7 and 12 year old boys enjoyed listening at bedtime every night. Because of all the dinnertime conversations about the story and characters, my wife, who doesn't like digital audio, went out and bought the book and is almost finished with it.
The boys and I have also enjoyed two of the sequels: Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon. Even if you don't usually read sci-fi, try this one.
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