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)
Reasonable plot, fun to listen to. It's not exactly thought-provoking, but it's a good diversion. The narration was good, though the woman who reads Valentine's voice is a bit whiny. I read the paper version in high school, and it's still pretty enjoyable 15 years later to listen to.
Not being into polictics or the military, I wasn't sure this book would appeal to me. However, it quickly had me in its grip and I eagerly listened to every minute. The characters were compelling and real. The story was interesting, spanning years but with a sense of urgency that moved it quickly along. It was completely fascinating from beginning to end. The end was surprising, yet believable and I couldn't wait to hear more about Ender Wiggin. I've already ordered Speaker for the Dead. The only negative I could give it would be that a couple of the narrators are mildly annoying. The main narrator has a habit of ending his sentences with an upward lilt, as if he was asking a question when he is not. The female narrator has the most melancholy voice I have ever heard. Though this is not really out of character for what she is reading, it took some getting used to. I did get used to both voices after a few chapters and it certainly did not keep me from enjoying the story.
Not one for adventure or "boy" stories, this tale so gripped me that I'm still thinking through and talking about the things I'm learning from it (and I'm a middle-aged, relatively enlightened woman!)! On to Speaker for the Dead. I want to know more about this character's thoughts; he lives in that amazing space between one's heart and one's mind, that most effective place which leads us to our destiny despite ourselves.
I read this book several years ago. It initiated so much discussion then that I was hooked when I saw it in audio. The audio was even more enjoyable than the book. Sometimes hearing a story can give an entirely different slant and explanation of a book. This one initated more discussion (my definition of a great book) and elicited many opinions! The interview with the author is fascinating and informative!
Love listening to many different Styles and types of books.
This whole series is absolutely fantastic! I have now heard all the Ender books available on Audible and can't wait for more.
As a died in the wool espionage novel reader this book and its summary would never have intrigued me. Having read nothing but Ludlum, Clancy, Littel, Koontz and other espionage/mystery authors over the past year or two I decided to try something new. Relying on best seller lists and reader reviews the high rating of this virtually jumped from the page. Why not take a plunge? This was simply one of the best investments I have made! Running back to get more in this series.
Great use of different readers to adequately project the characters (always hate when one reader tries to do all of the characters including characters of the opposite sex). Story development thorough and intriguing. Never lost my interest. Couldn't wait to get back to it.
Outstanding work. Its not a 4.7, 4.8 or 4.9, a full 5.0!
Man - I am having a great time with audible.com and my OTIS thingy. I have listened to about 10 books so far during commutes and only one was a stinker. Enders Game is wonderful, and I don't really dig Science Fiction much any more. I did as a kid, but now I am really into political intrigue and legal intrigue novels. This book is great and you will enjoy it.
This book grabbed me right away. Very entertaining. The only problem is that Audible doesn't carry the 3rd or 4th books in the series. Speaker for the Dead is a must read after Ender's Game. Then you are left with buying paper books for the rest of the series.
I'm not a big fan of most of Orscon Scott Card's books, but this one is a real gem. Much better than anything else that I've read. If you like Sci-Fi, and you like "prodigal son" types of stories, then this is your book!
"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.
"Stick through the first few chapters"
It took me a while to get into Ender's Game. At first I disliked all of the characters because they were such cruel and boneheaded people. Not just the children but also the adults putting Ender through the training. However, as I read on, some of the characters began to reveal the good aspects of their personalities. This provided the story with a much needed break from the constant bullying and military pressure.
I really started to like this book once the war games started. I enjoyed the zero-gravity combat scenes because of the well-described strategy involved. I loved the anticipation of finding out if Ender would win or not, and how he would do it. Once I was immersed in the story, the plot did not meander. I was constantly involved in what was going on and the ending took me by surprise in a very satisfying way.
I have mixed opinions about a couple of the narrators. The narrator who voices Ender's chapters has a great reading voice, but it's too deep to impersonate children accurately. It's easy to forget you are reading about kids when 8 year old Ender sounds like a 30 year old man. Also, the woman who voices Ender's sister's chapters sounded irritatingly melodramatic with every word.
So after initially doubting my ability to enjoy this book, I pushed through the first few chapters and realized what a great story it was. The writing style was clean and simple, the story was excellent, the narrators did a good job, despite a couple of minor problems.
Overall, Ender's Game is a great book about children being trained to command sci-fi armies with a side plot of children taking over the world via internet blogs (I don't get that last part either).
"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
"Real characters in an unreal world"
Excellent story well balanced with action and characterisation. The performance was professional and added another dimension to the book.
I've been meaning to read this series for years. I'm glad I finally got round to starting it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm about to star the next one!
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