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)
Why this book is so highly praised is beyond me. Supposedly one of the best science fiction books ever? Really?
As I write this review the movie based on this novel is due out soon. I can actually envision it being a decent movie, but to me it was a boring read. I struggled to get through it. The characters were interesting enough, but the story was hard to follow and lacked continuity. The battle simulation scenes, of which there were many, were tedious and boring.
The narrator was decent enough but even he could not bring life to this book for me.
I admit I am not a huge SciFi fan, but to rate this as one of the best makes me wonder what I must have missed.
I enjoyed the story well enough, but If found the endless detailed descriptions of the tactics employed in the game room a bit tedious. The subplot involving Ender's brother and sister is also pretty weak. Overall, it was OK, but I don't really understand the fusss that's been made over the book.
“The Book of Mormon is the most important book in my life. I remember it as one of the earliest things I read...I've read it many, many times.
“A few years ago, I was called upon by the Brethren to rewrite the Hill Cumorah Pageant. They told me to ignore the existing script, and instead to go back to the Book of Mormon and find a way to shape a clear and coherent story that would present the book's most important themes for an audience of nonmembers. I've been exploring, analyzing, dramatizing this book for a long time.
“So, it seemed to me only natural that I should write my Homecoming series -- The Memory of Earth, The Call of Earth, The Ships of Earth. These books are really just another dramatization of the Book of Mormon, only transformed into a science fictional setting, where by fictionalizing it I have the freedom to explore questions of character and society in a way that I couldn't in a more direct adaptation.
“Elements of the Book of Mormon have shown up in many of my other works....”
-Orson Scott Card
So, what do Mormon’s Believe?
Most Mormons believe they can become “like” God.
Some have gone so far as to say they can govern their own universe, and speculate as to whether GOD started off in this way also. This has caused confusion, and much debate from both sides, but the problem becomes more complicated with the added Mormon belief that Jesus was a person like us (and not God) and may have married and had children. Although Mormons claim to be Christian, this is contradictory to what most Christian churches teach, and is considered heresy.
Most Orthodox Christians believe:
1.Jesus was God before His physical manifestation on earth,
2.He was God as He walked as a man on earth, and
3.He continues to be God, and always will be God—both co-existent with, and at the right hand of, the Father in heaven.
4.No one is like God (1 Chronicles 17:20)
A well-known statement that helps define a core belief of Mormonism called “eternal progression”, can be summarized by this well-known statement:
"As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become."
If repeated a few times, the meaning becomes clearer. Although, this sounds innocent enough, it is actually considered a heresy to most Bible-based Christian denominations.
"...the great universe of stars has multiplied beyond the comprehension of men. Evidently each of these great systems is governed by divine law; with divine presiding Gods, for it would be unreasonable to assume that each was not so governed."
- Mormon founder Joseph Smith
While such stories make for interesting science fiction, they certainly do not have a place in either the Bible or true Christianity. So, with my heart thus prepared, I entered into the reading of Ender’s Game. (It was the same state I entered into reading Steelheart By Brandon Sanders. And, it is the same state that I would enter the reading of any book by a devout follower of any other religion aside from Christianity.)
Since it’s release in 1985, Ender’s Game has been accumulating Accolades, and not without reason.
"Ender's Game is the story of Ender Wiggins, who is recruited at a very young age for his highly unique traits,and is thusly trained by the Best of the Best, for one purpose only: to save the world from utter destruction. Through a series of personal failures, and personal growth, we see ender become the man, err boy, that he needs to become.
The story is intriguing, and the language doesn't often get in the way of the life of the story. Although it was difficult to imagine a ten-year-old “super-kid” being the main character, it was satisfactorily explained in the end. The conclusion of the main conflict was also concluded neatly, and without ever making itself too apparent (nice surprise).
As far as the audio content is concerned, it was top-notch. Sometimes too many narrators can ruin a good thing, but in this case it was completely professional. It was a thoroughly enjoyable production.
and a penny for your thoughts
Orson Scott Card NO. Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison YES
NO! Unfortunately, I did not realize what a sexist bigot Orson Scott card is when I bought the book.
No. Excellent job.
For good or bad, in our country, money is power so I try not to help make stupid people rich, famous and powerful. There are enough other great authors I can give my money to.
This is a coming-of-age children's book masked as sci-fi
Everything. I was so mad at myself for getting sucked into this series that I wasted 3 credits and did not ask for them back, so I would never make a Orson Scott Card mistake again.
Narrator was OK
None, if you like children's books
They should have labeled this "Teenage Coming-of-age"
And for the ones that rave about this series, you lead a very thin life.
This is an excellent book and this is the only Audible edition available. If you have to have it as an audiobook, this is your option.
However, as others have pointed out, the female reader, Gabrielle de Cuir, all but sobs her way through any section that involves Ender's sister Valentine. Worse, she's all over most of Card's other books as well. Be forewarned.
I love this story and was really looking forward to hearing it as an audiobook, but the female narrator's intonation, the way her pitch drooped for the last word of EVERY sentence just ruined it for me. Wish Audible would post her name so I could avoid her work in the future.
Sadly, the narrator gives everyone who talks a brooklyn accent. His nearly monotonous tone of voice also makes it difficult to follow rapid verbal exchanges between different characters in the book.
Awesome book, subpar narrator.
Ender's Game was a fantastic story, well written and captivating. However the narration made it almost challenging to finish. At parts i wanted to cringe due to the voice I was listening to.
All in all a decent audio book
The book is great. I had read it before listening to it and I knew I wanted a download. I was pleased to find the wide range of voices used for feeling and variety.
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