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  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,004

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 titles in the series so far

  • By Kapila on 01-29-03

Good balance between sci-fi and thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but with the movie coming out soon and the positive reviews 'Ender's Game" received I decided to give it a try. The plot was fast- paced and exciting, although there were times when the story stepped a little too far into science fiction territory for me (lots of anti- gravity situations that didn't further the plot).
The writing style is quite cynical and at times very dark, and I definitely think there is some political commentary, or at the very least Card subconsciously projects his cynical views of government into the plot.
Criticisms aside, I thought the book was very thought provoking, and extremely entertaining. It's definitely worth a read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,715

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, but overrated

  • By Scott T. Hards on 12-13-08

Innovative, Creative, and Insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Malcolm Gladwell does an excellent job of narrating his own book, and the result is a very compelling and interesting story that is easy to listen to. He argues that extreme successes should be attributed to factors out of our control; everything from the month or year you are born, to your ethnicity can have far- reaching effects that manifest in "outliers". Gladwell sheds light on everyday truths in a new light and draws connections that most people would never have made before.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful