Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) book, fiction – audio

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In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. 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. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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I didn’t actually read this one. A girl I work with told me that I had to listen to the audiobook version. Although I don’t much care for audiobooks, and up to now have only listened to one other, quite recently, I decided to give it a shot. I’m pretty sure I heard at least 6 voices. Which sort of annoyed me, especially Valentine’s voice, although Beans wasn’t too bad. As for the book it’s self, I was laughing all the time. It may have just been a matter of being over-tired or half asleep while listening to it, but it was one of the funniest things I’ve listened to/seen/read/etc in a while. Not to say that there weren’t parts that sort of hurt a little, especially near the end… and I’m pretty sure there’s a bit of bro-com/sis-com going on…

Anyway, I’ve gotta say, I would suggest listening to it. Or since it’s a book, reading it. But in some cases, I think the voices can make certain parts slightly more interesting. I also get the feeling it’s entertaining enough that if you aren’t much of a sci-fi fan, you’d still like it.

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