I finally read Ender’s Game and it didn’t disappoint. Yes, I don’t care for Card as a person, but I still wanted to read it. My audiobook hold came in and so I read this both on audiobook and in physical format. In an interview, Card mentioned that an audiobook narration of his book is probably the way he envisioned his book to best be consumed because he writes in a way that translates well to the spoken word. The multiple narrators of this were fantastic. Most of the book was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki but there were other voices that gave their talents to bring other characters to life. This was one of the few audiobooks and paperback combination where I put down my other books and only focused on this one until I was done. A 2-hour reading session went by quickly and never felt boring.
Anyway, if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend the 2004 Macmillan Audio production. The duration is just at 11 and a half hours. There is a Card interview at the end of the audiobook which reminded me how much of a douche bag the author is but I did like the book.
The reason I enjoyed the book is that I think we all felt like we had to grow up too quickly at certain times in our lives. Moments, where we had to deal with life as a young boy or girl, where our innocence was lost just a little bit. This book is the ultimate loss of childhood innocence as the world relies on children to win a war against an alien foe. They must grow up quickly in a harsh environment and that psychological impact was extremely interesting to me. I’ll be continuing with the series.
16/25 Possible Score
4 – Plot
3 – Characters
3 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
3 – Heart & Mind Aspect