Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet #1) (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

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!

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Audio Renaisscance

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Dažādu iemeslu dēļ šo audio grāmatu vienmēr atliku un izvēlējos citu. Bija iepriekš dzirdēts par autora kritiski vērtējamiem uzskatiem un viedokļiem. Kā arī bažījos par redzētās filmas (uz lielajiem ekrāniem) iespaidu uz šo audio formāta pieredzi. Par pārsteigumu pašam atmiņas par filmu tieši nāca par labu.

Tātad, Endrū Viginss jeb vienkārši Enders jau 6gadu vecumā kopā ar citiem vienaudžiem tiek izvēlēts un uzņemts militārai apmācībai, lai vēlāk būtu spējīgi stāties pretī kukaiņveidīgiem citplanētiešiem. Ātri kļūst skaidrs, ka Enders ir ļoti talantīgs un viņa nozīme lielajā karā nevar būt pārvērtēta; arī no skolotājiem attieksme ir īpaša ar nosacītu palīdzību izaugsmei.

Apmācību pamatā ir militāra rakstura spēle parasti starp divām komandām. Cīņu simulāciju spēļu ainas bija vienas no interesantākajām visā grāmatā. Turklāt spēle norisinās vidē bez gravitācijas, lai palīdzētu attīstīt pareizu domāšanu, kas ne visiem sanāk. Tieši sava labā snieguma dēļ Enders kļūst par upuri fiziskiem un psiholoģiskiem uzbrukumiem no pārējo puses. Apšaubu vai bez tādas apiešanās no Endera nekas neiznāktu.

Joprojām uzskatu, ka labāka ir brīvprātīga senioru izmantošana, dodot viņiem otru iespēju. Bet loģika aiz tā, kāpēc militāristi karā pret kukaiņiem bērnus sāk apmācīt tik agrā vecumā, ka būdami tik jauni, viņi ir vieglāk iespaidojami un viņu pieķeršanās un asociēšanās ar Zemi ir stipri vien mazāka, ja vispār ir.

Pat, ja filma nebūtu redzama, kara iznākums pret kukaiņiem nav grūti paredzams. Iemesls, kāpēc vispār karš starp divām rasēm notika, vienkārši valodas barjera, liek aizdomāties, cik liela loma tam ir atšķirīgās situācijās. Cerams šogad sanāks brīdis turpināt gan šo sēriju, gan Shadow Saga, kas ar to saistīta.

                                                                                                                                           

For a long time because of some mysterious reasons I always put down this audiobook and choose another. I had heard about author’s controversial opinions and world view. Also I saw the movie when it was on the big screen; what surprised me that that helped to enjoy the book even more.

So, Andrew Wiggin or just Ender only at the age of 6 is recruited to a military training so that he and others would be ready to fight buggers later. Soon enough it is clear that Ender is very talented and his importance cannot be overrated. The attitude from teachers also is different with relative help.

The main part of the training is a military style game usually between two teams. The fight simulation games were one of the interesting parts of entire book. Besides the game takes place in zero gravitation to help you to think accurately and not everyone is capable. The reason that Ender is so good makes him a target following with physical and psychological attacks from others. I doubt that without such treatment he wouldn’t be capable to do what he had to.

I still believe that using voluntaries 75 years old and older giving them a second chance is much better. But the logic behind training kids at such an early age that being so young it’s easier to influence them, plus their attachment to the Earth isn’t that great if at all.

Even without seeing the movie, the outcome of war between two races isn’t hard to guess. The reason why there was this battle, mere language barrier, makes you think how much impact that has in different situations. Hopefully this year I will have a chance to continue this series and also Shadow Saga.

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