As a Start Trek fan the concept was intriguing. Scalzi makes it fun by inserting references to other classic sci-fi as well.
A very good listen though not Scalzi's best work. I would recommend Fuzzy Nation and Android's Dream and Agent To The Stars ahead of this book, but if you have listened to those and enjoyed them then you will probably like this title as well. It starts out strong and continues to be interesting throughout, though the quality of the plot can vary from the middle to the end. The characters voices, their dialogue can be monotonous at times (there is quite a bit of exclamatory profanity). Still if you liked Scalzi's other books you should like this one as well and it is an interesting story.
Just a great story. It helps if you lived through the '80's, but even without that, it is still a great story. My12 year old son said it was the best book he had ever listened to when he heard it. All of my friends have listened now, and loved it. Of course, after listening to it I had to pull out my copy of 2112 on vinyl and make the entire family listen to the beginning while I explained the story. They were enthralled. As an adolescent, I played almost every game he described in the story, but even non 80's geeks can enjoy this book.
So many memories.
I have listened to Will Wheaton in many other performances, he always delivers.
I laughed sooo hard. I just had to retell parts of the books to friends I know would understand.
If you lived through the 80's and played a lot of video games GET THIS BOOK!
If you have never listened to the unabridged "Ender's Game" or read the original book, then you may find this version interesting and entertaining. However, it seems that this version is aimed at bridging the gap between the book and the movie. I haven't seen the movie, so it is speculation on my part, but this book sounds like a movie script based on the original "Ender's Game".
I really liked "Ender's Game", however I am not an Orson Scott Card fanboy. I listened to this dramatization hoping for a quick refresh on the story before the movie comes out. I was disappointed. It wasn't so bad I couldn't finish it, and if I had never heard/read "Ender's Game", I might have liked it more. I have also listened to "Ender's Shadow" (an excellent book), and "Shadow of the Hegemon" (very slow and tedious). "Ender's Game Alive" is the least of the three.
The performances were weak. They sounded superficial. The script was a poor adaptation. The characters were unconvincing and the exposition was contrived e.g. when the battle school instructors watch videos of battles and describe the action to one another. It is dialogue substituting for narration.
It was fast paced, and more or less kept my attention.
I would not recommend this book if you read/listened to "Ender's Game" unless you thought it was much too long and involved. If you want a short, simple version with mediocre voice acting then go ahead. Otherwise, use your credits for something else.
This story handles the concept of the first encounter with a new twist. It is not reminiscent of previous handling of the idea. In my experience it is a unique approach.
Wil's performance in the Scalzi novels are one of the reasons I have listened to all of them. It seems he brings the right tone to the writing. A consistent part of Scalzi's books is his sense of humor and Wil delivers the wit and the jokes perfectly as well as the more dramatic lines. This book is perhaps his best work with Scalzi so far.
So many, so many.
This is possibly my favorite John Scalzi novel. I loved the idea and the humor had me laughing out loud. The characters were believable and well developed and the pace and resolution of the story were very satisfying. I highly recommend it.
Yes, if they like science and sociology.
Hmmm... couldn't say.
The reading was a bit monotone but it more or less suited the subject matter. I thought it was good.
I laughed a lot. I also recounted many of the stories to other people.
It was an amazingly interesting book.
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