With a full cast production, this highly-entertaining dramatization of the award-winning military science fiction story Ender's Game will wow fans as well as listeners new to this classic. Using an original screenplay written by Orson Scott Card himself, the audioplay takes listeners through Battle School with prodigy Ender Wiggin.
The cast fleshes out their characters with full personalities and motivations - in particular, the actors who portray the children at Battle School do a wonderful job in bringing out their precociousness and fading innocence. The action scenes are brisk and electrifying, and listeners will be swept up in the events of the story.
Audie Award Finalist, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Original Work, 2014
Experience Ender's Game as you've never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game Alive is a full cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.
Ender’s Game Alive puts you into Battle School with young Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, as he trains to become the general who will lead Earth against the Formics, the alien "buggers". Removed from his family at the age of six, Ender must prove his strength and his leadership, even as he fights his own doubts. The stakes are nothing less than the fate of humankind.
Ender's Game Alive is performed by Kirby Heyborne, Stefan Rudnicki, Theodore Bikel, Scott Brick, Samantha Eggar, Harlan Ellison, Susan Hanfield, Roxanne Hernandez, Janis Ian, Rex Linn, Richard McGonagle, Jim Meskimen, Emily Rankin, John Rubinstein, Christian Rummel, and a full cast.
Directed by Gabrielle de Cuir
Original Score by John Rubinstein
Valentine's Theme by Janis Ian
Additional music and arrangements by Mark Mitchell
©2013 Orson Scott Card (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
“Listeners will feel surrounded by Card's sophisticated, high-stakes universe. With a stately musical score and video-game sound effects, this "re-imagined" production sticks close to the novel while offering listeners an entertaining new way to enjoy one of science fiction's best loved stories.” (AudioFile)
This is a different point of view for the famous book. It's like listen to an old radio show. Great voice acting. A fan of the series will find this engaging, but I wouldn't listen to this before the real book.
This is a live dramatization of the novel. So basically is a group of actors speaking the dialogue from the book. Without the narrative it feels one-dimensional. The worst part was the laughter. It sounded so fake and kept pulling me out of the story.
If you haven't seen the movie and don't want to slog through the book this is a nice middle ground. One of Orson Scott Card's better books.
I need not speak for the caliber of a classic like Ender's Game; I will say that this performance is great. Talented voice actors, intriguing sound effects.
A story for forever, representing the best and worst of human beings. I was reminded of a short Christmas story by Lincoln Steffens about a boy waiting in acute despair all day for his wished-for pony-- about the intense emotions he wrote "only a child could endure them".
This was an enjoyable listen. I found, however, that the original "narrated" version did a far better job of conveying the mental state that led to a significant decision. ( to avoid spoilers, I will not say more)
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if you have ever read enders game, you must read this version. the author aged a little, and made the book better. it was a very good read/listen!!!
While the performance is good, the story loses something when we don't get the same view inside Ender's head that the original gave. Plus a few of the big reveals are telegraphed too heavily and in a way that takes away agency from the children. That is, although we know the kids have limited agency and are being manipulated, in the original they still made decisions, mistakes, and deductions that this version puts into the hands of the adults instead, such as Bean's deduction of the nature of the graduation exam. This version focuses a lot more on the adults' motivations and decisions than it does the kids', and thus is more like "Ender's Shadow" in that respect, in that it takes the same events of the original "Ender's Game" novel and tells a new story with them.
I was unprepared for how good a full radio style production of "Ender's Game" would be. I like old style radio shows & did enjoy the one Ender title that alternated between Ender & his sister. I've read the book as well & feel that the movie did not do it justice. This production did what the movie could not. It gave this story the life it needed. I usually do housework while listening to my books. I found myself frequently sitting down instead of working, so absorbed into this world I became. 7 1/2 hrs just flew by. Even if you are not a science fiction fan you should listen to this. It was that good.
I didn't care for the voice acting. It sounded often like DJ voices reading the script. The story is awesome. I probably should have read the book.
The sound effects were good at times and sometimes the group, multi voice scenes were effective.
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