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)
The only problem is the music: lengthy bits of amateurish improvisation on what sounds like a toy synthesizer detract from an otherwise excellent production. Other than that, a five-star audiobook.
I thoroughly enjoyed this telling of this great story. I did, however, find the unexplainable long periods of silence and random musical interludes to dramatically, negatively impact the flow of the story. It was as though they occurred for scene changes. I found this an incredibly odd piece for an audio drama.
I didn't have time to read the book so I listened to this while at work. It was great and the voice acting was wonderful. Don't hesitate to give this a listen.
The original story is fantastic. One of my favorite books ever actually. And everything that made that book so amazing has been dumbed down and made ridiculous for this audio play.
The events are changed. I know Card is trying to make the story fit better into the canon, but his mindset is completely different now from when he wrote the book. This play sufferes from that age gap. Stilson doesn't die, Valentine and Peter are all but ignored as characters, and the most egregious fact of the whole book is that the wonderful revelation at the end is completely telegraphed throughout the last half of the story. You would literally have to be a moron not to see it coming. And even at the penultimate moment, the revelation is spoiled before it actually happens! Like walking up to your house with a friend and having them lean over and whisper "There's a surprise party inside for you." before you open the door.
What a waste. The story was beaten to fit and broken in the process.
The performance was great. Can't complain with such a great cast. I do wish the sound effects were a little better in conveying space/mood but it's a small complaint.
If you never read/heard the original story, I'm sure this is fine, although maybe a little boring. If you know and love the original, skip this one for your own sake.
Ender's game has always been one of my favorite books and I have read almost everything Orson Scott Card has written. I am not a big fan of this version of Ender's Game. I far prefer the original version. I thought this full cast version would provide new depth to the story but it only serves to deaden it. You lose all of the connection you feel to Ender. I felt the same about the movie so if you loved the movie, you might love this.
The kid's voices are far too old or have women reading boy's parts. 6-12 year old boys do not usually have big deep manly voices! I'm SURE you could have found some talented but young voice actors for this.
Most of the time, the adults sound rushed, bitter and sarcastic. It makes me feel anxious and annoyed to listen to their irritated delivery. I also really hate musical interludes between audiobook sections. There is a lot of this and dead air between parts. Pointless.
In general I feel that I wasted a credit and I doubt I will finish the book. PLEASE don't let this steer you away from Ender's game, just don't get the full cast version!
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