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Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay Performance

Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Roger Herbaugh Mount Vernon, WA, US 07-14-15
    Roger Herbaugh Mount Vernon, WA, US 07-14-15 Member Since 2015

    Computer Tech / Business Owner / Soccer Referee / Soccer Assignor / Soccer Trainer / Community Leader / Kiwanis / George F Hixson Fellow

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    "must read"

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zandperl 07-14-15
    zandperl 07-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "This third version of Ender's Game focuses on the adults more than I find enjoyable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kat B 07-09-15
    Kat B 07-09-15

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    "Amazing inclusion in the Enderverse "

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Bohlen Pittsburgh, PA, USA 07-08-15
    R. Bohlen Pittsburgh, PA, USA 07-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story. So so performance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter J. Rath Shamong, NJ USA 07-07-15
    Peter J. Rath Shamong, NJ USA 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A slightly different take on My favorite book"

    LOVE this book and the series. The way it's told in this version gives a slightly different, but still enjoyable, perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron 07-06-15
    Cameron 07-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb start to a series"

    Can't stop now. I've been dealt the "Scott" card and I'm all in on the Ender series.

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    Jose 07-03-15
    Jose 07-03-15
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    "Great and fun"

    This live adaptation is great. Hopefully their will be more like this from the series. Is feels like watching a movie, just that your mind creates the images. I really enjoyed it.

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    Oren 06-27-15
    Oren 06-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply the best"

    The best audio book I have ever listened to.

    Period.

    I want to thank the team who made this happen.

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    cyul 06-25-15
    cyul 06-25-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Incredibly alive and well-played"

    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.

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    Desiree Lake 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Purchase!"

    So good. I Love having the actors voices portray the characters. Great story and well narrated.

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  • HR
    11/3/13
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    "Could have been great. Was only okay."
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay the most enjoyable?

    Ender's Game is a fantastic story to begin with and with the author writing the dramatisation it means all the important bits are left in.


    Any additional comments?

    BUT.The musical intervals were horrible and could be quite off-putting. And although the cast did a good job, having adult-sounding children was also a little ... irritating. If they can make a movie of this fantastic story using child actors, why couldn't they do the same with this dramatisation?So overall, a good way to spend a lazy Sunday. But would have been better with age-appropriate actors and NO music!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Castle Donington, United Kingdom
    3/27/14
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    "An excellent adaptation of the original."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version but listened to the entirety of the Ender Universe on audio books, it's hard to say if this is better than the print version. What I can say is that lived up to expectation and really helped to bring the characters to life and add to the story in subtle ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Due to the way Scott Card uses third parties to convey to the reader what happens in Ender's head in the original text, Colonel Graff takes an even larger role and could easily be my favourite character - especially read so brilliantly by Stefan Rudnicki who is one of the greatest narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to.


    Which character – as performed by Full Cast Recording – was your favourite?

    See above - Graff by Stefan Rudnicki.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Having already trodden the entire path of the Ender Universe, one cannot help but be emotionally attached to the central characters and this performance only adds to that. To isolate any particular emotion would be to diminish the impact of the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I implore anyone to continue the journey. But go through the Shadow Saga next, then Ender in Exile and then pick up the thread of Ender's story with Speaker for the Dead. it is one of the greatest stories ever told and finishing the saga makes you feel like you've just said goodbye to your closest group of friends. I had to go back and do them all again to satisfy my need for more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ollie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    10/23/13
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    "Terrible"
    Any additional comments?

    This was really disapointing. It is such a great story, and the cast really didnt do it justice. It is like the cast never met...like they recorded their parts in total isolation of each other. The whole thing lacked personality.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    London, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "classic sci-fi"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to be better than the print version?

    Whilst some things are lost in this version, the dramatisation of the book works well with great performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story, a classic sci-fi novel with intrigue, humour, and storytelling


    Which character – as performed by Full Cast Recording – was your favourite?

    the grown-ups do tend to be better


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew John Rae
    York, UK
    12/1/13
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    "Dark but Gripping Story Well Told."

    I first read Ender's Game when I was in early high school. It deals with some rather dark subjects - child soldiers, bullying, and pre-emptive "self defence" on both a personal and civilisation level.

    The central plot concerns "battle school", an orbital facility for training child geniuses to command fleets and armies against the "buggers" - traditional insectoid space invaders. The protagonist, Andrew "Ender" Wiggan, has been pre-selected as commander-in-chief, and his experience at battle school is carefully designed to shape him as the perfect leader, regardless of the emotional or physical cost to Ender and the other students.

    The original novel is almost entirely from Ender's point of view, with small and ambiguous interludes from adult perspectives. This new production is an audio play. Since nothing can be directly described, scenes that were previously from Ender's point of view are now recounted as conversations between the adults, significantly expanding these roles. This works very well, creating a simpler, cleaner story.

    Some small changes have been made to the story, increasing or decreasing the significance of various scenes, but without removing or adding major plot elements.

    The side-plot of Peter and Valentine Wiggan, Ender's siblings, has been retained but reduced in size and importance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WJE Hoppitt
    Cambridge, UK
    11/29/13
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    "A good adaptation of a great story"

    I very much enjoyed the audiobook version of "Ender's Game", so I was keen to get this play version too. After reading other pretty negative reviews, I was worried the acting would be very wooden. However, I was pleasantly surprised- whilst the acting is not up to the standard of some of the finest radio examples, like Ian Holm's Frodo in the BBC's Lord of the Rings, I found it to be perfectly adequate. The adaptation of the book to a play script was also very good, such that I think someone who has not read or listened to the original will also be able to enjoy the play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • regmigrant
    Cambridge, UK
    9/21/16
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    "A brilliant sorry well acted"

    In many ways this is a difficult book to dramatize but this is an excellent and engaging piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Margulies
    2/29/16
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    "Brillaint"

    Was a fantastic take on the original book. Kept me hooked until the end. Well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom
    1/9/16
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    "excellent. farsighted"

    I read Enders Game when it was first published and it has always stayed with me. The audible dramatisation does the book justice. Oerson Scott Card. has amazing insight into the complex human condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Newbury, United Kingdom
    1/1/15
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    "Good story but poor performance"

    The story is good and easy to follow but I just couldn't get past the performance. The voices were ALL wrong and just spoiled it, I had to stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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