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)
I have only experienced Mr. Card's books through audio recordings excepting the movie, of course. This is a great intro to the whole series or just a glimpse into Ender's world. I totally enjoyed the character voices bringing the story another dimension.
This book is good hence the 4 stars. But I think it lacks something from the original Enders Game and Shadow.
While some details are edited out and given as a synopsis through the teachers discussions, new info is added in which is a nice touch for Enderverse fans.
If this is the only Enders book you listen to your missing the chance to discover many of the nuances for your self. And enjoy much of the 'growth' of the characters.
Also the editing is a bit wonky with long pauses. Oh and the music is just plain awful. Sorry but has to be said.
I often find that I get distracted by a single person using different inflections and accents to differentiate characters in fiction readings. Listening to a man try to do a woman's voice or vice versa causes me to focus more on the voice itself than the words.
I have read Ender's Game in the distant past. As a child reading I found the story immersive. As an adult listening I find it entertaining. The performances were very good, though I wish the child characters would have been read by children.
Overall I truly enjoyed this reading. I recommend it to fans of the book and new listeners just getting into audio books.
This may work for very young people.
I'm sorry but I just could not even get half way through this production. I think the problem lay in the scripting. I did not like the sound effects and adlibs. I did not realize when I purchased this production that it was going to be so dramatized I guess. My mistake. I do like the story however and will get the unscripted version. Lesson learned. I must say a good narration will make or break a story. Most of the readers were good. I just couldn't get past the "noise".
I was initially a little unsettled by hearing multiple actors, as I'm used to standard audiobooks. However, I pushed through the awkwardness of the new experience and found it to become very enjoyable. The voices became familiar and the story was relatively smooth. Overall it was a great experience. If you're having doubts based on listening to a sample, don't worry, it will grow on you.
Production value up there with star wars audio books. A entertaining Listen with professional production. Only annoyance is the music at the end and beginning of what seemed like every chapter. These scores seemed to go on a little to long.
An interesting slant on the Ender's Game novel. You get more backstory, more of Bean's perspective as well as an expanded role by Valentine. Colonel Graff is different as well. I enjoyed this, but am not sure it didn't weaken Ender's "Character" in a way,
Still it was really fun to listen to and worth buying.
This is the first time I've listened to a full cast audio play. Truly did not enjoy it. Sure different voices, but the sound effects? Detracted from the story in my opinion. I could possibly overlook opening doors, knocking that kind of thing. But listening to people wrestle and grunt, no thanks. Also the elevator musical interludes, completely unecesary. I get that at a real play you need time to tear down/set up. But here it was just awkward long pauses, with classical music that did nothing to enhance the story.
I did wind up listening the whole way through, but I didn't care for how the story was changed from the original book. I also thought the lengthy interval music was cheesey.
I did like the concept of doing the voices, but I thought the story went off track and got extremely corny at times.
Barely. It definitely won't be a "listen again", while I have I have listened to the original recording many times.
"Could have been great. Was only okay."
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.
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!
"An excellent adaptation of the original."
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.
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.
See above - Graff by Stefan Rudnicki.
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.
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!
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.
Whilst some things are lost in this version, the dramatisation of the book works well with great performances.
This is a great story, a classic sci-fi novel with intrigue, humour, and storytelling
the grown-ups do tend to be better
"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.
"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.
Was a fantastic take on the original book. Kept me hooked until the end. Well done
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.
"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.
"Easy to follow"
It was really easy to follow what was going on and the cast made it more of a rounded experience.
Neverwhere: full BBC dramatisation
The atmospheric sounds added to the experience
Life's just a Game....or is it
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