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)
If they would have accepted the need for some narration instead of having to describe every event using dialogue.
Bean because he's like Ender in ways but even more damaged. He's risen above his beginnings to become a good person even though compassion doesn't come naturally to him.
Ender's Game is a wonderful book and the entire series is something I'd recommend reading to anyone. The idea behind this was great and I really wanted to like it. But in an effort to account for how much of the book happens in Ender's mind, the writer chose to employ a technique where someone describes all the action to someone else. This could have been used to limit the need for narration, but it's over used and seems forced when someone is describing something to another person who's also watching at the same time like when the teachers are observing Ender playing the mind game. It's obvious that they are stating the action solely because there's no other way to introduce it without narration. This book just doesn't work as pure dialog.
I tried to like this as I am such a huge fan, but this was a good idea that didn't turn out all that great.
I loved this book when I read it years ago. I love to listen to audiobooks so I bought this to listen to the new concept. It was very frustrating waiting for the lame music that played between scenes. They could have skipped that and it would have made it MUCH better. I have to say I was VERY disappointed with this "new" version of a great book. I hope the movie isn't this disappointing. Some of the characters were great but some were poor voices for the person. Maybe they were not all voice actors?
The lame music between scenes was boring and should have been cut. It would have helped move the story along instead of bringing it to a screeching halt.
Some of the voice characters were poorly done.
Only if the get rid of the lame music between scenes.
I have heard better renditions of books done with full casts. I would listen to some of them and get more ideas how to make this better.
I thought it was a creative way of rewriting the novel. Not sure why both the movie and this audiotape make Ender an adolescent when such a big thing is made of his being barely 11 years old by the end. Especially jarring in this book since Bean and another child character are provided with child-type voices.
After seeing the movie, I wanted to re-read the book (which I read over 10 years ago), and thought this would be a fresh way to hear the story. It was interesting - but I do think that the book was much, much better.
He's a wonderfully inventive writer, and I would.
The characterizations were not great.
I did wish that the movie had been done as two long movies - the 7+ hours of the audioplay captured the whole book much better than the movie, which was far too truncated.
I almost returned this after the beginning, which is absolutely awful. The six year old Ender is read by an adolescent with a deepish voice - horrible casting. It's not that the young man doesn't do a good job of reading, but his age was too advanced. His voice was to deep for the entire play, but worst at first both because of the shock that they would do that after the complete disaster of a movie where Ender was 16 from beginning to end and Bonzo was a midget.
I honestly was about to turn it off and decided to listen a bit more to see if I could ignore the actor obviously being far too old for the role. I managed, although it was still irritating for a while. Everything else is wonderful however although several of the children have obviously gone through, or are going through puberty.
The story is well written and deviations from the original are all sensible and in some cases better than the original.
I will not spoil anything other than to say that this stands up well by itself, and I did care about the characters - something the movie completely failed to do.
While the story and the actors were good, I did not care for the theater-like quality of the performance. I was not expecting to hear foot steps and other sound effects, but more of a narrative of what was going on, some descriptive elements by a narrator or character. Instead it was like listening to the reading of a script by many actors - like attending a Broadway play blindfolded. You had to guess what was going on. In addition, there was too much theatrical music that I felt did not add to the performance.
Interesting. Leaves an opportunity for another book.
This could be disturbing to some because of situations in which children are placed.
I was super excited to see this story from a new perspective, since I loved Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. This was a major disappointment. There were only a few moments of great new insight, and too many other important moments that had to be passed over with this "dialogue only" style. Not worth the credit or the time. What a shame.
not before reading the original
There was a little more insight on ender's training but i find the lack of his hearing about his thoughts to be a bigger loss then gain.
Yes if they had already read the full novel and are in the mood for it again. I would not recommend this a s a way to experience the story first.
I actually think it did a better job of helping the audience to understand why everyone loves Ender than the Novel which keeps us in his head. His interactions with his fellow soldiers in this adaptation made him much more likeable.
first one: hopefully you'll do 'Ender's Shadow' next.
No I use the books to make my commute more interesting.
There is an Error in the script at 4:15-4:20 of Chapter 13Ender descripes his army as having "5 toons of 4" which would make his dragon army half the size of the other armies which have 4 toons of 10 each. I had to relisten to that spot 5 times just to make sure i wasn't hearing wrong and doing the simple multiplication wrong in my head. Please fix this get the cast members back in the Studio and fix it!!
Actually quite a good performance by all of the VAs involved, this was a very good retelling of Ender's story, considering there were no voice overs for Ender's thoughts. I was disappointing by the shift in tone from previous incarnations of the story, however. The battle school children were much more pleasant and welcoming to Ender than they had been, not overly warm, but let's face it, in the book they're all seconds away from hostile. Also, the twist at the end of the book is shamefully telegraphed throughout the story and Ender even guesses and dismisses it before the end.In short, the production quality was very good, and the scenes they chose to act out gave the story the necessary depth, but they softened and dummed down the story to make it easier for kids to enjoy, even though I read it as a kid and had no problem with it as it was, and enjoyed the shock at the end. It was pretty good, but could have been much better.
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