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 like the other unabridged verse a lot better. The Actors were good. The 30 seconds of music between the chapters is a little odd.
I really tried to love this copy. But when they cut out parts that you were looking forward to listening to. it is hard to like.
I have to admit that when this arrived on the Audible site with the first 4 chapters free for preview, I quickly got them, listened, and then purchased the entire play because I was interested in the outcome with the movie then opening soon. After listening I know that I'll just wait for the movie DVD/Blu-Ray release in a few months.
I gave it 4 stars across the board because while yes I liked it, I didn't love it and had a few gripes with it.
Gripe 1- The biggest problem I had with this version and the same that I've read the movie deals with too, Ender being 6 years old! The actor playing him in this version sounded to me like late teens to mid twenties, and while the original book may have the Ender character speaking the way he does, a 6 year old WOULD NOT speak in that manner, genius or not!
Gripe 2- Many of the voice actors for the 'students' sounded like they were played by female voice actors, even if they were male, and I often lost track of was the interaction being talked about between two boys or a boy and a girl, only to find it was supposed to be between to males.
Gripe 3- The background story sound effects were too quiet! If I was listening while driving I couldn't hear them at all!
Gripe 4- And the one that I've read hurt the movie version, this is NOT a kids story! The cruelty and physiological cruelty towards supposed little kids and teens is excessive. Having the 'hero' considerably older than 6 would have made it more palatable in my opinion, worked more reasonably with the written dialog and the overall outcome could easily have been the same in the book with Ender about 17 to 20. But then that was the writers choice, and my gripes or similar ones may even have been voiced back in 1986.
And I do like full cast audio plays too! I listen to old time radio shows and used to enjoy and get ideas of Audible purchases from "Book Radio" before it was ripped from the air, although I liked the old name of 'Sonic Theater' better! I even used to listen to many of Orson Scott Card based Sci-Fi programs on that channel.
The story is fantastic. The performance was awesome. Changing the story wasteful. If they would have performed it as written, 5-stars. This version is a bad mix of the movie and the book.
Yes, it's a new look at a very good story, and any lover of the book should check it out.
Graff - Stefan Rudnicki will always be the voice of Graff for me.
Not really, and this is where the original book did a lot better.
I really wanted to love this, as I love Ender's Game, and I love radio theater. I listened to some interviews and other stuff before this was released, and they kept making a big deal about how nothing this big or awesome had ever been done. Having listened to some awesome radio theater productions (Chronicles of Narnia, Les Mis, etc by Focus on the Family Radio Theater, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (BBC)), I was pretty excited!
I was greatly disappointed. Before I get to content, I just want to say that it really doesn't work for adults to act out children's characters. Instead of sounding like children, all of the characters sound like adults winey interpretation of kids. This was a big let down and very distracting.
I also felt that this production made Ender less of the main character. The book is told mostly from his perspective and shows us his thoughts and motivations. In this dramatization we can't hear any of his thoughts, so things just kind of happen without us understanding why. Some things they have other characters observe out loud so we can hear, but I feel like most of the heart of this amazing story is lost.
This production is a fine supplement to the full book or audiobook (which is phenomenal!!), but I would never recommend it to anyone as an introduction to Ender's Game.
There is too much in this story going on in people's head. It doesn't lend itself to a full cast production. If you have never read Ender's Game, get the original story. That audio book is really good. This audio book is essentially an abridged version that is not that good. Most of the voices suck and they skipped whole sections of the book.
If you like Ender's Game, it's a nice quick way to live in the story for a little bit. So the audio book isn't all bad...
What a wasted opportunity. The author has rewritten parts of the book to make this into an audioplay but in the process he destroyed what made the book great. Without Ender's internal monologue the book is rudder-less. I was shocked when the author also changed some of the book's two person dialogue. Why? Who knows. The changes usually made no sense - all it did was make the characters less likeable and it didn't improve the story. The badly chosen music between sections was annoying. The acting was patchy - some of the voice talent clearly wasn't up to the challenge. The fake laughing in the barracks was teeth grindingly bad. The use of women's voices for the children in battle school was the most bizarre choice. I know the story is about pre-pubescent mainly male kids whose voices haven't broken - but having Bean and Chen read by women. Really?
No, I would tell them to get the original audiobook instead. (It's fantastic and deserves its five star rating)
The only good thing about this version is that the author cut out swathes of boring rambling between Peter and Valentine about their child-prodigy writing adventures back on earth. And Stefan Rudniki still does a great Colonel Graff in this version.
Listening to this audiobook was like watching a bad B-rate movie with the screen turned off. All you hear is bad acting, stilted dialogue and cheesy sound effects. I can see why the movie studio rejected Orson Scott Cards' screenplay. I hope the movie screenwriters did a better job with the Ender dialogue than this effort. Nice idea but very badly executed.
Having a 'dialogue only' audiobook of Ender's Game is...weird. Not having the complete insight into Ender, having every action explained by a third party, and the overall feel of this version doesn't match what the original book delivers. I hope this isn't what we have to look forward to when the movie is released. Also, the other narrators sort of get in the way. The version here on audible with just Stefan Rudniki and Harlan Ellison flows better. It's hard to describe, but give it a listen and you'll know what I mean.
I will continually go back to listen to the audiobook version of Ender's Game (and the rest of the series), but things like the laugh track, female voices to represent children, and the variations in the story will make the "Live" version a single listen for me. I wanted to finish the audioplay to give it a fair chance, but I kept checking to see how much time was left. The audioplay felt like an abridged modified version of the book.
I won't be, I will point them to the audiobook version instead. A lot of the character depth present in the book was lost in the audioplay version.
If there is a follow-up, I won't likely be listening to it.
Yes and no, if you don't mind musical interludes every 10 min its good but very annoying,it is also not needed for the book just wastes time.
Ender, well that's who the story is about.
No I have not and if their other recordings are as full of these musical breaks which I find don't do any thing for the story I would not listen to any more of them
Because the movie is coming out that is why I am listening to this book, and yes I would go see it based on the book
Get rid of the music it does nothing for the story, just makes the book look longer than it really is.
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