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Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay | [Orson Scott Card]

Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

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.
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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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    Mike west allis, WI, United States 11-14-13
    Mike west allis, WI, United States 11-14-13
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    "Great book but this opion is so so"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 11-12-13
    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2010

    Joseph Brown

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    "Ender's Game - Audio Play Version"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin United States 11-03-13
    Dustin United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "good iniative, bad judgement."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tor Sandnes, Norway 11-02-13
    Tor Sandnes, Norway 11-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good, but I preferred the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a new look at a very good story, and any lover of the book should check it out.


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

    Graff - Stefan Rudnicki will always be the voice of Graff for me.


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

    Not really, and this is where the original book did a lot better.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Grassy Lake, AB, Canada 10-31-13
    Eric Grassy Lake, AB, Canada 10-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Listen to the Original Book First!"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hunter Hillsboro, OR 10-31-13
    D. Hunter Hillsboro, OR 10-31-13 Member Since 2009

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    "A poor alternative to the whole story"

    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...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New Zealand 10-30-13
    Amazon Customer New Zealand 10-30-13
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    "How to ruin a good book"
    What disappointed you about Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    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?


    Would you recommend Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I would tell them to get the original audiobook instead. (It's fantastic and deserves its five star rating)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary Laurel, MD, United States 10-29-13
    Zachary Laurel, MD, United States 10-29-13
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    "Doesn't match the feel of Ender's Game"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew United States 10-29-13
    Matthew United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Listen to the audiobook instead."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Do you think Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If there is a follow-up, I won't likely be listening to it.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael L Lemon Grove, CA, USA 10-28-13
    Michael L Lemon Grove, CA, USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "It was ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender, well that's who the story is about.


    Have you listened to any of Full Cast Recording’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of the music it does nothing for the story, just makes the book look longer than it really is.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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