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Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay Performance

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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    William P McLaughlin 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, Well acted"

    Well done. Easy to get lost in the book. This would be great for long trips. First of many now.

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    Margie 01-26-15
    Margie 01-26-15
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    "great cast - stayed with the story"

    It was exceptionally well done. The cast was true to the story and it was well read.

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    Ben Newman Furlong, PA 01-24-15
    Ben Newman Furlong, PA 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great expansion to the story"

    this is amazing reading, read the book than listen to this. it definitely expands upon the storyline.

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    Alonzo Modesto, CA, United States 01-22-15
    Alonzo Modesto, CA, United States 01-22-15
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    Loved it!!! 😄 It was a real unique way to experience this story. Try it.

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    C. Bussema Lansing, MI United States 01-21-15
    C. Bussema Lansing, MI United States 01-21-15
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    "Great adaptation"

    The voice actors do a wonderful job of immersing you into Ender's world, from the banter to the heartfelt emotional scenes and everything in between.

    Overall, the adaptation works, as any scenes which would normally be narrated omnisciently are now framed as Battle School staff watching video and analyzing what's going on. However, like the recent film, this version almost completely cuts out Locke and Demonsthenes (there is a very short scene where they are discussing the initial plan, and a passing reference later, but that's it). I know that those scenes would be difficult to do in this format, but it feels like an important part of the novel is missing.

    Still, if you're a fan and you've read/listened to an unabridged version, this is very enjoyable, and I recommend it.

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    Jeanette Idaho Falls, ID, United States 01-06-15
    Jeanette Idaho Falls, ID, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a cheerful person. I am plagued by nightmares, so I don't want to read books about scary and violent plots. I like wholesome books.

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    "Only the beginning was painful"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay the most enjoyable?

    It had insights I didn't get from other "Ender" books


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to and why?

    Airborne - it gives you a good sense of the surroundings of the characters


    Any additional comments?

    I almost permamently turned off the book in the first 5 to 10... maybe 20 minutes.(it felt like a Looonnnngg time) The beginning is filled with the ugliness and meaness of childhood taunting. It made me remember why I would put my fist into the mouths or stomachs of playground bullies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Navy Dad 12-27-14
    Navy Dad 12-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveted My Entire Family for 8 Hour Road Trip!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay the most enjoyable?

    The cast reading of the work makes a huge difference! Much easier to follow the story and more enjoyable as you create better bonds with the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is gripping! It's awards are well deserved. As a career military officer myself, it was a great opportunity for me to talk to my family (ages 8 to 44) about what I do and why I do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Seattle 11-25-14
    Rick Seattle 11-25-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story - Lousy production!"
    What would have made Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay better?

    Better production values. I thought I was getting an audio drama, but this was more of a multi-voiced performance with little to no sound effects or music. Really dry and bland.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Full Cast Recording’s performances?

    It'd have to be from a different production company.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    Pretty much all of it, recasting it and putting in a movie soundtrack.


    Any additional comments?

    Yawn! I couldn't even finish it. 30 minutes tops was what I endured.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Alvarez 09-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This was a journey into a world of wonder"
    Would you listen to Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book three times! I just can't get enough!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender, obviously. Not simply because he is the main character, but because I love his perspective on things. He is clever, yet subtle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ender finally gains the trust of the other students.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this all at once I couldn't stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paulo M. F. Andrade Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 08-12-14
    Paulo M. F. Andrade Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 08-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Well narrated but you must be complacent"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Full Cast Recording?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The are some umplausible situations in the book. The computer program the can install itself in systems is a ridiculous hole in the story.


    What does Full Cast Recording bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are perfect ! Only graphicaudio can produce something better.


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

    It does have a follow up book.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, no background music without voices !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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