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Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay Performance

Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

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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)

What Members Say

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    Steven 04-11-15
    Steven 04-11-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as good as the two original books"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lizbet 04-07-15
    Lizbet 04-07-15
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    "Love the full cast "radio show" effect"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 03-22-15
    Jeff 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The audio book was better."

    The performance was great, but there were too many differences with the book. The only that saved it was its bases on the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mark 03-20-15
    mark 03-20-15
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    "full cast recording"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This may work for very young people.


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

    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".


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Davis Phoenix, AZ 03-20-15
    J Davis Phoenix, AZ 03-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great experience once you get used to it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paolo 03-19-15
    Paolo 03-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The best way to listen to audio books"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arlene KENNEWICK, WA, United States 03-11-15
    Arlene KENNEWICK, WA, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ender's New Perspective"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brownting Rochester, MN, United States 02-21-15
    Brownting Rochester, MN, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "stick to the book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Garretson 02-07-15
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    "Disappointing."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I did like the concept of doing the voices, but I thought the story went off track and got extremely corny at times.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Full Cast Recording?

    Yes.


    Was Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay worth the listening time?

    Barely. It definitely won't be a "listen again", while I have I have listened to the original recording many times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 02-02-15
    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this version! A great new take."
    Any additional comments?

    I always liked this story. Sure it has it's problems and also I understand people don't like Orson Scott Card's personal politics... ok I get all that.

    This version still stands out! Great audio-drama and an awesome new way to revisit this story. I wish more of my favorite books would re-release in this format. Imagine lord of the rings as a full cast audio-drama?

    Ok, so my recommendation is if you liked Ender's game this is going to be a great way to revisit that story. Don't buy this if you hated Ender's game as obviously you still aren't going to like it.

    I would read or listen to Ender's game first before I listened to this version. This, to me, is a great bonus for the fans of that story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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