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)
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.
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.
It had insights I didn't get from other "Ender" books
Airborne - it gives you a good sense of the surroundings of the characters
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.
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.
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.
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.
It'd have to be from a different production company.
Pretty much all of it, recasting it and putting in a movie soundtrack.
Yawn! I couldn't even finish it. 30 minutes tops was what I endured.
I have already listened to this book three times! I just can't get enough!
Ender, obviously. Not simply because he is the main character, but because I love his perspective on things. He is clever, yet subtle.
When Ender finally gains the trust of the other students.
I did listen to this all at once I couldn't stop.
The are some umplausible situations in the book. The computer program the can install itself in systems is a ridiculous hole in the story.
The voices are perfect ! Only graphicaudio can produce something better.
It does have a follow up book.
Please, no background music without voices !
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