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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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    Misspiper 06-26-14
    Misspiper 06-26-14 Member Since 2013

    Songwriter, Reader, Audible addict!

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    "Great story but the narration was just terrible :("
    Would you be willing to try another one of Full Cast Recording’s performances?

    no way .. it was horrible


    Any additional comments?

    Its a great book and story but the use of so many narrators, fade in fade outs & musical interludes drove me to distraction.... it's the one thing that is putting me off purchasing the other books in the series.

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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 06-25-14
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Ender's Game Story"

    I'll admit it - I'm an Enderverse fan. I've read almost all the books (think I'm short one) and I've watched the movie at least twice now. Although this audioplay is very close to the novel - it isn't exact (based upon my memory) but the full cast audio play makes that worth it. There is something about having each part performed by a different voice that brings a dimension to this over a normal audio book and it is a good dimension. Enderverse fans will already love it - first timers to the Ender's Game world will love it as well.

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    michael remillard 06-20-14
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    "Waste of time and money"
    Do you have any additional comments?

    Would not waste your money or time listening to this you are better off with the book instead of the audio play

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-07-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A different way to revisit a classic book"

    This book is one of those stories that is so good that I have read it more than once. When I saw it come out on Audible as a "performance", I figured I'd give it a try.

    It is indeed a different way to listen to the story, and although it was very well done, I had mixed feelings. The performances and engineering were professional, but I kept feeling it was somewhat less than reading the book. Maybe that was just me.

    If you haven't reader Ender's Game yet, then this is definitely a recommended window into that story. If you have read the book, I can still recommend this work as an alternate way of revisiting the work.

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    Linda Luella 06-02-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Pleasant Opera but you can't do justice in 7 hours"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to be better than the print version?

    NEVER!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    As always, Ender's disappearance with his sister at the end is the best ending ever.


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

    NO.


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

    Not particularly but then I read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime L. Richards Denver, CO, US 02-09-14
    Jaime L. Richards Denver, CO, US 02-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Awful listen"
    What disappointed you about Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    I'm rarely compelled to review in words, but I was so sad to attempt to listen to this book which I enjoyed so much as a kid, completely butchered. From annoying voice acting to confusion that cut out most of the story and strange background noises...skip this and go for the traditional read.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan RICHMOND, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Jonathan RICHMOND, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Only for those who have already read the original."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There are many scenes where there are groups of characters (mostly children) and sometimes they all speak as a group. The people in the dramatic reading shouldn't be afraid to talk over each other. Taking turns, one-by-one, in situations where people wouldn't take turns, one-by-one, makes it feel artificial.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a dramatic reading of Ender's Game... kind of.


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

    Only of books I really love. If a text was only available as a dramatic reading, I would not purchase it.


    Any additional comments?

    The changes to the story made sense, in that the story flowed better with the changes because you no longer had Ender's inner monologue, but the changes were all a little awkward because I've listened to the original so many times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sweat Palo Alto, CA, United States 01-21-14
    R. Sweat Palo Alto, CA, United States 01-21-14

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    "Abridged version..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. While I think the book is worth reading, or at least the unabridged unaltered original, this is still great. It was a second "read" for me and I enjoyed it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    Hearing the voice of Bean


    What about Full Cast Recording’s performance did you like?

    Different voices give new light to the characters, but it is also other people interjections of those characters, so this is both a curse and blessing.


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

    Yeah, pretty much


    Any additional comments?

    A good "re-read" but not a replacement to the original. Too much context is missing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer LEXINGTON, MA, United States 01-12-14
    Kindle Customer LEXINGTON, MA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A disappointment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Who did the casting for this book? The performances were terrific, but the actors could not fake being pre-adolescents. And it was keeping track of who was talking.

    Plus, so much of the book got pushed into the dialogue, that some of the more fascinating internal monologues have been lost.

    This is as bad as the movie.


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

    Use younger actors with more distinct voices. Perhaps change the script to include a narrator who could "speak" for Ender's thoughts.


    What about Full Cast Recording’s performance did you like?

    Ender's emotional turmoil was well presented. Graf was great.


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

    Yes. But only because I love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a great introduction if you are new to this world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gettica 01-07-14
    Gettica 01-07-14
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    ""Full Cast" = radio play"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved Ender's Game and many of the subsequent books. I would not recommend this version to a friend because the full cast recording takes out all of the narration. This fundamentally changes the flow of the book and takes out some of the suspense.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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