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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)

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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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    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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  • HR
    11/3/13
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    "Could have been great. Was only okay."
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay the most enjoyable?

    Ender's Game is a fantastic story to begin with and with the author writing the dramatisation it means all the important bits are left in.


    Any additional comments?

    BUT.The musical intervals were horrible and could be quite off-putting. And although the cast did a good job, having adult-sounding children was also a little ... irritating. If they can make a movie of this fantastic story using child actors, why couldn't they do the same with this dramatisation?So overall, a good way to spend a lazy Sunday. But would have been better with age-appropriate actors and NO music!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Castle Donington, United Kingdom
    3/27/14
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    "An excellent adaptation of the original."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version but listened to the entirety of the Ender Universe on audio books, it's hard to say if this is better than the print version. What I can say is that lived up to expectation and really helped to bring the characters to life and add to the story in subtle ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Due to the way Scott Card uses third parties to convey to the reader what happens in Ender's head in the original text, Colonel Graff takes an even larger role and could easily be my favourite character - especially read so brilliantly by Stefan Rudnicki who is one of the greatest narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to.


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

    See above - Graff by Stefan Rudnicki.


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

    Having already trodden the entire path of the Ender Universe, one cannot help but be emotionally attached to the central characters and this performance only adds to that. To isolate any particular emotion would be to diminish the impact of the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I implore anyone to continue the journey. But go through the Shadow Saga next, then Ender in Exile and then pick up the thread of Ender's story with Speaker for the Dead. it is one of the greatest stories ever told and finishing the saga makes you feel like you've just said goodbye to your closest group of friends. I had to go back and do them all again to satisfy my need for more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ollie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    10/23/13
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    "Terrible"
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    This was really disapointing. It is such a great story, and the cast really didnt do it justice. It is like the cast never met...like they recorded their parts in total isolation of each other. The whole thing lacked personality.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    London, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "classic sci-fi"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to be better than the print version?

    Whilst some things are lost in this version, the dramatisation of the book works well with great performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story, a classic sci-fi novel with intrigue, humour, and storytelling


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

    the grown-ups do tend to be better


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew John Rae
    York, UK
    12/1/13
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    "Dark but Gripping Story Well Told."

    I first read Ender's Game when I was in early high school. It deals with some rather dark subjects - child soldiers, bullying, and pre-emptive "self defence" on both a personal and civilisation level.

    The central plot concerns "battle school", an orbital facility for training child geniuses to command fleets and armies against the "buggers" - traditional insectoid space invaders. The protagonist, Andrew "Ender" Wiggan, has been pre-selected as commander-in-chief, and his experience at battle school is carefully designed to shape him as the perfect leader, regardless of the emotional or physical cost to Ender and the other students.

    The original novel is almost entirely from Ender's point of view, with small and ambiguous interludes from adult perspectives. This new production is an audio play. Since nothing can be directly described, scenes that were previously from Ender's point of view are now recounted as conversations between the adults, significantly expanding these roles. This works very well, creating a simpler, cleaner story.

    Some small changes have been made to the story, increasing or decreasing the significance of various scenes, but without removing or adding major plot elements.

    The side-plot of Peter and Valentine Wiggan, Ender's siblings, has been retained but reduced in size and importance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WJE Hoppitt
    Cambridge, UK
    11/29/13
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    "A good adaptation of a great story"

    I very much enjoyed the audiobook version of "Ender's Game", so I was keen to get this play version too. After reading other pretty negative reviews, I was worried the acting would be very wooden. However, I was pleasantly surprised- whilst the acting is not up to the standard of some of the finest radio examples, like Ian Holm's Frodo in the BBC's Lord of the Rings, I found it to be perfectly adequate. The adaptation of the book to a play script was also very good, such that I think someone who has not read or listened to the original will also be able to enjoy the play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B. Margulies
    2/29/16
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    "Brillaint"

    Was a fantastic take on the original book. Kept me hooked until the end. Well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom
    1/9/16
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    "excellent. farsighted"

    I read Enders Game when it was first published and it has always stayed with me. The audible dramatisation does the book justice. Oerson Scott Card. has amazing insight into the complex human condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Newbury, United Kingdom
    1/1/15
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    "Good story but poor performance"

    The story is good and easy to follow but I just couldn't get past the performance. The voices were ALL wrong and just spoiled it, I had to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. R. A. Fitzgerald
    leicester, UK
    12/7/14
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    "Easy to follow"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay the most enjoyable?

    It was really easy to follow what was going on and the cast made it more of a rounded experience.


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

    Neverwhere: full BBC dramatisation


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

    The atmospheric sounds added to the experience


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life's just a Game....or is it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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