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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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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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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 10-23-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No Buggers just Formics."


    This version has been edited from the original version and become more streamlined with some of the finer details cut. I am sure that some of the purist will be disappointed with the edits and cuts but overall I still found the book to be enjoyable. It was like listening to an old time radio broadcast of a play being performed.

    This is a classic by Orson Scott Card and is the first book in the Enders series. This was originally written as a standalone book but the author has gone back to expanded the universe. So if you enjoyed this one and would like to see what happens next there are several more books to follow this one. In Ender's Game humanity finds itself at war with space aliens that are basically giant bugs. I found myself forgetting at times how young the "soldiers" were. When Ender starts at the War School he is only 6 years old, but Ender and the other soldiers there are unlike any child you know. They are all genus children being trained to command an Army against hostile bugs. If you haven't read this one yet I would definitely pick this one up. Plus Hollywood is making a movie based on this book and is coming out soon.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Brea, CA, United States 11-03-13
    Amazon Customer Brea, CA, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2010

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    "The enemy of Good, is Better"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Full Cast Recording?

    I would jump at another Full Cast Recording, it was a stellar job in bringing the book to life as well as the welcome addition of a few sound effects that enhanced the experience. Orson Card has a very specific voice, and when he brings his style to a genre, you're either a fan, or not so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stefan Rudnicki has always sounded like a congested rabbi when he reads a book, but I will say I very much enjoyed him as part of a cast. Well done!


    Any additional comments?

    Card added a few things here and there to "make this the best version of the book". As a book, I encourage people to read the kindle version first. As an e-book, please believe me that there is a reason it will give you a better experience than a hard copy. It also reads better in people's heads as they are exposed to these brilliant children and their oddly inconsistent dialogue. They are children, so there are the usual fart jokes, as well as geniuses, so their thought process is agreeable. I think Card did a disservice by holding a reader's hand a little too much and spelling things out in a key conversation between Ender and a teacher. In what was originally a beautiful twist and roller coaster type climax, his additions completely neutered the wow factor and limped across the finish line. I would not return to this book for fun, and I can only really recommend the sections of battle school and command school, the ending, at least in this version, I can almost skip entirely. Kindle this book first!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cedar Hill, TX, United States 11-03-13
    Brian Cedar Hill, TX, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If you have never read/heard the book then..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have never listened to the unabridged "Ender's Game" or read the original book, then you may find this version interesting and entertaining. However, it seems that this version is aimed at bridging the gap between the book and the movie. I haven't seen the movie, so it is speculation on my part, but this book sounds like a movie script based on the original "Ender's Game".


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    I really liked "Ender's Game", however I am not an Orson Scott Card fanboy. I listened to this dramatization hoping for a quick refresh on the story before the movie comes out. I was disappointed. It wasn't so bad I couldn't finish it, and if I had never heard/read "Ender's Game", I might have liked it more. I have also listened to "Ender's Shadow" (an excellent book), and "Shadow of the Hegemon" (very slow and tedious). "Ender's Game Alive" is the least of the three.


    What didn’t you like about Full Cast Recording’s performance?

    The performances were weak. They sounded superficial. The script was a poor adaptation. The characters were unconvincing and the exposition was contrived e.g. when the battle school instructors watch videos of battles and describe the action to one another. It is dialogue substituting for narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was fast paced, and more or less kept my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book if you read/listened to "Ender's Game" unless you thought it was much too long and involved. If you want a short, simple version with mediocre voice acting then go ahead. Otherwise, use your credits for something else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 10-26-13
    Tango Texas 10-26-13

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Nice addition to the Ender Collection"

    Although I really enjoyed this performance, I would only recommend it to those who have read or heard the original Ender's Game novel. liked it, and remember it. This version follows the basic plot fairly closely, but this is very much like listening to a long movie audio track - it's the story told with only dialog and sound effects. What you don't get it is OSC's wonderful prose with the symbolism woven through and the descriptions of the children, the battle school, the contests, etc. If you have read/heard the book and remember most of it, your brain will easily fill in the missing descriptions, but it wouldn't be as much fun without knowing the original story first. The original Ender's Game novel was entertaining and both poignant and thought-provoking. This Audioplay version is mostly entertaining - not as touching or provocative - but nothing wrong with that and I certainly don't regret the listen.

    As expected, the audio for this version is first-rate - nicely produced, great narrators, and good quality sound throughout. I had only one issue. Most of the children's voices are done by young adults and they sound alright for boys and girls who are 10 or 12 or older. However many of the children in the book are only 8 and Ender is only 6 when the story begins and 11 at the end, yet in this Audioplay he sounds like he is at least a young teen throughout. It is hard to grasp the trauma done to that child when he doesn't sound like the really little kid he was in the story. Independent of how brilliant a child might be, a 6 year old will never sound like a teenager. The part of Bean is read by a women and she didn't sound quite right to me either.

    Minor issue with the casting was not enough to interfere with my real enjoyment of the Audioplay. Recommended to all Ender fans.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark canyon country, CA, United States 10-24-13
    Mark canyon country, CA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Grand!"
    What did you love best about Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    Very well done. Takes audio books to a new level.


    Any additional comments?

    Essentially the same story as the novel but different in several interesting ways also. Bean is almost not in it and little of Ender's shadow. What is in it is a cleaned up, shorter more action adventure version of Ender's Game. I'm a fan, five star's from me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-23-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Take The Training Wheels Off Your Ender Bike!"

    I'll keep this short and to the point.

    This new dramatic audio rendition of Ender's Game is one of many audio versions of this classic scifi novel. In fact, there's already a another dramatic rendition. Multiple voices. A bit of music.

    So, is this a good audio buy?

    It depends on if you plan to see the movie.

    If you plan to go see the movie, and haven't read the series? NO. Listen to the FULL NON-DRAMATIC version first, as this is somewhat abbreviated, misses the nuances of the author's writing, which add SO MUCH to the experience. THEN go see the movie, Very few movies can do full justice to a great novel. And Ender's Game is fantastic. However good the movie is, the dry version will be a better listening experience.

    So, full dry audiobook, then the movie.

    If you don't plan to listen to the full dry audiobook version, and want to go see the movie, then I recommend the movie first, and THEN you can decide which flavor you want. Dry versus dramatic with multiple voice actors.

    This is very good, but at the end of the day, it's Ender's Game on training wheels.

    The choice is yours.

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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bergonzi Champaign, IL, United States 06-08-14
    Michael Bergonzi Champaign, IL, United States 06-08-14
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    "Audio Drama Reviews: Ender's Game Alive"

    Ender’s Game Alive has a wonderful cast, powerful sound effects, and a story that has stood the test of time. Just like the novel changed science fiction, this adaptation does the same for audio drama. It says “this isn’t a worn out medium and here’s proof.” This version was my first experience of the story, having never read the book, and I enjoyed the story.

    The opening scene was hard to get through because of the dialogue that was written on the page and I’ve heard the same complaint from people who’ve read the book that the opening was hard to get through. From what I understand, the book starts off with dialogue with no context. It’s essentially two people talking in a white room. Audio Dramas use dialogue all the time as do movies. It’s kind of their thing. I wasn’t sure of the first scenes purpose other than to inform the reader that in this society, having a third child is illegal and how Ender was allowed to be born, despite that law.

    The ending felt a bit rushed, at least in the way it was presented, but I can see how it could’ve worked well in a book. The big twist ending was foreshadowed a few scenes before the reveal actually happened and the foreshadowing was like a hit to the head with a hammer. There wasn’t enough time to collect and process the information.

    Having watched the movie, I have to say I like this interpretation of Colonel Graff better than Harrison’s Ford’s portrayal. In the movie, he didn’t have a lot of depth. In Ender’s Game Alive, you understand his motivation much more clearly. Those scenes with him and the psychologist were some of the more interesting bits of the story. I felt like Graff cared for Ender like his own son. The entire cast did a great job. Even though these characters were supposed to be kids, I was never knocked out of the story—even in the beginning.

    Overall this production is fantastic and there was never a dull moment where I wanted to turn it off. It was more like I had to do it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 05-27-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ensemble cast provides for a fun adaptation"
    Any additional comments?

    I generally don't like knowing about authors, musicians, and artists because they can only complicate the art itself. Orson Scott Card's anti-civil rights agenda made me want to dislike this book or find the seeds of his bigotry within the pages. And perhaps with a more thoughtful read it is there, but that was not my experience reading Ender's Game. It is a good, perhaps great book. Even knowing the plot beats ahead of time (I had previously read the graphic adaptation) I found this book to have great inertia. The manipulations and training provide interesting pseudo-psychology and military tactics. The biology of the enemy is very creatively explored and the treatment of time and space is carefully handled and makes this book borderline "hard sci-fi". Of course is does use Ursula K. LeGuin's "ansible" (a device for faster-than-light communication), but that has practically become sci-fi cannon at this point. I was particularly pleased how well he balanced their genius and the fact that these are children. The characters are the foundation of this story, which is rare in sci-fi and what makes this a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Green Cove Springs, FL, United States 05-11-14
    Edward Green Cove Springs, FL, United States 05-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Different, And the Same.... An Awsome Renewal"

    This is an awesome audio recording. A real classic in radio style story telling. In this remake of "Ender's Game", O.S. Card has taken the opportunity to put a totally different slant on an already classic piece of literature. It really gets you into the behind the scenes action that took place in the original book , and it really helps you to understand better the thinking of all the characters. Some of the changes, I think, some will hate because of how it diverges from the original. But for those with an open mind and who love a great story, he renewed this story in wonderful new ways that most will love. This is a must listen for all who love the Ender universe, and a wonderful introduction for those new to this story.

    I will also say that I wish that this version of "Ender's Game" would have been the model for the movie. It would have been so much better and closer to the original.

    So get this audio play of a wonderful classic, relax in your favorite chair and simply enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "... a great start for Enders Game"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its a book that is very different in that its an interactive radio play version of a book that some feel is stilted. I think this medium works really well and if you have seen the recent movie or read the book this is a great complimentary release.


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

    The war sequences are achieved really well. The cleverness of the ideas with the teams is realised well within the audiobook/play


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

    Yes it was a really good performance across the whole group


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

    Not really, I suppose its one of those books that makes you wonder ..... more than anything


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended

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