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 re-imagines 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.
Original Score by John Rubinstein • Valentine’s Theme by Janis Ian
Additional music and arrangements by Mark Mitchell
Listen to all of Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay.
©2013 Orson Scott Card (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Fantastic preview of a really exciting drama! The expansion of the universe and characters are amazingly intriguing and well done.
The scripting by Orson Scott Card, the sensitive line readings by the cast.
Thanks for providing promotional material for this exciting release!
Since this title was first announced I have been looking forward to it, however many of OSC's works in the Enderverse have diminished the impact of the original novel in my eyes, so I was also a bit nervous about this new addition. This preview of chapter one has alleviated those fears, somewhat. New perspectives have been added to certain events, but so far I have found them enhancing rather than degrading to the original work. This re-working of Ender's Game might turn out to be rather brilliant. Only time will tell.
The performance has been fine so far; if you've listened to the audio versions of other Enderverse books many of the voices will be familiar to you and their performances are pretty much on par with their past ones. I knocked a star off my rating for "performance" because Ender's voice actor could have done a better job of sounding like a six year old boy and because there was one scene (can't remember which) where someone's voice inflection seemed off to me. But there are no major flaws in the performances so far that would severely hinder my enjoyment.
Can't wait until the full release next week!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is the story of a young genius boy's training in Battle School. He is Earth's greatest hope of surviving an invasion by the Buggers. There are four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which together total about 1 1/2 hours. They will take you basically through Ender's initial encounters in Battle School so you will get an idea about the story and performance but, obviously, the story is just beginning and the cool stuff is yet to come!
PERFORMANCE - I listened to the regular version of Ender's Game in its entirety before I listened to these four chapters. Both versions are good, but I like this Alive version slightly better than what I listened to. It has sound effects and more voices, etc. Unfortunately, both versions have adults reading the roles of children, but they're still good performances.
OVERALL - I'd recommend listening to these four teasers and then the sample of the regular Ender's Game before you decide which version you want to hear, but you should definitely listen to the story. I think any audience - male, female, young, old - will enjoy it immensely. There's no sex or cursing, but there is some violence between the students in Battle School.
This version of Ender's Game is more from the adults' perspective instead of Ender's. This is a very unnecessary retelling of an obviously successful book. The performances were fine, but it seemed less impactful and scary when not told from a 6 year old's view.
I would recommend the free version for sure, to judge the book for yourself. But I would recommend reading the original book first if you want to read both. This book will absolutely kill the original if you read it second.
The full cast is a great idea. It was nice to have Grath's voice back, but the other characters aren't as ruthless as they are in the original.
I have seen the movie, so yes.
I'm a big fan of Ender's Game and of radio plays, so I was excited to listen to this. But the voice acting kept drawing me out of the scenes.
Radio drama is all about sound - we use it to build the scene in our minds and watch it play out in real time, in a way that's even more direct and immediate than listening to an audiobook. Every sound effect, every voice, helps build the picture of what's happening. And in my picture of what's happening, I had to STRAIN to see Ender as a child of any age, let alone a 6 year old. That's just not good radio drama.
Kirby Heyborne did a very good job with what he was given. His take on Ender is admirable. But the man is THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD. The listener should be picturing a child, and Heyborne sounds, inescapably, like an adult.
The director has explained elsewhere that he made his choice based on acting talent, needing someone with the maturity to tackle a very complex and unique character. Fair enough. But surely it's more than that. Surely with a bigger budget for casting and a little more patience and care taken with the Ender character in the studio, they could have had a child or teenage actor to play the role. Or a female, who could get closer to the voice of a child.
If I spoke German, I'd check out the German recording - apparently they did use child actors, though I don't know how the tradeoff worked for them.
As for the rest of the cast, Stefan Rudnicki delivers the wonderful voice-like-a-silk-sack-of-bricks performance for which we know and love him from the audiobooks. Ditto Scott Brick (voice-like-a-silk-sack-of-rudnickis?). And the voices of Valentine and Peter (Susan Hanfield and Paul Boehmer) can be reasonably fit to Ender's older siblings, and they do a good job.
I admit, I listened to all the free chapters (fully expecting to purchase the full audio play), but was so disappointed with the casting of the main character, and so consistently thrown off by imagining an adult in Ender's scenes, that I'm not likely to go any further. The full radio play has been getting excellent reviews. So perhaps there's gold beyond these initial chapters?
Ender's Game - unabridged audiobook
The same casting hits, without the jarring casting misses.
Find a precocious child actor to play Ender. Or an adult female. Not Nancy Cartwright per se, but a similar concept.
It was free, and it took me into that wonderful world, even though it did keep spitting me back out again. So yes.
I'm looking forward to seeing how young Asa Butterfield (age 16) does with Ender Wiggin in the upcoming (as of right now) film.
The original performance of Enders Game makes a lot more sense & shows both more brutality, and more humanity than this revised version. I also saw the movie and as a fan of the original it was a huge disappointment, a cliff notes version of the original with the nuance stripped out of the characters that remained and other key figures removed entirely form the story. The author (whose books i don't buy anymore due to his hateful RL politics, is none the less a brilliant writer and should have retained the rights to his book instead of letting hollywood and a screen writer dumb it down,
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The ease and speed of download. The audioplay itself sounds spectacular. Top audio quality and sound effects.
World War Z, MAYBE. But Z wasn't as complex as this production.
Well, if you want the book, listen to Rudnicki's original recording. This is an expansion of the book and is great for families and kids (although it's by no means all kiddie stuff)
When Ender gets taken away to Battle school and the Mom and Valentine cry. KLEENEX!
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"A fun taster representative of the full work"
This is the first Chapter of the "Ender's Game Alive" audio play. As I set out in my review of the full work, I think it is one of the best versions of a Sci-Fi classic. The story is a bit polarising though - it isn't to everyone's taste.
This taster is representative of the full thing - if you're wondering whether to invest in the audio play, then download this one for free and listen. It's only 20 minutes long, and if you like it, I'm pretty sure you'll like the full thing.
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