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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480523216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480523210
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I typically listen to audio books while mobile so I rip them.
Joe Frazier
All the voice actors in this are great, and I could imagine them as the characters.
HanakoGal
I recommend it for fans mostly, but anyone can enjoys this as well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adam Shields VINE VOICE on October 26, 2013
Format: MP3 CD
I am a HUGE Ender's Game fan. I have read the book probably a dozen times in paperback, kindle and audiobook. So initially I was going to skip this because I thought it was just going to be a full cast version of the audiobook. But I got sucked in because Card wrote it as a radio drama with some different text. There is no narrator, so the only action is in dialogue, which makes for a few odd places because someone has to describe the action in dialogue form and it doesn't quite fit. (This is traditional with radio dramas, but still creates a few odd places.)

I also was put off by the voices. Because this is acted out (by voice if not visually) it really feels odd that there are no children's voices here. There are only adult voices even though most of the characters are 6 to 12 years old. I understand it is easier to get adults than kids, but it felt jarring. (Of course you get use to it and there are some excellent voice actors here.)

The final issue is that this is the adaptation. Ender's Game Alive is just over 7 hours and the unabridged audiobook is just short of 12. That is a lot of cut content and for a true fan like myself, I feel it. Maybe others would not feel the abridgement quite so much but I thought it was too much and it hurt the character development. To be fair there are some new scenes here as well. OSC thinks he may adapt some of them into a new edition of the book, but on the whole it felt like the adaptation was a little weak on character development.

On the whole I think this is a good supplement. But if you have never read Ender's game and you want an audio version you should skip this and get the unabridged 20th Anniversary Audiobook instead. This is done well, but I don't think it is as good as the full audiobook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Frazier on October 31, 2013
Format: MP3 CD Verified Purchase
First, I'm not going to focus on the content of Ender's Game Alive other than to say it captures the essence of the book. So, if you don't know the book, read review/synopsis for it.

The folks at Skyboat Media have breathed new life into an old format: the radio play. Ender's Game author, Orson Scott Card, has rewritten the novel from ground up as an audio play. I've been pretty excited about this new art form (or, at least a form pushed to new levels) ever since I became aware of the project. This is a first rate audio play.

Be fully immersed. Don't go into this like it's an audio book. You'll look for the narration to tell you where you are in the story. Here, it's done with sounds and theme and dialog and a little monologue, but not straight out narration. Let me emphasize the quality of this production. One way to bring this out is how I rip and experience this. I typically listen to audio books while mobile so I rip them. I often "save space" if I own CDs of audio books, I'll rip them at 128 Kbps. After all, spoken word doesn't have the same level of complexity as a symphony. Not this production. I rendered it with a lossless codec although around 320 variable bit rate mp3 would be fine. I listened to most of it on Grado SR 80s (quite decent cans). This is an amazing experience. They use left and right channel well with a large sound stage even while being immersed in the sound. You feel as if you're in the dialog, a part of the conversation and the action.

While content is king and the best production can't make up for bad story or lousy acting, what really sets Ender's Game Alive apart is a focused script of a great story (not a slightly edited text to account for being read aloud), terrific actors and narrators and first rate production value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam B. Johnson on October 25, 2013
Format: MP3 CD
There are a lot of versions of Ender's Game: the original book, the comic book, the forthcoming movie, and this full-cast audioplay.

I love the idea of turning books into fully voiced audioplays, and I hope OSC and other authors utilize the rising popularity of Audible and audio books in general to create more of these. I feel like it brings the story to life in ways that books don't at a cost far below making a movie. It shares some of the advantages and disadvantages of movies as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of books. It's a strange medium, really. But I really like it.

I think the script that OSC wrote for this audioplay is the best version of Ender's Game. At 7 hours it is a great length: not so long that it drags nor too short that things feel rushed. There are parts to the story that are not in the original book or comic book, and I think those parts are so good that they should be added to a revised version of the actual book (blasphemy!). I think the additions go a long way to make the story more believable and the characters more realistic.

Voice acting is inconsistent. Some performances are fantastic and some are distractingly bad. I think Kirby, who plays Ender, does a good job of sounding young. He definitely sounds post-pubescent but that's fine, it didn't bother me. Using Emily Card to play Bean was a terrible decision. Every time Bean speaks I hear a woman's voice. And it just didn't work for me at all. Hyrum is played by Stefan Rudnicki who does the narration of almost every OSC audio book I've ever heard. He does a great job. His voice is so deep! I think just for fun he should have played Bean...

The music played between chapters adds nothing and I found myself wanting to skip it. The sound effects were good.
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