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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 Form 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.


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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 Form 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.

30 review for Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.L. Sutton

    “Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.” As I listened to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game Alive, I went from disappointment to curiosity, wondering about the value of a full cast audioplay here. Given how this was written and edited, the story is almost entirely driven by dialogue. Does this make it more accessible? I could be wrong, but I don't think so. This production doesn't even serve as a good introduction for those thinking about reading Ende “Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.” As I listened to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game Alive, I went from disappointment to curiosity, wondering about the value of a full cast audioplay here. Given how this was written and edited, the story is almost entirely driven by dialogue. Does this make it more accessible? I could be wrong, but I don't think so. This production doesn't even serve as a good introduction for those thinking about reading Ender's Game. Instead, like the movie that also disappointed me, I think it only turns you away from Ender's world. This is a shame because the novel is the first in a very very interesting series that is often overlooked. And that's not even mentioning Ender's Shadow, a parallel novel to Ender's Game that to me packs more punch than the original. Okay, I'm approaching rant here. Suffice to say that Ender's Game Alive did not do it for me. “Remember, the enemy's gate is down.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Shields

    Short Review: 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 fi Short Review: 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. 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. The final issue is that this is a pretty severe abridgement. 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. On the whole I think you should skip this and get the unabridged 20th Anniversary Audiobook instead if you want an audio version. This is done well, but I don't think it is as good as the full audiobook. My full review (which is mostly the same as above) is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/enders-game-alive/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Ender's Game was one of my first audiobooks and I'll admit, I was a little attached to it. So I was equal parts excited and nervous to hear this new take on the story. First, let me just say that I'm one of those people who abhor sound effects in my audio. I will shut a book off and walk away. Forever. So when I read "audioplay" I was skeptical. But the effects here were perfectly done: the whoosh of a door (sci-fi doors do that) to let you know when someone is entering or exiting a room, the ec Ender's Game was one of my first audiobooks and I'll admit, I was a little attached to it. So I was equal parts excited and nervous to hear this new take on the story. First, let me just say that I'm one of those people who abhor sound effects in my audio. I will shut a book off and walk away. Forever. So when I read "audioplay" I was skeptical. But the effects here were perfectly done: the whoosh of a door (sci-fi doors do that) to let you know when someone is entering or exiting a room, the echo of a large space, and music between scenes or to indicate time passing. Not once did I cringe. And I truly enjoyed the way the "play" was performed, each character given their own voice by an amazing cast of talented narrators (some of whom you may remember from the older editions) seamlessly moving from scene to scene. Whether you're a fan of the original or new to the series, Ender's Game Alive is a wonderful way to experience the story. I guess the only thing left for me to do is cross my fingers and watch the movie ;)

  4. 5 out of 5

    RJ - Slayer of Trolls

    Those who count Ender's Game as an all-time favorite book will likely have mixed feelings about this full cast recording (Harlan Ellison plays a part, but it's not clear which one). Telling the story almost exclusively through dialogue forces the use of a LOT of exposition in the early going, and Card revises the setup a bit to address criticisms and alleviate the responsibility born by Ender and his parents for some of the early happenings while Ender is on Earth as a child. Things pick up afte Those who count Ender's Game as an all-time favorite book will likely have mixed feelings about this full cast recording (Harlan Ellison plays a part, but it's not clear which one). Telling the story almost exclusively through dialogue forces the use of a LOT of exposition in the early going, and Card revises the setup a bit to address criticisms and alleviate the responsibility born by Ender and his parents for some of the early happenings while Ender is on Earth as a child. Things pick up after the first hour when Ender reaches Battle School, which is also one of the best parts of the book, and the cast comes to life with the addition of several new characters. Unfortunately, the ending feels rushed and some of the surprises are telegraphed a bit too much. At times the voice actor emoting is too overdramatic, undercutting the sobriety of the events. Card also wove in material from many of the other Ender books and stories, which makes things feel a little too cramped at times. This audiobook is fun for those who have already read Ender's Game and want to experience it again in a different format, but it's not the best introduction to the story for beginners.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    To call Ender's Game Alive an audiobook is almost grasping at straws, but I don't think the publishers are trying to mislead anyone. In fact, the title goes to great lengths in defining the content as an audioplay. That's an interesting evolution in and of itself, because this "new" branch of audiobooks is little more than a throwback to radio shows from the beginning of the 20th century. Orson Scott Card wrote the script for this audioplay himself, which is sort of a double-edged sword. In the o To call Ender's Game Alive an audiobook is almost grasping at straws, but I don't think the publishers are trying to mislead anyone. In fact, the title goes to great lengths in defining the content as an audioplay. That's an interesting evolution in and of itself, because this "new" branch of audiobooks is little more than a throwback to radio shows from the beginning of the 20th century. Orson Scott Card wrote the script for this audioplay himself, which is sort of a double-edged sword. In the one hand, you're pretty much guaranteed that the audioplay will be faithful to the book. On the other hand, I have to wonder whether Card is so familiar with the material that an outsider to the Ender universe might end up lost in the translation from novel to audioplay. Having read the original book myself, I can't really make any claims as to how well the audioplay would hold up for a first-time listener. The jury is out on that one. The story itself is peerless, and really stands in a class of its own. No problems on that front. The audioplay version brings a great energy to the proceedings, especially when it comes to conveying emotions. The huge cast of voices ensures that characters are [usually] easily identified without having to resort to narration. Sound design was also impressive, with stereo effects put to great use in simulating zero-g spins or moving away from characters in the battle rooms. High marks also go the foley work, where the sounds were just enough to add to the story without becoming obtrusive. On the not-so-positive side, however, there were some real drawbacks. I've always laughed at the cheesy narrator voices from those old radio shows, but the complete lack of a narrator highlighted the necessity of that function. Even knowing the story as I did, there were still moments where mental orientation took a little longer than I would have hoped for. There's also the fact that the story begins when our character is just six years old, and there is absolutely no effort put into making him sounds that young. For an audioplay - where everything is interpreted by what the listener hears - that sort of dissonance between what we're told and what we hear really hampers believability. I also have to wonder if this audioplay would have benefitted from being broken into episodes or chapters. There are some musical interludes that hint at divisions in the play, but seven-odd hours is a long time to go without giving the listener a pause to process and compartmentalize what s/he has just read. As an audioplay, Ender's Game Alive hints at real potential for the format, even if I don't think it's ready for prime time just yet. If you've read the book before, this is a worthwhile extra. For anyone who hasn't yet read the book, I wouldn't recommend this audioplay as a good starting point, but I would encourage you to try out the unabridged audiobook instead. FTC Disclosure - I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I loved this live performance of Ender's Game. I had read the book first, then saw the movie, and now listened to an all-cast performance. I feel so bad for Ender and the other kids being drafted into the armed services, and then Ender (view spoiler)[finding the last Queen of the Formics they were fighting (hide spoiler)] . I loved this live performance of Ender's Game. I had read the book first, then saw the movie, and now listened to an all-cast performance. I feel so bad for Ender and the other kids being drafted into the armed services, and then Ender (view spoiler)[finding the last Queen of the Formics they were fighting (hide spoiler)] .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Umstattd Jr.

    This is the 4th version of the story I have experienced. I've read the original Ender's Game (which I still think is the best), Ender's Shadow, the movie and now this Audio Play. This is worth a listen for no other reason that that the format is cool. The format reminds me of Adventures in Odyssey that I used to listen to as a kid. This is the 4th version of the story I have experienced. I've read the original Ender's Game (which I still think is the best), Ender's Shadow, the movie and now this Audio Play. This is worth a listen for no other reason that that the format is cool. The format reminds me of Adventures in Odyssey that I used to listen to as a kid.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Magen

    3.5 stars because the audio production was incredible. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is likely not an ideal way to "read" Ender's Game . There is too much left out of this production and without a narrator, it lacks the critical character growth to make this the powerful novel it is. I definitely recommend this to people who have already read the book and what a fun production, or like me, want a refresher. 3.5 stars because the audio production was incredible. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is likely not an ideal way to "read" Ender's Game . There is too much left out of this production and without a narrator, it lacks the critical character growth to make this the powerful novel it is. I definitely recommend this to people who have already read the book and what a fun production, or like me, want a refresher.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    I very much like this book, but I dislike a lot audioplays.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Reader Reborn

    Highly enjoyable. I've read the book and Ender's Shadow multiple times, but this still felt fresh and exciting. Card doesn't adapt Ender's Game, he rewrites Ender's Game using the same outline but delivering it differently. Voice acting was superb. Wish there were more. Highly enjoyable. I've read the book and Ender's Shadow multiple times, but this still felt fresh and exciting. Card doesn't adapt Ender's Game, he rewrites Ender's Game using the same outline but delivering it differently. Voice acting was superb. Wish there were more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yoann

    Awesome. I mean, there's not much else to say. Awesome. Awesome. I mean, there's not much else to say. Awesome.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ted Wenskus

    Just to be clear, this is a review of this audioplay version only. I've read "Ender's Game" as a novel a few times now, and there's a reason it won just about every major award in the F&SF world -- 5 stars, 'nuff said. But even with a stellar voice cast, this version underwhelmed me. True, the story was necessarily truncated for the format (the whole Hegemon subplot gets only a passing mention here and there, for instance), but for me it was the way the whole thing was produced. A good portion of Just to be clear, this is a review of this audioplay version only. I've read "Ender's Game" as a novel a few times now, and there's a reason it won just about every major award in the F&SF world -- 5 stars, 'nuff said. But even with a stellar voice cast, this version underwhelmed me. True, the story was necessarily truncated for the format (the whole Hegemon subplot gets only a passing mention here and there, for instance), but for me it was the way the whole thing was produced. A good portion of the time, it plays like a multi-cast reading of the book -- just voices with no background ambiance, music ... basically anything that grounds the listener to a sense of place in a scene. Serious white room syndrome. Compare this to the lush production style of the recent Sandman audio productions. Night and day. I also found some of the dialog a bit stilted. This isn't uncommon in stories that were adapted from another medium (whether film or novel), but it shows the value of having someone well-versed in writing for audio-only involved in the scripting. If Orson had just teamed up with someone... Anyway, it could be that my expectations were just too high, given the proliferation of great audio drama that has surged over the past 5 years. If you go into this expecting more of a multi-voice reading of a new version of the classic book with a few SFX thrown in and some linking music here and there, you won't be disappointed. At the end of the day, of course, it's still a good story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Francesca

    If you are put off in the early stages or before you've even started, by an adult cast playing 6-11 year olds, please at least give it a chance. Yes it's really jarring and sounds ridiculous. But once Ender is in battle school they stop mentioning ages so much and you can just enjoy it. I don't understand the decision to cast it that way but actually I thought most of the actors did a fantastic job. Coming in at a much shorter runtime than an actual audiobook of Ender's Game, a lot of the nuance If you are put off in the early stages or before you've even started, by an adult cast playing 6-11 year olds, please at least give it a chance. Yes it's really jarring and sounds ridiculous. But once Ender is in battle school they stop mentioning ages so much and you can just enjoy it. I don't understand the decision to cast it that way but actually I thought most of the actors did a fantastic job. Coming in at a much shorter runtime than an actual audiobook of Ender's Game, a lot of the nuance and depth is sadly lost. I didn't feel quite as involved in the story as I did when reading the paperback. But I think this audio-play is a gift from Mr Card to us fans of the Enderverse. Certain reveals are moved around, things from other books are highlighted, characters who play a bigger role elsewhere are given more significance. This is a homage to the entire series and I really enjoyed that. Highly recommend for people who have read the book but I'm not sure how well you would get on if you started with this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    I got an audible account for my long commute to work and I’ve been digging into their free catalog where I found this. It was not exactly what I thought. There was no narrator so it felt like an old time radio play complete with sound effects. It was entertaining and still conveyed the story but you didn’t get any of the character’s internal monologues. It’s been a long time since I read it but it seemed like they added bits of dialogue here and there to describe scenes. Definitely going on to sp I got an audible account for my long commute to work and I’ve been digging into their free catalog where I found this. It was not exactly what I thought. There was no narrator so it felt like an old time radio play complete with sound effects. It was entertaining and still conveyed the story but you didn’t get any of the character’s internal monologues. It’s been a long time since I read it but it seemed like they added bits of dialogue here and there to describe scenes. Definitely going on to speaker for the dead.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Morgan

    This audio drama was very well made, but I thought it was misleading to call it "unabridged." When I saw that on Amazon, I thought it would be the full book, but in dramatized form. No, they meant it was an unabridged version of the abridged audio drama. Yeah... It was written by Orson Scott Card, and many of the changes to scenes came from other short stories. That being said, some of the additions felt like the extra details that J.K. Rowling and George Lucas are criticized for. In trying to ju This audio drama was very well made, but I thought it was misleading to call it "unabridged." When I saw that on Amazon, I thought it would be the full book, but in dramatized form. No, they meant it was an unabridged version of the abridged audio drama. Yeah... It was written by Orson Scott Card, and many of the changes to scenes came from other short stories. That being said, some of the additions felt like the extra details that J.K. Rowling and George Lucas are criticized for. In trying to justify the ending and the secrecy leading up to it, some things are smoothed over, rather than the sudden reveals in the book. I'm assuming by now most people know how it ends, but if you haven't, don't start with this audio drama. They give too many details that make it easy to guess what is coming. I thought the actors did a great job. Stefan Rudnicki was excellent narrating the original audiobook, so it was fun to hear him fill that role again as Graff. I had heard the men who played Ender's father and the Command School pilot in other audiobooks, but it was a little sad that such good narrators had small parts. Kirby Heyborne was great as Ender, even though he felt very whiney, that was probably on purpose. It was a little weird to have adult actors portraying kids--especially Bonzo's deep voice--but I understand why it was easier to do. Still, it would be cool to have actual kids narrate the story, giving you a real feeling of what it would have been like.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Darlage

    I very much enjoyed this production, although the voice acting left much to be desired. It made a few changes in its adaptation, but nothing that really detracted. I do wish they had hired actual children to voice the kids.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    The dialogue was just SO CRINGEY I could not stand one more second of it. Find other ways of conveying information, no one talks like that... dnf

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Mcbride

    Read the original and Ender’s Shadow first in order to form a more complete picture of what is going on. Then I would say it is a 5 star.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brian Schulz

    This takes what is already an awesome story and turns it into a movie for the ears. This is superbly acted and the story being turned from narrative to audioplay was done to perfection.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I didn’t like how manipulative this story was or the underlying themes of racism, sexism and xenophobia.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brett Leyde

    Adds another dimension, super enjoyable. A couple contradictions from the book but if anything it was enjoyable contrast.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chelle Cameron

    I really enjoyed this cast rendition but, of course, the voices for the children were far too old for their projected ages. I did enjoy hearing a book I loved reading, with so many varied and talented voice actors.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas C Bibee

    I really enjoyed this audio book and the voice selections. It brought a depth to the roles.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jody Ellis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The cast made a huge difference to the enjoyment and engagement of this audio book. Where often male only readers sound whiney and play females poorly, having a full cast eliminated any of the cringe worthy lines that made it hard to know who the heck was talking. The effects were also great. The interludes were fruitless but not awful. The story expanded on the movie Enders Game perfectly. It kept to the story but added so much more. It was so enjoyable that you didn't notice you were sailing t The cast made a huge difference to the enjoyment and engagement of this audio book. Where often male only readers sound whiney and play females poorly, having a full cast eliminated any of the cringe worthy lines that made it hard to know who the heck was talking. The effects were also great. The interludes were fruitless but not awful. The story expanded on the movie Enders Game perfectly. It kept to the story but added so much more. It was so enjoyable that you didn't notice you were sailing through the disks. It was well articulated and wasn't an easy book to write considering the point of view of a child. As a parent, it pulled on my maternal strings and sense of entitlement to choice that clearly the people of the future lacked. Seeing children act and think like adults and the indignation and sheer outrage at them being just pawns for 'the greater good' of a species was insanity at its finest. Enders Game draws on experiences from all walks of life. It kills me that they did not reveal why Bean wasn't human and what his purpose was. Obviously they can create life by force so it makes me curious if perhaps they merged Beans DNA with their famous Ras'. I was disappointed that throughout the story there was so much emphases on learning the enemies habits and minds but right at the end, when the Queen communicated with Ender, we only got scraps. Maybe the full buffet is saved for another text which I will have to hunt down. Absolutely enjoyable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lady Bill

    Full disclosure, I am just now embarking on a re-read of the book to better contrast it with this full cast audio play, so this review may be updated. But, for sure, please do not let this adaptation be your first experience with this book. Read or listen to the novel first. This radio-play style adaption does not work on two fronts. Part of the appeal of Ender as a character is how how heart breaking-ly self aware he is, and you know that because of how closely the narration follows his his inn Full disclosure, I am just now embarking on a re-read of the book to better contrast it with this full cast audio play, so this review may be updated. But, for sure, please do not let this adaptation be your first experience with this book. Read or listen to the novel first. This radio-play style adaption does not work on two fronts. Part of the appeal of Ender as a character is how how heart breaking-ly self aware he is, and you know that because of how closely the narration follows his his inner monologue. When the decision was made to have the whole story take place in dialogue then all of the action had to all be described by third parties. Almost ALL of this dialogue was given to the adult characters. Having so much more air time be devoted to adult analysis of the action scenes, and developing those characters instead of Ender, destroyed the story's backbone. Also Spoiler: (view spoiler)[ These grownups are mostly disembodiment voices in the novel and if you KNOW who is manipulating the kids, and ALL of the why, and how torn they are, blahblahblah it makes it a book about how bad adults feel, but, oh good they saved the world. It makes it their story, Not Ender's. (hide spoiler)] Without having that strong tie to Ender, the book just bottoms out. Audio book note: These were structural problems and not the fault of the voice actors who really did a pretty good job considering that many were asked to play very young children.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jake Crenshaw

    Wish the voices were done by actual children instead of older teens or adults. But there's no denying it was an excellent performance. Excellent pacing. Awesome sci-fi. Wish the voices were done by actual children instead of older teens or adults. But there's no denying it was an excellent performance. Excellent pacing. Awesome sci-fi.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dana J. Moore

    This audio production made me appreciate the novel waaaaaaaay more. I wish I could listen to the entire series like this. I connected with the characters and the plot so much better through this style of telling. I remember reading the book and getting lost and bored through all the battle scenes and behind-the-scenes discussions about Ender. This though made me really visualize. A story told strictly through dialogue makes you focus on what's really important. So I wound up LOVING Ender's Game This audio production made me appreciate the novel waaaaaaaay more. I wish I could listen to the entire series like this. I connected with the characters and the plot so much better through this style of telling. I remember reading the book and getting lost and bored through all the battle scenes and behind-the-scenes discussions about Ender. This though made me really visualize. A story told strictly through dialogue makes you focus on what's really important. So I wound up LOVING Ender's Game Alive when I had found Ender's Game only somewhat entertaining. So if you hated Ender's Game, you might really like this! And if you loved Ender's Game, I imagine you'll really enjoy this adaptation. My husband, a huge Ender's Game fan, raved about it (best birthday present I've ever given him). And it's written by Orson Scott Card, so you know it's faithful to the book. Verdict: give it a shot!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabe

    Best production of an audiobook you'll ever read. Every character has a different voice, and there were even background noises for many parts of the book (guns firing, spaceship taking off, kids laughing in the background.) Production aside, this was an equal rival with the regular Ender's game. Same exact story, but from all different kinds of view. I liked it even better. It showed the genius of Ender even more effectively in my opinion. Also you can listen to it for free if you have amazon prim Best production of an audiobook you'll ever read. Every character has a different voice, and there were even background noises for many parts of the book (guns firing, spaceship taking off, kids laughing in the background.) Production aside, this was an equal rival with the regular Ender's game. Same exact story, but from all different kinds of view. I liked it even better. It showed the genius of Ender even more effectively in my opinion. Also you can listen to it for free if you have amazon prime! Hit channels on your audible account and scroll down to prime exclusives, and this was under the sci-fi tab.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    If I could give this less than one star, I would do it 10 times. This was horrible. It's one of my favorite novels that I've loved since High School and I was really hoping this would be a fun new way to hear the story. But the voices and acting were so atrocious that it felt like 1) it belonged on TV as an after-school special and 2) every actor was thinking "oh man, this could be my big break, I'm gonna act the s**t out of this thing!". The voicework was so over-the-top that I just couldn't ge If I could give this less than one star, I would do it 10 times. This was horrible. It's one of my favorite novels that I've loved since High School and I was really hoping this would be a fun new way to hear the story. But the voices and acting were so atrocious that it felt like 1) it belonged on TV as an after-school special and 2) every actor was thinking "oh man, this could be my big break, I'm gonna act the s**t out of this thing!". The voicework was so over-the-top that I just couldn't get into it and listened all throughout hoping something would click and it never did.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christopher McCready

    This is a chopped up and hacked together version of the original book with half the character depth. The unabridged 'real' version is vastly better. But I liked it a lot. It was a quick listen and enjoyable. If you have never read the real version skip this until you have. After that it's pretty dang good despite having been pruned much more then I would have preferred. With that said I hope they do a version for Speaker For The Dead someday. Maybe take a little less out? The originals are not lo This is a chopped up and hacked together version of the original book with half the character depth. The unabridged 'real' version is vastly better. But I liked it a lot. It was a quick listen and enjoyable. If you have never read the real version skip this until you have. After that it's pretty dang good despite having been pruned much more then I would have preferred. With that said I hope they do a version for Speaker For The Dead someday. Maybe take a little less out? The originals are not long books.

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