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This is an interesting change from the typical way a story is told, with a narrator describing what is going on and also performing the character dialogue.
In this version, it is entirely dialogue. There is no narration whatsoever. To support this, the story has been adapted slightly so that events that were described in the book from a narrator's point of view are written in as dialogue when possible, or described after the fact in a conversation.
Surprisingly, this doesn't negatively affect the impact of the scenes where these things are happening. I found the dialogue-based version of events to be even more evocative. There is a lot more dialogue with Col. Graff and his fellow battle school administrators, and they do much more exploration of Ender's motives, thoughts, and actions.
As someone who has previously read Ender's Game as a novel, I get the sense that this version of the story might be harder to follow for someone who is experiencing it for the first time. However, I find the cast performance adds more than it takes away. It is easier to feel empathy for Ender and the other characters in this version.
Overall, I found that as a prior reader of the novel, this was a completely new way to enjoy the story, and definitely worth the listen.
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BULLIES AND TODDIES
My favorite book is Ender's Game and my favorite recording is Ender's Game Alive. Even though all tastes differ, Ender's Game, is the only book I have recommended time after time and in which everyone thanks me for later. The story is universally loved by everyone. This recording is even better then the book in my opinion. There are still the Bullies and Toadies and surprises and tense atmosphere and intelligent Ender, but in this Graff comes out as a character even more then the book. The strategy behind what Graf did and why he did it is plainer and much more part of the story. Is it possible Card might write a prequel starring Graf? Something to consider. Buy and read the book, buy and listen to the recording of the book, buy and listen to this play. Do it in what ever order you like, it really does not make a difference. Each format compliments the other.
I also love the whole idea of this full cast performance and I hope we see more books done this way. ( Speaker For the Dead, Seventh Son, Treasure Box, etc...) I am betting Rudnicki was a big force behind this production. Thanks, Thanks , Thanks
OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN AT FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE
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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!
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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!
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