I own and have listened to the first four Ender Books (Game through CotM) and only just recently decided to pull the trigger on the Shadow series. I had been reluctant because of course Ender is not really involved in this series. As much as I had liked the battle school kids, they are minor characters in the first series and I was not sure if I wanted to invest 4 credits on them.
Well, I am happy to say that I enjoyed the Shadow Saga almost as much as the original Ender saga. Where the Ender saga is often cerebral, The Shadow saga has much more action and political intrigue. And as always, the full cast of narrators do an excellent job.
To make a long story short, if you liked the first 4 books the next 4 are totally worth it.
As with Ender's Game, I love this book but cannot stand the female reader who reads part of the book. She's way too melodramatic and heartfelt, eking her heart out with every phrase whether it's appropriate or not.
Otherwise, this is great. I actually enjoyed it more than Ender's Game though I suppose if I hadn't listened to Ender's Game first that might not be the case. I was concerned about listening to this when I read what the basic concept was, thinking I didn't really want to listen to a ton of overlap. But this is its own story and well fleshed out. And Bean is a very likeable character.
Well worth listening to.
A good follow up to the first book, Ender's game it raises the debate as to who exactly is smarter, Ender or Bean? That's something you'll have to decide for yourself. The book has the same feel to it that Ender's Game did so it slips onto your book shelf very easilly, especially if you've just finished the first one.
I rented this book on my son's recommendation. He told me it was one of the books in his top ten list. I enjoyed this book and the narrators immensely. The story held me captive through out. I usually listen to audio books when I am walking or on the treadmill. I found myself listening to this book any chance I could.
When I was told by a number of friends that I should have read "Ender's Game" by this point in my life, I was also told I should then read "Ender's Shadow". If you liked "Ender's Game", you will like this book. If you haven't read Ender's Game, I recommend you read that before this book. I was thoroughly entertained. 5 entertaimos.
At first I thought, oh, a rewriting of Ender's Game, just through the eyes of another character. Hm. But it is so much more than that. The characters crackle with life, most especially Bean, the young child whose story is being told. This book stands on its own, and like Ender's Game, is page-turning reading, or, in this case, can't-turn-it-off listening! The use of more than one reader was especially fun. Highly recommended! This from a grown adult :)
I experiment with authors unknown to me all the time and I listen to a lot of fiction but I dont give praise easily. This book was the exception. On par with some of the best fiction (SiFi or otherwise) that I have ever read. Maybe a little better than "Enders Game" the only people I can imagine that wont like this book are those dull wited individuals like the ones in the book its self (you'll know what I mean) you should, however, read "Enders Game" first.
Ender's Shadow (ES) rates up there with Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead as one of my all-time favourite sci-fi books.
ES is the first audible book I've purchased. It took about 2minutes to get used to listening to it, rather than reading it. The experience was so relaxing, and the quality of reading and characterisations so good that audible will now be my first purchasing choice. I read a lot, so suffer eyestrain & constantly tearing eyes when reading. Audible solves all that. I just lie on my bed, close my eyes & listen. Bliss.
Be sure that you have read Enders's Game before you read this. This book was delicious. I enjoyed every minute of it. Must read.
Brick is usually a great narrator, but falls a little flat here. If you are interested in this title Christopher Hurt's voices gives more life to the characters, and an edge that makes the the individuals and their nature live in your mind. Brick on the other hand has the same emotional depth no matter whom is speaking. Brick's very dramatic slow style doesn't really seem to totaly relate to the content. You will enjoy this reading, as brick holds your attention, however here is another version you will enjoy more.