The story is ecxellent, as usual with books from Orson Scott Card. It talks about political issues and military strategy, but all very interesting. It's almost as good as Ender's Game. The read is not bad too.
Highly recommended, but only if you have already read (or heard) Ender's Shadow, because some of the characters from this book are from that story.
I usually hate "Companion Series" books, they usually seem to decline in entertainment value after the original book (Enders Game, in this case), especially when the original book seems to neatly end with no loose ends to warrant another book.
The Ender series is MUCH different, the "follow-up" books just keep getting better... The characters are well fleshed out (sometimes it seems a little too much time is wasted fleshing out a character, but it ends up being just the right amount of information you needed to know to keep up with the character's motivations further along in the book, or series).
If you liked Ender's Game, then the follow-up books are a "Must have", even if you think "How could they be better than the original"?
The unabridged versions are a bit long winded at times, but you get details that you NEED to have to keep up with the complex stories being woven.
Card says, "hearing" the books are the way he wanted them presented, and having several narrators in each book makes the audio books MUCH better.
Simplistic, and not as believable as enders game/speaker of the dead/enders shadow. One is hard put to believe the ineptness of the adult leaders of the world in the face of these children...and the sudden and inexplicable rise(s)? of Achilles. The character of Bean, previously more rounded and open to identification, becomes flattened into a guilt stricken mercinary(?!)determined to use the resources of waring nations to further his own aimes. With lines such as 'I prefer to think of myself as a general between armies.' His allegence to Peter as the only alternative to Achilles, is equally unbelievable - a genius would see only two alternatives? Petra makes war plans for Achilles without building in weaknesses because she thinks the war will never come to be? I ended up giving up and going to the last CD. Card is a brilliant writer, who, drunk with or pressured by the successes of game/speaker, may have carried on past the point of personal growth and enjoyment in his writing of this series.
I really like Orson Scott Card. All of the books are really well written. I thought this one was more dramatic than others. I certainly recommend listening to Enders Game before listening to this one. Based on Enders Game, I expected Peter to be a little bit more vicious than he was, but overall, very entertaining. Very political.
I've decided that I like one narrator for a book. This switching off doesn't impress me. A good narrator can carry the whole book. I don't need a female to read female parts. I don't need a male to read male parts. A good narrator can change their tone and be male or female.
I loved Enders Game. I was so glad I could continue the series. It was nice to get a different view of Peter.
Shadow of the Giant was really good too. I loved the depth we get of all the characters.
It was a good solid story. I enjoy Orson Scott Card a lot. I think Shadow of the Giant was my next favorite after Enders Game.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
The overall Story keeps me wanting to know what's next, I can almost immerse myself into this fictional view of what is a believable possible future for or planet!
All the usual suspects!
This is where my only issue comes into play, throughout the book it's as if the reader maybe pronounced Hegemon incorrectly and the did a cheap cut and paste of another voice to say it correctly and it sounds horrible almost Comical really! Made it hard to listen to and really sink into because those cut and paste audio issues become like a smack in the forehead after the first few times! And it must happen a good 20/30 tea throughout maybe more!
No it's not a emotional book
Fire whoever is responsible for those audio issues because it completely ruins the listening experence!
Captivating, Brilliant, eloquent
Sister Carlotta, She had a sense of herself and reality throughout her journey through the story that never wavered. She was a rock for Bean and definately one of if not the major shapers of his development. A powerful character
Sister Carlotta's post mortum letter to Bean
A wrothy addition to the Ender's Game world
The story was on par with a number of Orson's other novels and the multi-part voice acting was done very well.
You won't be disappointed by the story or voice acting. You will be saddened by the sound quality, and absolutely appalled at the transition music. But wait, there's more: sound edits that sound...words fail me here...picture buying a book, finding words and phrases--such as "hegemon"--blackened out, and the proper text inserted at the bottom of the page on a pink sticky note. And who is the blasted fool that thought two people carrying on a conversation would sound better if one, only one, sounded as if he were speaking out of a well? Amazon--keep this book available, but you, Mr. Card, his agent, the voice actors, the original producers all deserve better post-post production. So do we. People, buy it anyway, but get indignant.