I came back to this series after a four-year break, and I'm glad I did. Not overwhelmingly brilliant like a couple of the books have been, but it was solid -- and left more to tell.
A man. A plan. A canal. Panama
The story is fun, a great continuation of the Ender saga. Unfortunately, there are something like 84 narrarators (okay, only 5 or 6). The story jumps clumsly between them. Everything is told third person, but different chapters have different narrators without any rhyme or reason.
I'm 52 and enjoy sifi, history, funny romance, fantasy type books. I give my views as to how a book is based on my emotions.
.. I have Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, and now Shadow of the Giant. It would be GREAT to know in what order these should be heard/read but there is none given in any description.
I love all 3, but am I missing one between Shadow of the Hedemon and Shadow of the Giant?
I know Ender's Game is pretty much the same as Ender's Shadow, just told by Bean instead, but what's next in the series??
The cast of characters in the Bean saga starts to get a little tired in this one. It's entertaining but my least favorite of this series. Card leaves room for another one after this so I hope he takes a fresh approach to it. He's an amazingly talented writer but the ideas in this installment are worn out.
I finished listening just a few hours ago and I enjoyed every moment spent with these characters. I cried for Petra and her life, I was amazed at how the characters were drawn so real and with faults and understandings and everything. I truly hope that we get at least one more book...perhaps one that focuses on Bean's amazing children? And what happened to Randi and her son "Achille's child"? Where did she go? I am dying to know. It's all tied up...but...not quite. :) Excellently done.
This book is possibly one of the best book in the series... The book starts out with Bean and Petra, then goes on to complement how the Hedgemon got his office and his place in history.
The book i think is a real Door-opener since it opens up a whole new rush of possibilities and really provides a further extension in the series. Hopefully Scott Card can supply many more before he retires.
The naration is great. But the story doesn't have the same quality as some earlier books. It got better as it went on though.
Orson Scott Card is firmly one of the 10 greatest Sci-FI authors that has ever lived and everyone of the Ender series books are just masterpieces worth being read and in this case listened too repeatedly.
If you are looking for a great audio books to listen too this should be in your top 15 for Sci-Fi. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Ender's universe you have my sympathies for your loss and jealously as you get to experience it unfold for the first time. ENJOY!!!!
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
Unlike some who reviewed here, I followed the entire Ender story first and then backed up and started the Bean saga. But I'm finding the author's political views are starting to creep into his writing here. His promoting an anti-birth control logic that no doubt echos the writer's religous past, may put some readers off, but it's a minor part of the story. The rest of the book is not very sci fi outside of it being in the future with different governments. But it's a very good escape, none the less, into Ender's Universe with characters you can sympathise with.