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Copyright ©1999 by Orson Scott Card; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
I won't rehash what's been said about the book itself already; if you liked Ender's Game, you MUST read Ender's Shadow. And I do mean read, not listen. This was the first audiobook I ever stopped listening to halfway through because it was so aggravating.
First off, the narrator seems to be whispering most of the time, and turning up the volume might cause your speakers to blow or eardrums to bleed when he does speak loudly. Also featured in the production is a fellow with such a deep voice he puts James Earl Jones to shame. I believe he narrated Ender's Game as well, and I didn't like him then either.
Secondly, having read the actual book before, I can say without any doubt that this abridged version is a real hatchet job. Authors normally abridge their own works, so I can't imagine why Card would cut out so many key scenes of his story. Without giving anything away, gone is Bean living with Sister Carlotta, gone is Bean's first meeting with Petra, gone is the whole initial exploration of the air vent along with the explanation as to why Bean is doing unusual excercises...
It was at this point that I gave up out of sheer frustration. Read the book!
An amazing story from another pair of eyes from a child, Enders Shadow is an intriguing and very touching story of a boy named Bean, with cunning and wits was able to survive the streets and evidently meeting up with Ender in command school and helping defeat the Buggers. If you read/listened to Ender's Game then this is a must and the ending will overwhelm you this is one of the best in SiFI
I've actually read this book before. It is an awesome book and the audio is okay but the abridgement cuts out segments about some subjects while leaving them in later. Certain sections of the bookmake no sense because they randomly drop parts of conversations between people or events but not the thought process afterwards.
the listen is still pretty good. The book itself is great
Ender's Shadow is a nice companion book to Ender's Game. If after reading Ender's Game you hunger for more of the same "like I did" Ender's Shadow will do. Although, I was disappointed that it wasn't unabridge, I felt the need to go out and buy the book to fill in the obvious gaps. The next book in the Shadow series is Shadow of the Hedgemon, and It is excellent! The weakest and latest book in the series is Shadow Puppet, But you get so attached to the characters that you just have to buy it. I suggest reading the shadow series before buying Speaker for the Dead, if you have a hard time with Ender's character aging significantly by the time Speaker for the Dead takes place. The Enderverse book also helps to bridge the age gap.
If you have listened to the other Ender books then you might find this one a little disappointing. The story is fine and the narration is good, but you can tell that this book is abridged.
While the style is like Card's other Ender books, this one seems rushed and does not flow like the others.
While I love Orson Scott Card's books, this production, which was recorded in the highest compression--lowest quality audio, is painful to listen to even if the story fills in many gaps that the other Ender series don't. The sound is tinny at best--like listening to it through a cheap phone. Nonetheless, this will set you up for Shadow of the Hedgemon, which was a terrific book that I listened to out of order because I didn't know that this Shadow book existed.
Until they come out with a version that is unabridged and recorded in higher fidelity, or you want to read the book, this may be the best you can get. I've not completed my listening, but wanted to warn others about the audio quality and not the story itself.
Great storytelling - and character development. Read/listen to Ender's Game first.
This is a brilliant character. One would never have imagined such complex workings happening behind the scenes in Ender's game. One wants to know Bean more and more and more.
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I don't agree with some of the reviews saying this was a terrible audio book. If you don't intend to read the books, and just listen to them, as I do, there is nothing wrong with this book. I enjoyed just as thoroughly as I did Ender's Game. Of course I'd love the unabridged version of any book, but this was a great story--it was very fun learning about Bean's story and a good prelude to the next book. I also had no problems hearing the recording.
As I very much enjoyed Ender's Game (even thought it wasn't the type of book I normally pick), I was disappointed in this 2nd book. By itself, it is probably a pretty good book, which is why I rated it as high as a 3. But I found listening to it soon after finishing Ender's Game pretty boring. Save your money. Though I still have about an hour left until the end, alot of the book is near identical to Ender's game from just a bit of a different viewpoint. While some people have complained that it is TOO abridged ... I feel like only the 1st hour (maybe 2) and last is worth calling a new book.
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