Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender.
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"An exceptional work." (School Library Journal)
"An absorbing, near-flawless performance." (Kirkus)
"As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic, yet hopeful, wondrous and strange." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
Outstanding book; extremely well read in a very unique style. The story is spellbinding with a wonderful blend of science fiction, psychology, fantasy, and great entertainment. It is the first book I have ever read in two days...could not put it down. Congrats to Mr. Card and his superb cast of readers. Scott Brick, one of my favorites, does an outstanding job of reading Bean. Enjoy!!!
I realy did enjoy this one, if done right would make a great film, agree with the author don't let the producer dictate the script. kept me wanting more, I also liked the story readers, well blanced and made it a good listen.
get this one, I think you'll like it
I really enjoyed Enders Game and right after I finished I bought Enders Shadow. First, I got a bit tired of the repetition of the scenes but most importantly: the main character Bean is just not as believable as Ender is. There are some good moments in the book however, but I'll recommend just sticking to Enders Game.
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