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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©1999 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"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)
This edition of the story really stands out. It's multi-cast presentation brings the characters to life in unique ways. But it truly excels in conjunction with the Audio Renaissance edition of Ender's Game, which uses the same voice actor's in the same parts. Listening to these two back-to-back demonstrates the depth of the Enderverse and has me wanting to read the entire series. Specifically it fills out more of the geo-political situation on the future Earth, which was one of the things that fascinated me about Ender's Game, and which inspires me to continue reading about Bean in the Shadow books before picking up Ender's tale in "Speaker for the Dead" and others.
Artist and educator in Ohio....
I read the digital version of Ender's Game, and wondered if there was more... glad to have found this wonderful addition to the universe of the Formic wars... and I am looking forward to listening/reading more soon!!!
The narrators were excellent (well, not a fan of the female... but that's just a personal opinion... her voice reminds me of a radio reporter on a show I listen to, just grates at me.. )
At any rate, top notch and lengthy... worth it for fans of Ender's Game.
Kept me listening
Loved having different narrators for different point of views.
Enjoyed seeing enders game from the outside.
Right before the end game the book decides to repeat a prior chapter. At first thought Bean was flashing back but no such luck. From an Author that cares so much about how his books are portrayed its a pretty big miss....
If you only read two of Orson Scott Card's books, this and Ender's Game two would be the ones I recommend. In some ways, the main character (Bean) is more real, and more interesting than Ender. His story is one that prays on our human nature to root for the underdog. This book brings a huge amount of depth to the Bugger war story, and it was a riveting listen. I'd recommend it to anyone, so long as they read Ender's Game first.
Nursing Professor at Weber State University Love playing golf and long walks. Love action thrillers from Jim Butcher to Lee Childs.
A great series, listened to the entire Enders Game series in 5 days. Finished this book 2 days ago and made one of my in laws gift me a credit for the next one.
Loved the book, excellent tie-in to Ender's Game. I like that the same performers are consistent through the Ender series and Shadow series. Slight hiccup near the end of the audiobook, however. The last chapter begins with a repeat of the last 20 minutes or so of the previous one. Had to skip forward to avoid having to re-listen to the same thing, right at the climax of the story. It takes you out of the moment. Other than that, great work to the author and actors.
Learning the truth behind Bean's origin.
Bean, of course
This is a fantastic piece of literature. While I didn't find it as enlightening as Ender's Game, Card has a way of crafting an incredible story-within-a-story in the world of Ender's Game from Bean's perspective. The whole series is fantastic, and is worth picking up, but this one in particular was my favorite. I love how Bean is able to verbally bully teachers into giving him what he wants, and how his brilliant mind solves problems before he even knows they are there. Great read!
I have not read the print version but would find it hard to believe there would be anything to gain from it. The narration is superb.
Bean is easily my favorite character. He is brilliant beyond what his contemporaries or even the adults over him can even begin to understand and while offering no false modesty he is not vain. Just when you start to think that this makes him cold and mechanical he shows just enough emotion to give you a small glimpse into his soul.
The narrators did an outstanding job of portraying the emotion or lack of emotion present in a scene. The multiple narrators gave a good feel to the books allowing you to quickly distinquish between age and gender. At no point did you not understand who was speaking or what they were feeling.
Yes. It was extremely difficult to pause the book or even to divide my attention between it and daily activities.
Orson Scott Card continues his examination of personal exceptionalism, leadership, loyalty and self-sacrifice through a compelling story that shadows "Ender's Game" with such depth and mastery that you will not want to put it down and will run to get the next installment.
The unfolding of Bean's character within the framework established by "Ender's Game" fits remarkable well and adds an interesting dimensionality to it.
The reader's are uniformly excellent and embody their parts wonderfully with perfect pacing.
All a listener can ask for is more.
Not better, but its a great presentation of a book.
Even though this is Bean's book, I still can help but feel that Ender is still my favorite character.
The variety of the voices and the use of them with the different characters was good.
It's a great book. I definitely find myself laughing at times...looking at the world from the perspective of a super-genious, it definitely makes you crack up at times.
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