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Ender's Shadow | [Orson Scott Card]

Ender's Shadow

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The human race is at war with the "Buggers", an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth, they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"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)

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    Federico Carano, Italy 12-11-12
    Federico Carano, Italy 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    Performance was great, this team really makes the story come to life!
    If you already read (and liked) Ender's game, you will love this book. Probably more than Ender's game itself. It adds so much to the story.

    I urge you to read this after Ender's Game, and not before!

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    N. 12-06-12
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    "Great book!"
    What did you love best about Ender's Shadow?

    I listened to Ender's Game first and then this book. It was great listening to them back to back so you can see (hear) the story from both sides.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the story being told from the perspective of Bean in a first person narrative. It lets you know the thoughts behind the characters, not just their actions.


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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 11-22-12
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Breathtaking!"

    Were it possible, Ender's Shadow is more than just a "shadow" of Ender's Game, it is the much deeper story in my opinion. Seeing Ender through Bean is genius and worked so well, that I feel it's an improvement on Ender's Game. Wow, what a book, what a series! More!

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    Scott 11-11-12
    Scott 11-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "orscon scott card keeps me reading"
    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    In the 1980's he invented political active user groups with locke and demonstenes. In the 1980's social media did not exist. There were old email news groups but they were in their infancy, something students did for fun. Orson used a potential future to make his own stories more real.

    I ender's Shadow orson makes me believe I understand what it is like for a 6 year old orphan living alone on the streets. I do not know where he got his compasion and understanding to write from this perspective. I picked up the book to read about battle school but left needing to know more about relief agencies.



    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't be a fart eater


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    Jeannie 11-05-12
    Jeannie 11-05-12
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    "Great Book!"

    What a great book! After finishing Xenocide I wasn't sure I could handle another Ender book. Instead of letting the reader find the lessons and truths within the text I felt like I was back in college listening to a lit professor. While Ender's Shadow does go off on political tangents, there's at least enough action and interesting character development to keep me entertained.

    It's a great follow-up to Ender's Game. This book would not be appropriate for younger children however.

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    Brad 10-30-12
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you love best about Ender's Shadow?

    I loved this book and the narration was the icing on the cake. Not only is it brilliantly written, but the narrators' exciting voice acting kept me hooked the entire time.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The variance in narrators kept me from growing bored of a single voice actor.


    Any additional comments?

    My first audiobook and certainly not my last.

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    Margaret Toronto, ON, Canada 10-26-12
    Margaret Toronto, ON, Canada 10-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you enjoyed Ender's Game, you will enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    My 11 year old daughter and I loved this book. We really enjoyed Ender's Game, and we were surprised by how much we enjoyed hearing the events of Ender's Game from Bean's perspective.

    Narration was very good - except maybe the Achille character small section.

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    Trillian 10-12-12
    Trillian 10-12-12 Member Since 2015

    I should have said it resembles tea.

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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    Possibly - but I'd probably listen to Ender's Game again first.


    Any additional comments?

    I only recently learned of this series, and read this book immediately after finishing Ender's Game based on comments here. I'm glad I did - and I may have to go back and re-listen to Ender's Game now. This book adds a lot of depth to the other characters learned in Ender's Game, and feels more like the beginning of a series rather than a stand alone novel. It takes a bit of time to get into, but just knowing where the character of Bean is going (having already read Ender's Game), was more than enought to stay interested.

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    ElijahDan Boston Ma 09-17-12
    ElijahDan Boston Ma 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "OSC is Great!,From Enders Shadow to all Else!"
    What did you love best about Ender's Shadow?

    Everything!


    What other book might you compare Ender's Shadow to and why?

    All of the Enders Series! ( & all of Orson Scott Card,OSC)books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One right after another,who can have a favorite?.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Life Remembering Film!.


    Any additional comments?

    After using my "credit" on this book,I also continued to purchase further books in the series so I could continue the series without the wait.

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    Carl AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-07-12
    Carl AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "redo the chapters"
    What did you love best about Ender's Shadow?

    Chapters are defined by the original CDs. So each one is over an hour long. This makes finding your place very hard. The chapters don't match up with the actual book chapters. They need to redo the chapter breaks to align with the book chapters. Don't be lazy Audible.


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