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)
What would have made Ender's Shadow better? If it had never existed -- this book trashes the original story in ludicrous and pathetic ways. Card just wanted to make another buck off his main milk cow. This is Star Wars Episode 1 all over again. Pathetic.
I'll spoil it for you because you're better off not suffering it: It turns out we were wrong all these years to place our hopes in Ender, because he is actually an over-hyped cry-baby fraud (as well as an ignoramus, apparently), whereas Bean is a genetically enhanced super-human genius (ala Spy Kids or something) who is performing acts of genius and violence from age 2 (ugh, so inane it hurts to even talk about it). Super-Bean manipulates Ender and everyone else from behind the scenes without anyone ever knowing (including the author and the reader, in the original book).
Utterly grotesque revisionism, as if some hack rewrote MacBeth to demonstrate that aliens descended from space to frame King and Lady MacBeth. Sadly, the hack in this case is the author hosing down his original work with the septic line of a toilet truck.
Recommended only if you are amused by trash done poorly: Since there is absolutely nothing in the original text to substantiate Card's new history, he undergoes innumerable tortuous contortions to infest the original story from the inside out. Darkly comic, but in a way that hurts bad.
This book is a cancer that has metastasized uncontrollably. I wish to god he could unwrite this whole splinter series. It is pure garbage.
Scott Brick is possibly the worst professional narrator working today. He is a ceaseless font of grating melodrama, with zero capacity for restraint, nuance, or subtlety. His voice quavers incessantly as though he is perpetually on the verge of either sobs or hysteria. The aural equivalent of a text written entirely in boldfaced italics with every sentence ending in 3+ exclamation marks, and then all of it highlighted in yellow. The definition of a ham. A disgrace to true voice actors.
It disgusts me to see him as a narrator on any book (even one as horrible as this book).
Fury, disgust, loathing, contempt, despair, aggravation, betrayal. Also loathing and contempt.
Ender's Game was a masterwork of sensitivity and imagination. Ender's Shadow is a stupid "What if??" that never should have been. This book is as insipid, as tedious, and as pointless as a late-night conversation with a stoned teenager about whether reality might just be a dream in the mind of an evil demon -- "And what if the demon wakes up, man???"
In terms of art and quality, Scott Brick is perhaps a kindred spirit for this rubbish, but it still eats at me like a rash to encounter him anywhere. That soap-opera ham should not be allowed in front of a microphone.
In summary, what we have is shallow, vapid, hackneyed, craven, venal -- all words to describe... you name it. This book, this author, this narrator.
For the love of god, avoid this sh*t-show at all costs.
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!!!!
Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)
This book is written such that you DO NOT have to read Ender's Game first, which was a very interested twist.
I would still suggest Ender's Game first, however.
After being disappointed with the Speaker of the Dead trilogy, this book was a refreshing and pleasant surprise.
If you can suspend disbelief and buy into brilliant 6-12 year olds battling a threatening alien species on behalf of all of earth (and I did), this is and Ender's Game are must reads!
i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.
if you liked enders game then this is a must have.
this is enders game but with bean as the main part of the story.
witch will end up in the movie.
so if you liked enders game then you will like this.
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