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Ender's Shadow Audiobook

Ender's Shadow

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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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    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 10-01-14
    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 10-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "excellently performed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure if I enjoyed this any more or less than Ender's Game. It's a very different book. More social. More focused on the group than on a single person.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Orson Scott Card says himself, in an interview included with this recording, that this was the way he meant the story to be experienced. The voice actors bring life to the characters but still allow your imagination to run wild. They also don't have to try to condense everything into a two hour movie.


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    Shahab Sabetnejad Oslo 07-16-14
    Shahab Sabetnejad Oslo 07-16-14

    Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books

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    "A protagonist you'll love"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick does an excellent job as a narrator, but the story by Orson Scott Card is absolutely amazing. If you've read Enders Game or seen the movie, you'll love this book even more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bean is an excellent protagonist. It's just pure fun reading about him being several steps in front of all the others, and how he (often very subtly) controls and manipulates everyone around him. The kid is practically a robot, but Orson Scott Card manages to portray his feelings in such a way that you end up really loving the kid, and when he succeeds, you feel like you have too.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The audio cast of this book was not stunning, it was good. I enjoyed the voices of Colonel Graff and Bean, but the voices of the other characters were not special enough to be any noticeable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No spoilers, but the tension in that final battle, and Beans ending was incredible.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read or seen enders game, I definitely recommend this book!

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    Erin Conley, Georgia, United States 07-08-14
    Erin Conley, Georgia, United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "It is a MUST read after Ender's Game!!"
    Where does Ender's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought Ender's Game was awesome, but Ender's Shadow is equally as good.


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

    Ender's Game, of course. Parts of Ender's Game are referenced in this story, when the timelines converge, like getting a alternate view of the same events, giving more insight.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    BEAN!


    Any additional comments?

    Once you hear EG you HAVE to go on to Ender's Shadow. Matter of fact, I had to go back to re-listen to Ender's Game, up to a point, while I was in the middle of Ender's Shadow. Card synced the stories so well.

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    Amazon Customer 07-01-14 Member Since 2011

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    "The narrator are awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    This is the fifth Card book I've listened to. The narrators have basically been the same for all five. They really add to the experience. I've also read a few of his books and I didn't enjoy them as much. They were good, just not as good. I have over 300 audio books in my library and I've enjoyed most of them. I can honestly say, however, that no other narrator(s) has brought as much of the team that reads the Card books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Shadow?

    The end was highly emotional.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of the narrators were assume.


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    Amazon Customer California 06-30-14
    Amazon Customer California 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Bean, from Rotterdam to the stars"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Shadow to be better than the print version?

    Actually yes, this book wouldn't lend itself to a solo reader and fortunately it didn't. With a full cast including the author how can can you miss? It's very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beans humanity inspite of his difficulties


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Simply that it was a full cast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this more then Enders Game.

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    Ken 05-30-14
    Ken 05-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb companion novel! More Ender! More Fun! :-)"
    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    I would indeed. I have listened to Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow multiple times. in addition to the Earth Unaware prequel trilogy, these are the only Ender's Game stories I have really liked.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Achilles, an interesting and creepy antagonist.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy all these guys immensely, Scott, Gabrielle, Stefan, the whole team, all great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I suppose so, loved the story, loved seeing much of Ender's Game from another perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Ender's Game, you will want Ender's Shadow. An amazing companion novel, that works to expand on the stories and characters of Ender's Game perfectly. I so much enjoyed learning more about Bean, and his perilous plight. Now as far as the Ender/Bean novels, these were really the only two I wanted to relisten to. I couldn't get into the Ender in exile branch-off, and the subsiquent stories after Ender's Shadow that follow the other students from battle school just are not anywhere as good as these two. Now I have enjoyed the Earth Unaware prequel stories, but they are not really Ender-related per say, merely a story of the events years before Ender was born.Overall, a must have for any Ender fan. Bean is facinating, and so much fun to root for!

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    Jeannette Beauvais 05-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    This was one of my favorite books to actually read, so I had hoped to share it with my daughter during a long drive together. We had enjoyed the Ender's Game Alive version previously so this was a natural next pick. Neither one of us could get into it. It was just rather monotone and difficult to tell which characters were speaking.

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    Kristoffer 04-23-14
    Kristoffer 04-23-14
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    "Good story but seems a bit forced..."
    Where does Ender's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its good entertainment if you liked Enders Game.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The amount of detail and dept seems greater in Enders Game, giving it a bit of sequel flavor...


    Any additional comments?

    Do not read this without reading Enders Game. Without that as context there are to many loose ends...

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    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 03-05-14
    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

    71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).

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    "A Series That Complements the Ender Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Shadow to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print versions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ender's Shadow?

    The most memorable moment in this book was when Bean came into his own by giving Ender the strength he needed to finish the battle. The war against the buggers could not have been won without Bean. He was the real organizer or the troops, the mind behind the strategy and, in the end, the one who gave Ender exactly the words he needed to finish the battle. I really love Ender, but, in this battle, he would have been nothing without Bean there to support him.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    No question, my favorable character was Bean. I really liked his development from the streets through Battle School to the battle itself. It became obvious that he would play an enormous role in Earth's (and Ender's) success against the buggers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were so many extreme reactions that I could not list just one.


    Any additional comments?

    I was concerned that after listening to the Ender series, it might be hard to go back in time and view it from Bean's perspective. It was not difficult at all. In fact, my knowledge of Ender greatly facilitated my understanding of events in Bean's series. It was obvious that the author succeeded in keeping a "true" story line with very few contradictions between the two series. They really flow together. Personally, I am now moving through every book of every series and love all of them, even though I am a 70-year old grandmother. This year, I am giving several of the books to my grandchildren who are all avid readers and I know will enjoy these series.

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    William Arlington, TX, United States 02-17-14
    William Arlington, TX, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I knew too much from reading Enders Game for this"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, nice addition to Enders Game


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No surprise


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure there was a standout


    Did Ender's Shadow inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I like the author

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