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Ender's Shadow Audiobook
Ender's Shadow
Written by: 
Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
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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    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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    Ivan 02-15-14
    Ivan 02-15-14
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    "great voice acting !"
    Where does Ender's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enders game and Ender's shadow go hand in hand.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great seeing another side of Ender.

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    GrayWinst Carnation, WA 01-28-14
    GrayWinst Carnation, WA 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    A father of seven and a lover of books.

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    "Isn't this the same story??? No way!"

    I struggled with the idea of listening to a story that parallels Ender's Game. Wouldn't that make this inferior by design? No is the honest answer. This book stands alone and perfectly compliments a book I love (Ender's Game). You get new insights into Bean, and also into Ender and others. You can now see Ender as others do (which is awesome) and you have a deep understanding of how Bean perceives the world around him and handles challenges.

    All in all, I'm super thrilled by this book and look forward to the series of books that follow.

    Go Bean, and Go Ender!!!

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    Paul Stein 01-13-14
    Paul Stein 01-13-14
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    "Reduces Ender"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listing to this story I felt that Ender could not have won the battle without Bean. Bean was smarter and and faster then Ender.


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    Sarah C. 01-10-14
    Sarah C. 01-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story, Odd recording elements"
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    Ender's Shadow is one of my favorite books, and the audio books are overall excellent so far. In this recording, however, there are some jarring elements that tended to boost me out of the story. Not deal-breakers, but if there was a different recording version I would definitely want to exchange.

    In several places in the reading, the word Hegemon, hegemony, etc are cut in with an alternate voice. Perhaps the original narrators had a pronunciation issue? Also there are some unexpected and inexplicable changes in narrator.

    Also there's a personally unpleasant music interlude between sections, which are odd, dissonant in some cases, and sound like old old video game music - I think it might be "midi" if anyone remembers that.

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    Jacks Murrieta, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Jacks Murrieta, CA, United States 01-06-14

    I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.

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    "In my opinion better then Ender's Game"
    What did you love best about Ender's Shadow?

    I really enjoyed how Bean started from the bottom and... If you were let down by Speaker for the Dead or the follow ups then you must listen to this. It's another viewpoint form Ender's Game. My favorite OSC book!


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    Ashley 01-04-14
    Ashley 01-04-14
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    "Good book... Fills in some of the story"
    Any additional comments?

    Good book, But listen to Enders Game first. (Don't bother with the rest of the Enders game books but the Enders Shadow books are pretty good)I like the fulfilling aspect of the story and how it fills in the gaps of Enders Game.

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    Kevin United States 12-11-13
    Kevin United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great follow up to the initial Ender's Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    How it intertwined with the original story, but added depth and perspective to everything else that was happening before and during Ender's Game.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bean, of course. He's like everyone of us - smart, and confident, but doubtful.


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

    Carlotta


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

    yes, it was compelling


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