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)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Don't be a fart eater
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.
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.
The variance in narrators kept me from growing bored of a single voice actor.
My first audiobook and certainly not my last.
Yes, if you enjoyed Ender's Game, you will enjoy it.
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.
I should have said it resembles tea.
Possibly - but I'd probably listen to Ender's Game again first.
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.
All of the Enders Series! ( & all of Orson Scott Card,OSC)books.
One right after another,who can have a favorite?.
A Life Remembering Film!.
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.
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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