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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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    james Hartselle, AL, United States 08-15-05
    james Hartselle, AL, United States 08-15-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your time with the abridgement."

    The abridged audio of this title is absolutely awful, but for years it was inexplicably the only audio version available. Why anyone thought Michael Gross would be a good narrator for this title is beyond me.

    I've had the release date for the GOOD (i.e. UNabridged) audio version on my calendar for months and now it's FINALLY here. Unabridged, full cast, hopefully as good as the full cast audio versions of the rest of this series. I don't know why they waited to do a correct version of the first "Shadow" title LAST, but I'm relieved they finally did.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marco 11-03-15
    Marco 11-03-15 Member Since 2016

    Military vet (USMC), gamer, recent MBA grad, father of twin girls, and probably the awesome-est person in the world.

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    "Orson Scott Strikes Again"

    I only read Ender's game and not any other in the series and was recommended to this one. It reads as a stand alone but I highly recommend Ender's game before this because it compliments it so well. This book brings understanding to a lot of things left in mystery In Ender's game. I cannot really say which book I enjoyed more but I can say that I will always remember both. The narrating staff also deserves just as much credit as their performance was brilliant. I recommend these books.... Like, if you haven't added this to your cart you are wasting valuable listening time.... Go... Now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 06-12-14
    Ken 06-12-14 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "A sequal better then most"

    Enders Shadow was a great book to listen to yes, but it was to predictable. I am not referring to the fact we know the main plot in Enders Game is going to be the main plot here. but even the struggles Bean had to face where similar to that of Ender Wiggins. Bean had to fight a bully at school. Bean had to prove he was the best. Bean was the youngest in his launch.

    It just was not the same quality I found. sorry

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 09-22-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "A five star book--across the board!"

    I listened to Ender's Game way back, maybe as my first Audible book. Then I listened to it a second time somewhat later. Recently, I was preparing to go on a road trip and really felt Ender's Shadow was a good choice, particularly after reading the reviews. Well, we were rivited to our seats over may miles of driving the Pacific Northwest, and in the evenings, I kept thinking of Bean and his adventures, wanting to get back to the book as soon as I could.

    I also feel that you should read Ender's Game first. As I listened to the "Shadow" book, things kept coming back to me that I had forgotten. It all fit together so nicely. You realize just how much "mindwork" Card puts into his stories (incredible) and how in depth he takes his characters. This book was very intense for its entirety. It was enjoyable all the way through with a very satisfying ending. I had tears of joy in my eyes at the close. If you loved Ender's Game, I predict you will love this one just as much. I heartily recommend it.

    And--words from the author, at the end of the book, discuss the upcoming movie called Ender's Game. Turns out it is a combination of both of these books. Upon further research, I learned it will be released in a month or too. Really, just can't wait to see Ender and Bean on film. The second best thing after the awesome listening experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 08-03-13
    Jan 08-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Getting ready for the movie September 1, 2013"

    The previews are out and Ender's Game is finally coming to the big screen. Per OSC's afterward in Ender's Shadow... the movie is a combination of both books. So I just reread Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow to get ready. There is some redundancy, but both books are enjoyable. I would still read Ender's Game first even though they both stand alone. I am not a big fan of the follow-up books for either series... the first books are the best. And you won't miss a thing to read these two and stop. But for sure, read them both before the movie... it's coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brown 03-29-13
    R. Brown 03-29-13
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    "Better than I expected."

    This book pulls you into the story from the start. No long explanations about who the buggers are, no back stories to review, no long chapters dedicated to creating the world. Right into a story. In my opinion that shows real talent and an author that knows how to engage the reader. Character development takes precedence over describing the environment. I enjoyed the book enough to finish it in two days. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is a few things that seemed improbable and some repetition of the story during battle school. I’ve already recommended it to some friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 09-13-12
    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 09-13-12

    I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)

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    "Definitely worth a listen!"

    I LOVED Ender's Game, and had this story recommended to me. I hesitated, preferring to move on in the series rather than listen to a retelling of EG from a different perspective. I am very glad that I decided to give it a try!
    Not only is Bean a very interesting character in his own right, but observing Ender and his world through Bean's eyes made the original story much more complete. EG is virtually entirely through Ender's point of view, the center of the storm. It's difficult to see and grasp some of the manipulation and politicking of the adults, but this story is much more of a bird's eye view on EG. An excellent companion to Ender's Game, and if you reread EG after this, it's fun to now know what Bean is actually thinking when reading from Ender's pov.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brianne 12-24-11
    Brianne 12-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Demolition D'bree of the Red Bank Roller Vixens

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    "Awesome story"
    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to Ender's Game already, and after listening to Ender's Shadow, I can really see different sides of the characters that I hadn't seen in Ender's Game. Now I need to re read Ender's Game and then give another listen to Ender's Shadow.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators are just great, emotions and everything. It's like watching a movie with your eyes closed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 10-04-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 10-04-11 Member Since 2016

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Late to this great party"

    Ender's Game is that rare work that can be enjoyed by adolescents and retirees. Great writing of an extraordinary story. This has been around a long time and I'm glad I finally found the time to enjoy OSC's signature work.

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    Alan st george, UT, United States 08-06-11
    Alan st george, UT, United States 08-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Must have"

    This and the original Ender's Game are a must have. You can't stop listening. However don't waste your money on the books that follow. This book is absolutely amazing and is worth every penny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Animar
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    8/2/13
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    "Let your own imagination roll before the movie"

    An equal to the original Ender's Game that provides the pairing of perspectives which enabled the Movie production, due for release in late 2013.

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  • Joshua
    Rhos-On-Sea, United Kingdom
    12/30/12
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    "Brilliant"

    This was really my first audiobook and whilst initially it took a little getting used to the style I really enjoy it. It is a fantastic listen for anyone that has heard or read Ender's Game, and is a brilliant book both as a companion and in its own right. The voice acting did its job well and was dynamic enough to keep you listening throughout, being suited for the wide range of emotions and situations in the book. I loved it and this has made me want to get the rest in the series in audiobook form (even though I already have the hard copies!). The convinience was brilliant and it was fantastic to be able to effectively 'read a book' whilst doing something else physically. I would wholeheartedly recommend this for people who like their science fiction with philosophical questions that are not proposed to the reader in an abstract manner but rather are fundamental questions whether fighting a war in space or living in the 21st century, and who like science fiction that is clear but still complex though never needlessly so - the complexity is to a level appropriate for the characters, never unbelievably so in the universe Card had established. It is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    SOUTHEND ON SEA, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Great book"

    This was a fantastic start to the whole ender series. Excellent quality with a number of narrators speaking different parts. Orson is a terrific writer. Recommend listening to ender's shadow after this. I was amazed that the same events could be so different. Listen out for Orson himself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Sullivan
    London, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Both and excellent read and listen"

    The Ender series is one of my favorites and Ender's Shadow is a worthy entry. The audiobook brings the title to life with strong narration, but make sure you read/listen to Ender's Game first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/20/12
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    "Bean is just as interesting as Ender"

    I was worried about reading this book. I loved the Ender series so much, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to go back to the space station and relieve the story in case it was ruined. I did not have to fear. The story is just as thrilling, if not more so, from Bean's point of view.

    This isn't a retelling of Ender's Game. This is fresh new material. You won't be bored and you will still be surprised when the cards fall. It also reveals a whole new nemesis who is just as terrifying as the buggers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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