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
"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)
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.
Military vet (USMC), gamer, recent MBA grad, father of twin girls, and probably the awesome-est person in the world.
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!
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
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
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
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.
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;)
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.
Demolition D'bree of the Red Bank Roller Vixens
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.
The narrators are just great, emotions and everything. It's like watching a movie with your eyes closed.
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
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.
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.
"A Return to Battle School."
This book takes us back to the Battle School events in Ender's Game, but retold from the perspective of a secondary character, Bean. You may wonder why you would want to read the same story again, but the manner in which it is written is excellent and at no point did I feel like I was going over old material. The back-story of Bean is gone into in detail which introduces new, interesting characters. The story from when he arrives at Battle School is very much Bean's and the author has ensured that Bean develops his own identity in the school and his own story before even meeting Ender.
This is the first in the "Shadow" series and of the five Enders books I have now listened to, this is just behind Ender's Game which is firmly the best. OSC uses his monumental skills to tell another great story, with great character, plot and dialogue. The narration team are as always exemplary.
You do not need to have read the Ender's series first, but I would strongly recommend it.
I didn't particularly enjoy this book when I read it. But this is an example of how excellent narration can improve the whole audiobook experience. The different voices are excellent and work well together, adding an extra dimension to the book and making me wish my commute home from work took longer. I don't know how this was recorded but the quick interchange between voices at times sounds very real as though they were having a direct conversation. The occasional use of music adds to the atmosphere.
This book is a perfect example of what an audio book should be and I hope that the same excellent production is in place for the rest of the Ender series of books.
"A "parallax" novel of Ender's Game"
Story: This is an interesting story, basically retelling Ender's Game from one of the supporting character's view. Bean is by far my fave from Ender's Game, so a whole book devoted to him? I'm in there :) His back story is fleshed out, and Bean is far more aware of the whole political dynamic, which gives a whole new flavour to the story. So whilst you know exactly what happens, there's enough new material for those who are familar with Ender's game; but for those who haven't read it; it's self contained enough that it shouldn't need the knowledge of what's coming to make sense.
Audio: The full cast recording, was more like "three cast parts". But it really worked: the dialogue between Graff and Sister Carlotta was excellent, in particular. I had a bit of a flub at the end, where the audio seemed to skip back half a chapter, but then it carried on without any issues. Excellent narration.
"Exilent return to form"
Going back through the story of Ender's Game from another perspective gave a huge amount of depth to the original story as well.
The fact that this covers the same time line as the book Ender's Game doesn't make the book any less enjoyable due to any 'spoilers' if you've already read Ender's Game.
I found i was a little disappointed at the end of the 4th book in the Ender's Game series Children of the Mind. Because of this i was hesitant to try this book. I'm really glad i did though as i found this book to be one of my favourite books since discovering audible.
I was very worried that it would be a reflection of Ender's Game. It was not. Bean is such a complex, interesting character that having an opportunity to listen to his story. Very well read. As thrilling as Ender's Game and though we lose the impact of the Xenocide at the end, realizing that there was much more going on than what we saw through Ender's eyes was thrilling. 10/10 would recommend.
I loved Ender's Game, This runs extremely well alongside it. performance of each is great and easily flows from one character or group of characters to another. The way that it is narrated explains the story well, the characters and the images. I know it says that it does not matter in which order you listen tomorrow read these to books, but I personally think that you get the greatest impact if you read/listen to Ender's Game first.
"Not a sequel but a dual book"
If you read enders game already, then you will really enjoy this. Totally different and as good.
"Bean's Story is a compelling aternative to Enders"
Pretty high. If you like Enders game, this will be an interesting book.
Bean and then Petra. Its good to see Bean again having liked his character in the original Enders Game.
"Good story but not as good as Enders Game"
The desperate struggle of a boy who feels totally abandoned and alone to stay alive and win at everything he does.
No, not as gripping as Ender's Game
"Could of been better."
The best things I like is the new look at the story outside of Enders point of view, quite often something that only films can do, so it is well worth listening to Ender's Game and then this book.
The bad parts are the religious links as I found them irritating, at first I only thought that they were there because of a Nun character and was willing to accept this as she was a part of the development with the story, but then as time went on the book started to drop links in all over the place more often, taking you away from the story and more in to religious philosophy from time to time. Even characters that showed no religious views in Ender's Game started to drop in quotes from the bible, thus making no sense from a character development point of view.
Hard to answer without, spoilers :) but needless to say I felt it undermines the ending of "Ender's Game"...
Funny in this case, but the stars of Ender's Game.
I feel, I have more negative to say than good, maybe the reason for the 3 stars I think, but I would still like to add that even with the bad points I still really enjoyed the book, I nearly gave it 4 stars, but couldn't as to top it off the recording did not match the chapter selection in my audible app for windows 8 and edits were clearly noticeable.
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