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Ender's Shadow | [Orson Scott Card]

Ender's Shadow

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.
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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 2004
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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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    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 06-12-14
    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 06-12-14 Member Since 2011

    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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    R. Brown Kentucky 03-29-13
    R. Brown Kentucky 03-29-13 Member Since 2008
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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 Member Since 2008

    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 Ocean, NJ, United States 12-24-11
    Brianne Ocean, NJ, United States 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 2008

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan st george, UT, United States 08-06-11
    Alan st george, UT, United States 08-06-11 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Benjamin Frisco, TX, USA 12-15-09
    Benjamin Frisco, TX, USA 12-15-09
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    "Amazing done again"

    I read Ender's game when I was in middle school and liked it and then I read this book as a adult and LOVED it. I thought this book might be childish and that my taste in books were superior to when I was 14. Boy! was I wrong this book has to be one of the better books I have EVER read/ listened to. Card's writing ability can reach adolescent minds as well as adults. Must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Lake Worth, FL, USA 09-17-09
    Anne Lake Worth, FL, USA 09-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved as much as Ender's Game"

    This was a GREAT book. I loved it as much as Ender's Game. I liked it so much I listened to all the rest of the Bean saga.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 04-16-09
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 04-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Ender's Shadow"

    At first i wasn't sure i would like "Ender's Game" being told from Bean's perspective. Once i was about one third of the way in i was in love with it! The truth is we all see diffeent things in life through out own eyes. and Orson Scott Card has truley captured that here.
    Some of the narration is a bit stilted. You frequently get tehe feeling they are reading a script. But this is easily overlooked by the wonderful story.
    The conflicted characters, the emotions and personal interactions are so real you forget you are reading fiction.
    I am not sure if i will continue through all of this saga but i highly recommed "Ender's Shadow" to anyone who liked "Ender's Game".

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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

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  • M. Sullivan
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    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.

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  • Gustav
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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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