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Shadow Puppets | [Orson Scott Card]

Shadow Puppets

Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

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Publisher's Summary

Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, he will reshape our future.

Here is the continuing saga of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©2002 Orson Scott Card; (P)2002 Fantastic Audio; Fantastic Audio Is an Imprint of Audio Literature

What the Critics Say

"Fans will enjoy an exciting, fast-paced plot and a suspense-filled conclusion." (Amazon.com)
"Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high." (Booklist)

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    Daniel MelbourneAustralia 01-24-15
    Daniel MelbourneAustralia 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "terrible
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    I'm done with the enderverse. this book took formerly compelling characters and made them mouth peices for orson scott cards beliefs. the genius battle commander petra can now only talk about how she wants to make babies. guh. achilles has completely jumped the shark. enders parents being brilliant people that just deceived their children about their intelligence was absurd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Manhattan, KS 09-17-12
    Frederick Manhattan, KS 09-17-12 Member Since 2014

    Soldier, Teacher, Student, Avid reader, Writer, Christian, Gamer, Geek, and very demanding of my audio experience.

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    "Excellent way to Experience Orson Scott Card Books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After reading the books as a young adult and the 're-reading' them through these audio books, I can say that the best experiance by far has been having them read to me by these excellent performers.


    What about David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance did you like?

    Both David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki are excellent pics for this book, as well as the entire Shadow series, their consistent style and varying tones for each of the characters whom they speak for really bring the book alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Story itself is very well written, with a wide range of emotions and several different ways of interpreting the emotions and events involved in the story though the eyes of the various characters. While listening to this book in public i have gotten some very odd looks because some of the humor and jokes would cause me to burst out laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    For me as a military person, many of the observations of the characters reflected on how I would see the events. The banter felt like something I might hear among my own Military buddies. The characters felt real and solid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 05-04-09
    Saud 05-04-09

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Good Book"

    A well-written and well-narrated book. It's not the best book in the series, but it is nonetheless good.

    I read Shadow of the Hegemon before this book, so a step back to visit the characters I grew to love in audio was a nice experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey 06-26-12
    Joey 06-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Card - stick to the story and stop prosthelytizing"

    For much of my life I have liked Card's sci fi, but these will be the last of his books I read. I do not want to support the type of homophobic prosthelytizing present in this book. I have known for a number of years that Card was a Mormon and although I disagree with many teachings of that church, I do not mind having a difference of opinion with someone as long as they don't shove it down my throat. This book crosses the line. It's not just a distaste for same-sex attraction - he very clearly endorses the ex-gay movement wherein gay people are reformed to live a "normal" heterosexual lifestyle (a pseudo-therapy which has been proven to be extremely psychologically damaging). One male character even admits to having been attracted to men and then reveals that his life has been made worthwhile because he has turned away from his "perversion" and married a woman with whom he will try to have children to redeem his life. I'm not reading between the lines and this is not just the viewpoint of one character in the book - the message is presented as inescapable fact that all of the characters must embrace in order to have fulfilling lives. Again and again Card speaks of how every man should find a woman and life is without value unless you have children to pass on your genetic material. It is a major plot point. Meanwhile, two teenagers well below the age of consent (I believe they're 13 or 14) marry and have children, which seems to be not just fine, but desirable in Card's universe.

    I can't believe that Card took a sci fi (not a religion) book in such a strongly religious direction, potentially alienating a large fan base. I can't believe that the publisher let him do it. If Card wants to write essays or novels on religious doctrine, by all means, he should do so, but he should not embed them in a totally unrelated book, one whose characters we've grown to care so he hopes we'll keep reading. It's akin to a friend suddenly asking if you have a moment to talk about Jesus Christ and when you say no he tells you anyway. The repeated assertions that gay is bad and only through heterosexual marriage and lots of kids can your life be worthwhile is offensive to me and even if it weren't, it is unnecessary and distracting to the story. I hope that potential readers notice, as I did not, the reviews discussing the strongly homophobic agenda in this book before buying it. (Incidentally, several reviews have referred to the book as anti-gay-marriage... Card's message is more encompassing than a discussion of equal rights, he preaches the perversion of any same-sex attraction, period.)

    Potential readers - I understand the desire to know what happens to these characters you've come to know over the past several books and if you absolutely must find out what happens in the rest of the Ender series, I suggest you borrow the books or try to buy them somewhere used or even read a summary. Don't buy the books new or on audio and give more money directly to Card and this publisher because that implies we're okay with the prosthelytizing Card has taken to injecting where it does not belong.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    btfnyp@aol.com 10-18-06

    Prez

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    "too much fluff"

    I have read Enders game,E Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon which were great. This one was no where near the others. One disk would have told this whole story. There are some interesting parts but they are imbeded in tons of filler. Am on to Shadow of the Giant. Hopefully that will be the old Card. This is no where near his best. The end picks up otherwise this would have been a complete waste.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-11-06
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-11-06 Member Since 2014

    danmc

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    "Another Good Read in the Ender Series"

    You continue with Bean's story, and the positive here is that Card develops the character quite nicely.

    However, the premise of the world going to war based on advice from 10 and 12 year olds is simply not believable in this one.

    I was able to suspend disbelief in Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, but he simply missed the mark with the story.

    Overall, I recommend and will be moving on to Shadow of the Hegemon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 08-13-04
    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 08-13-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Not really the end of the series"

    I've read all books in the Ender Series. I was hoping that this last one would give closure to Bean and describe how Peter became "The Hegemon". I was disappointed. This book dealt so much with reminding us what happened in the previous books. Doesn't Mr. Card know that readers won't read this book unless they've read the previous books? Like most in the Ender series, this has a hanging ending. Is Mr. Card wishing to capitalize on another Ender book? I hope not. He made the characters so boring this time. It's like rushing to get this book done and over. If you're a fan, I would still read this one since it's still part of the storyline. But, don't expect much.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Philadelphia 06-10-04
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 06-10-04 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Card's worst - dull, dull, dull"

    For a big fan of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, this book was a pretty miserable experience. Scott's typical supersmart kids just seem over the top here, and the plot is both maudlin and rather dull. The emotional scenes are unbelievable, and the action is awkward. I listened to half before I gave up, so I suppose it could have gotten better...

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Rochester, NY, USA 07-31-03
    Michael Rochester, NY, USA 07-31-03
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    "Card folded on this one!"

    I have enjoyed all of the previous books in this series, however this one seems like Card was phoning it in. Just when I thought it couldn?t get any worse, it did...he gets so preachy! One of the things I find interesting about all of Orson Scott Card's books (in addition to the usually great characters, plots...) is analyzing how his religious beliefs help shape his (usually) excellent science fiction. So much of this book however was an undisguised sermon! and a boring one at that.
    If you already read all of the previous books in the Ender series, you will probably buy this one, and its not all bad. - but don't say I didn?t warn you.

    13 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Deerfield, Illinois, United States 11-06-10
    Jane Deerfield, Illinois, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Anti-Gay Marriage Propaganda"

    This is my seventh book in the Ender saga (Speaker for the Dead is my favorite) and although I haven't loved all of them, this book is by far the worst. I don't believe in judging works based on the author's belief but this book just seems like a platform for Orson Scott Card to advertise the Mormon Church. He so vehemently argues that marriage is only between a man and a women and that having children is the most important thing in life. Shadow Puppets does not fit gracefully into the series and this book is barely sci-fiction. Card is an activist for the prevention of same-sex marriage. There would be no reason for me to know that if his writing in this book didn't prompt me to look it up.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    "Good but not great"
    Would you try another book written by Orson Scott Card or narrated by David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    Yeah I would although this one was a bit to slow compared to the others. great narration though


    Would you recommend Shadow Puppets to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only as part of the series. On it's own not. AS it's just too slow.


    Have you listened to any of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Same as the others, always great performances


    Did Shadow Puppets inspire you to do anything?

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    4/21/15
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    "Most read"

    One of the best sci fi books ever made. It's a great time killing with amazing charters. Any age you will live it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacob
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    "All of them"

    It's the best overall story that iv ever listened to. Every book is as good as the last. Interesting and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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    "A let down"

    This book was a let down compared to the other 2 in this series. I have already bought the fourth book, so i will listen to that and hopefully it will pick up.

    So why not so good? It was the overall story of Bean and Petra and their love for each other, and their desire for children.

    The only saving grace was the end, which means something refreshing and new for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
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    8/20/12
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    "A satisfying conclusion to the Bean saga"

    The Bean storyline is not as brave as the Ender story, and this book isn't as cataclysmic as the Ender story. Still, it is a great book and if you have read the other Ender/Bean books, there is no reason why you wouldn't finish the storyline. (Just don't expect this book to be as good as the first two Bean books.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    11/5/09
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    "Entertaining continuation of series"

    I feel the Shadow series has gone on a little too long with this one. Although I really enjoyed it, there is nothing particularly novel in the story. There is a sense of fatigue in the way the story is being told, almost as though the author is only really trying to mirror the number of books in the original Ender Series with the number of books in the Shadow Series - four a piece. (There are three others at present that fill in story elements)

    "Ender's Shadow" was a five-star book, but since then, the series has declined in purpose and originality. The character of Peter Wiggin has been reduced from the brilliant, emotionally violent and sarcastic future world saviour, to what I feel is a churlish, weak individual, greatly outshone by Bean.

    I will listen to the final book in the series ("Shadow of the Giant") but only for completeness and with a sense of apprehension as to how far the author will continue to undermine its superb antecedents.

    Excellently narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    12/29/08
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    "Shadow Puppets"

    Although the lugubriousness of the narrators can grate a little (as with all the 'Ender' series from Audible), the sheer quality of the plot and language outweigh any such considerations. Once again, an excellent continuation of the saga, filling in for us those 'what happened to...' ponderings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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