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.
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"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)
Some of the parts of the book drag on and the religious stuff setting up Bean's babies is forced but I like where the book is going even if it's a bit annoying how it gets there. Production qualify is far better aside from the jarring music between sections that isn't very good and certainly isn't needed.
Card's writing is fantastically engrossing. I love all of the Ender books and was sad when I finished them. But the Shadow series is every bit as good and the characters are just as likable. My only complaint is that I went through them all so fast and I wish there were more. A++
I've listened to everything in publishing order so far. All of the flaws in the earlier books are amplified in this one. The story should be good and the characters are mostly interesting up until this book.
I've thought for a most of the story (the series so far), that Card was writing a book to be used in an English Lit class to introduce philosophy and maybe even comparative religion. Up to this point, the books are a good conversation starter. Then suddenly the characters changed.
Bean just changes, he doesn't evolve. He doesn't really struggle through anything other than tough situation. Petra becomes obsessed with "making babies." I get it, they are supposed to be horny teenagers, but Petra was annoying, and Bean was just better than the mediocrity around him. Peter was rather uncomplicated for a person who was known to the world as two different people.
The story is supposed to be about extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. Unfortunately it is a story about rather boring people caught up in rather uninteresting situations.
I did want to like it. The characters have interesting backstories. They are all geniuses reshaping history.
Even more frustrating was Card treating the readers like idiots. He had to explain every allusion to Achilles. Yes, we know about about the heal, and the arrow. This also makes the characters seem stupid.
So overall, disappointing, but it didn't suck so bad that I didn't finish.
Fun to read, if you like the Enderverse. Not so much if you like good characterization. Peter Wiggin, in particular, is completely abandoned and wasted in this story.
As usual, Orson Scott Card tells a great story. The audio sucks and there are weird, very bad edits that steal the show away from an otherwise fantastic performance.
"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.
"Worst in the series"
The performances were great once again the only issue is the story. Was a long 10 hours to get through. The first book in the shadow series was definitely the best but seems to get worse with each book.
Brilliant as I would expect from the author. It tells me I need to keep writing to submit my review I wonder if this is enough.
"Good but not great"
Yeah I would although this one was a bit to slow compared to the others. great narration though
Only as part of the series. On it's own not. AS it's just too slow.
Same as the others, always great performances
One of the best sci fi books ever made. It's a great time killing with amazing charters. Any age you will live it
"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.
"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.
"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.)
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.
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