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Shadow of the Giant | [Orson Scott Card]

Shadow of the Giant

Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.
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Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.

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©2005 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Nominee, Science-Fiction

"The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games, and psychology." (USA Today)

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    R. Moore Virginia, USA 11-20-12
    R. Moore Virginia, USA 11-20-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Another solid title in the Enderverse"

    I came back to this series after a four-year break, and I'm glad I did. Not overwhelmingly brilliant like a couple of the books have been, but it was solid -- and left more to tell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 03-05-12
    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011

    A man. A plan. A canal. Panama

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    "Good story, clumsy narration"

    The story is fun, a great continuation of the Ender saga. Unfortunately, there are something like 84 narrarators (okay, only 5 or 6). The story jumps clumsly between them. Everything is told third person, but different chapters have different narrators without any rhyme or reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Pataskala, OH, United States 10-24-10
    Eric Pataskala, OH, United States 10-24-10 Member Since 2010

    I'm 52 and enjoy sifi, history, funny romance, fantasy type books. I give my views as to how a book is based on my emotions.

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    "request Mr. Card"

    .. I have Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, and now Shadow of the Giant. It would be GREAT to know in what order these should be heard/read but there is none given in any description.

    I love all 3, but am I missing one between Shadow of the Hedemon and Shadow of the Giant?

    I know Ender's Game is pretty much the same as Ender's Shadow, just told by Bean instead, but what's next in the series??

    Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 12-10-07
    Josh Alwitt Newton, MA USA 12-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Last gasp"

    The cast of characters in the Bean saga starts to get a little tired in this one. It's entertaining but my least favorite of this series. Card leaves room for another one after this so I hope he takes a fresh approach to it. He's an amazingly talented writer but the ideas in this installment are worn out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Melbourne, FL, United States 12-15-05
    Jennifer Melbourne, FL, United States 12-15-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Brilliant."

    I finished listening just a few hours ago and I enjoyed every moment spent with these characters. I cried for Petra and her life, I was amazed at how the characters were drawn so real and with faults and understandings and everything. I truly hope that we get at least one more book...perhaps one that focuses on Bean's amazing children? And what happened to Randi and her son "Achille's child"? Where did she go? I am dying to know. It's all tied up...but...not quite. :) Excellently done.

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    Ross Mosinee, WI, United States 05-14-05
    Ross Mosinee, WI, United States 05-14-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Ender is God"

    This book is possibly one of the best book in the series... The book starts out with Bean and Petra, then goes on to complement how the Hedgemon got his office and his place in history.

    The book i think is a real Door-opener since it opens up a whole new rush of possibilities and really provides a further extension in the series. Hopefully Scott Card can supply many more before he retires.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roz 04-19-05
    Roz 04-19-05 Listener Since 2003
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    "Good... not as good as the other in the series"

    I thought that this was decent although not nearly as thought provoking as the other books in the Ender seires that the author has written...

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    Adam Marietta, GA, United States 03-30-05
    Adam Marietta, GA, United States 03-30-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Pretty Good, great reading"

    The naration is great. But the story doesn't have the same quality as some earlier books. It got better as it went on though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 07-12-08
    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 07-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Sci-Fi that can make you cry GREAT BOOK!"

    Orson Scott Card is firmly one of the 10 greatest Sci-FI authors that has ever lived and everyone of the Ender series books are just masterpieces worth being read and in this case listened too repeatedly.

    If you are looking for a great audio books to listen too this should be in your top 15 for Sci-Fi. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Ender's universe you have my sympathies for your loss and jealously as you get to experience it unfold for the first time. ENJOY!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "Another dose for the Enderverse Addicts"

    Unlike some who reviewed here, I followed the entire Ender story first and then backed up and started the Bean saga. But I'm finding the author's political views are starting to creep into his writing here. His promoting an anti-birth control logic that no doubt echos the writer's religous past, may put some readers off, but it's a minor part of the story. The rest of the book is not very sci fi outside of it being in the future with different governments. But it's a very good escape, none the less, into Ender's Universe with characters you can sympathise with.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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