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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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    Matthew Sir Lowry's PassSouth Africa 05-04-10
    Matthew Sir Lowry's PassSouth Africa 05-04-10
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    "Pulling teeth"

    I couldn't get my head into this book, I gave myself plenty of chances to try to care about this fantasy earth paradigm but nothing would keep me in it. I think the mostly the character development was too thin, compared to Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. (which I read in that order)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kricket 09-08-09
    Kricket 09-08-09 Member Since 2006
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    "good conclusion"

    I thought this book was a good conclusion to the series. Very bitter sweat! Watching the characters grow up and seeing Peter become the real Hegemon (that we always knew he would be) was the best part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
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    "not as good as the others"

    this one takes off back where the first two left us, but lands in a field nearby. not nearly as good as the 1st two books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Think Toronto 05-04-05
    Deep Think Toronto 05-04-05
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    "Captivating book"

    If you've read all the books up until here you clearly love these characters. And you will get plenty of your fill here, although the book could stand to be even longer. There's still plenty of doors left open for more books to be written so this isn't the end of the love affair either.

    All in all, spending time with the characters is more gratifying than the overall plot of the book, but Card wrote himself into a corner with the Ender series, and he is beyond contradicting himself, so we know how it's all going to end anyhow - at least for Peter Wiggin.

    I can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Azizul Ipoh, PerakMalaysia 04-11-05
    Azizul Ipoh, PerakMalaysia 04-11-05
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    "Discreation Advised"

    When listening to this book one must keep an open mind and keep in mind that this is a work of pure fiction. With its depiction of certain races and religions this book might not be to everyone?s liking. But keep in mind again, Pure Fiction. Although if you are offended by racism and negativity to some religions you might want to skip this book.

    I'm giving this book a low score because of its lack of intelligence. Sure the tactical and drama aspect of the book is good and I think it should be all about it but the fact that the line between good and evil is pre determined, carved in metal and a wall has been build to separate it makes the book mediocre. I could do without the prejudice, the drama and the story itself was fine.

    At the end of it the entire book feels like mere filler between gapes of the previous and the next rather then a full story.

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    "Racism!!!"

    This book is laced with racism and sterotypes. It is unfortunate that Orson Scott Card had to go to such depths to write this book.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rgjenks 10-19-06
    Rgjenks 10-19-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    I had a very hard time getting into this book but I persevered. It is the first of the series I have listened to. Perhaps it is just not my thing. I found that it dragged for the first couple of hours and that it took a long time to tie things together. By the end my opinion improved but I donlt think I will listen to others in the series.

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    Damian A. Lewis Pittsburgh 06-17-08
    Damian A. Lewis Pittsburgh 06-17-08 Member Since 2008

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    Could not wait for the ending.

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    Beulah, United Kingdom
    12/2/09
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    "Let's me forgive the last two in the series."

    This book redeems the previous two books in the series and I am now happy that I finished the "Shadow" series. The storyline speeds up and improves in this book compared to the previous two offerings and the whole saga is nicely rounded off.

    I still hold that by writing these Shadow books, OSC has undermined the original four "Ender" books, mainly eroding the strength of character and actions of Ender and Peter Wiggin. This is a shame, as these two characters had been so well worked on and developed by OSC in the original series that they each had a magically unique aura by the series end.

    Nevertheless, reading the eight books has been a great experience and I would strongly recommend reading the first seven to reach this brilliant book. I will probably continue with the other 3 books in what has been termed the "Enderverse".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "The most religious intolerant book I ever read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    One of the most raciest and religious intolerant things I have ever read. Although I knew before lessoning that Mr. Scott was a Christian missionary and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but the amount venom written in this book against Islam made me feel sick. I could not imagine that a Christian can carry so much hatred in his heart but then maybe Mr. Scott think by being religious intolerant that he will be continuing his missionary work as a writer but I don’t think that this process is effective.


    Could you see Shadow of the Giant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I hope not


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  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Slightly better, but still a shadow on Enders Game"

    Finally, the series of Bean has been completed. The series started off so well, but really trailed off. The conclusion was pretty predictable and took some time to reach that conclusion.



    The audio itself is not too bad, nothing to write home about. If you have read to this book, you may as well continue and complete the series.

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  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/20/12
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    "The Bean story is loosing steam"

    This third Bean book is not as good as the first two, but still a good story. If you have enjoyed the first two, keep going. Temper your expectations and you will enjoy it, no doubt.

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