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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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    Aaron TUCSON, AZ, United States 06-09-13
    Aaron TUCSON, AZ, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Odd pronunciation of Achilles"
    What did you love best about Shadow of the Giant?

    Walking and listening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Giant?

    Sun Tzu


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Pronounced Achilles like the Greek god he was named after.


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

    I cringed every time they pronounced Achilles


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 03-15-13
    Joshua 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen/Read"

    I really enjoyed this book (just like all the others in the series). I feel like it did a great job wrapping up the Bean Quartet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Isis Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 09-24-12
    Isis Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Longer story, deeper development of the characters, more similarity to his other books.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    see above


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow of the Giant?

    the bloody scene of the fight between the brothers


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Morgan 05-06-12
    S. Morgan 05-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Finish to the Story of Bean and Petra"
    Where does Shadow of the Giant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card and the way he brings characters to life and never cheats just to end the story.
    The performance of the talent was great at bringing the personalities of the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Scott Brick before. I find his voice acting accurate and enthralling. He did well in this book but I think he was better in a Princess of Mars.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Mt Prospect, IL, United States 05-02-12
    Jon Mt Prospect, IL, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Continues my Bean love"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It more or less wrapped up the entire hegemon portion of the Bean series of books. He took a massive number of characters and did a wonderful job of wrapping up each story, well sort of.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Quite Simply Life. I read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. I then went back and listened to them along with each of the other books. They are expertly acted and the voices chosen well.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always loved this Bean line of books and it makes going back to Ender's Game and reading that and knowing where each of these characters end up post bugger war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana United States 11-21-11
    Dana United States 11-21-11

    Love Science Fiction and some Fantasy books.

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    "No "Ender's Shadow"."

    The story was very slow and not nearly to the quality of Ender's Shadow. When you read this one, only expect it to continue the story of Bean and Petra, but expect these two "main" characters to take a back seat to many other supporting characters. The story seems to be less about Bean and Petra and more about all the supporting characters that haven been introduced in the past. Also, it is very reminiscent of Xenocide, in the way the characters consistently talk and bicker to one another. Just the long, and continuing trend of disappointing books by Orson Scott Card.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2011
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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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