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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

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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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    Joe Sacramento, CA, USA 06-13-05
    Joe Sacramento, CA, USA 06-13-05
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    "Enderverse"

    The Enderverse

    This is my favorite science fiction series. The characters are easy to identify with, and you will find yourself sucked into this imaginary universe, nick named the Enderverse by fans.

    Recommended order of reading (in my opinion): Ender?s Game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind. Reading the books in this order will keep you interested and keep the story moving more naturally.

    If after reading all of these wonderful books you are still itching for an Enderverse fix then read First Meetings. The list above is sorted by the Enderverse timeline. Meaning that the flow of events in the stories are uninterrupted. If you were to read the books in the order they were published, you would bounce back and forth in between time and few of the plot twists in future books would be revealed before you wanted them to be known. First Meetings, however contains short stories that occur both before and in between the list above within the Enderverse.

    61 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    David Orem, UT, USA 03-31-05
    David Orem, UT, USA 03-31-05 Member Since 2004
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    "If you like Card, you'll like this!"

    This was a nice addition to the series. The plot developed a little slowly with some distractions along the way that seemed unnecessary at first, but it eventually came together nicely. Keep you guessing how it will turn out! And of course, leaves the door open for more sequels.
    The reading uses several narrators, male and female, most of them pretty good. It's often unclear why it switches to a different narrator. There was one odd segment in the middle where a conversation was "enacted" by several narrators, but mostly it's just a single reader per chapter or segment. Accents and personalities came through pretty well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Don Austin, TX, USA 03-17-05
    Don Austin, TX, USA 03-17-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Another Good Story in the Series"

    Continues the adventures of Petra and Bean along with closure to the Hegemon story. Excellent performance by all the voices. Leaves the door open to more stories.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-11-08
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it."

    Kept me glued to it the whole way through. Very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    btfnyp@aol.com New York 11-06-06
    btfnyp@aol.com New York 11-06-06 Member Since 2006

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    "Excellent - Important part of the saga"

    Having read Ender's Game, Enders Shadow, Shadow of the Hegman, Shadow of the Puppets (not great)and now Shadow of the Giant in that order, I recomend this as an important and touching part of the series. There are some relegious parts that might not appeal to some;however, this should be read. You will not be disapointed.Am now off to Speaker for the Dead,Zenocide and finaly Children of the Mind. Will miss some of our friends however.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vener8ed 04-04-05
    Vener8ed 04-04-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic Card"

    What can I say that hasn't been said about Uncle Orson's ability to capture the soul of his characters? In my opinion, that is the best thing about his work. They are so human and real and often tragic. It is apparent that Card really cares about these characters and lives in their world with them. He deftly brings the reader along for the ride.
    This is a grand and beautiful story that stands on it's own even though it is a sequel. The plot is excellent. It is intricate, exciting and very well paced. For fans of the series, this will justify their devotion. But, this volume can be enjoyed by everyone for it's own sake. I couldn't put it down. The narration is excellent too. It adds immensely to the feeling of the story.

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-10-05
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-10-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Again, Totally Card"

    I usually hate "Companion Series" books, they usually seem to decline in entertainment value after the original book (Enders Game, in this case), especially when the original book seems to neatly end with no loose ends to warrant another book.

    The Ender series is MUCH different, the "follow-up" books just keep getting better... The characters are well fleshed out (sometimes it seems a little too much time is wasted fleshing out a character, but it ends up being just the right amount of information you needed to know to keep up with the character's motivations further along in the book, or series).

    If you liked Ender's Game, then the follow-up books are a "Must have", even if you think "How could they be better than the original"?

    The unabridged versions are a bit long winded at times, but you get details that you NEED to have to keep up with the complex stories being woven.

    Card says, "hearing" the books are the way he wanted them presented, and having several narrators in each book makes the audio books MUCH better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bret 05-16-05
    Bret 05-16-05
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    "Card does it again"

    I just finished listening and had to voice my opinion. Orson Scott Card has another winner in the Ender series. Giant continues with the characters that we have grown to know and love from the previous books and continues to build possibilities for future novels. The narration is fantastic and keeps you in the story from beginning to end. Worthwhile reading!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorenzo USA 04-24-05
    Lorenzo USA 04-24-05
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    "Fabulous!"

    SHADOW OF THE GIANT is the incredible finale of the Shadow Quartet (ENDER'S SHADOW, SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, AND SHADOW PUPPETS). Any fan of science- fiction will love the whole Ender series including this newest addition. Card follows Bean, Petra, and Peter Wiggin as they all try to complete their final goals. Peter attempts to unite the world in peace. Bean and Petra try to find all of their lost children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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