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Shadows in Flight Audiobook

Shadows in Flight

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.
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Ender’s Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel....

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children - the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history.

But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come. For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders - the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony.

©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Daniel Lebanon, oH, United States 02-13-12
    Daniel Lebanon, oH, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great book by Card"
    What did you love best about Shadows in Flight?

    It completed the story about what happened to Bean and how he died.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All three kids are great..... but Ender I liked the best


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read some not so good comments and almost did not download the book.... I'm glad I did.... I thought it was well developed and written. Those who have been following the Ender story series will love it - as a stand along book it might be a little confusing. Can't wait to read the next one later this year.

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    Benjamin 02-13-12
    Benjamin 02-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected, But worth the read!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I like any story with Bean in it. To be honest, I was really hoping that this was the tie-together story for the Ender series and the Shadow series, but there is a commentary at the end that explains what happened there. Shadows in Flight really feels more like a novella than a novel, but I think that it's an important piece in the over-all story. This is also the only one of the stories that is actually about


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was excellent as usual.

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    Jared 02-10-12
    Jared 02-10-12
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    "Interesting Read- Left me wanting more"

    This was a great book in terms of continuing the story. I've definitely been interested in what happened to Bean and his children after they set off into space. I'm a little disappointed that Bean and Ender don't talk as it seems like their stories now are eerily similar. This is going to be a book that appeals to only those that have read a lot of the other books and doesn't stand by itself well. The afterward talking about why he did the short form book is interesting, but for me I felt a little cheated. He wanted to do a shorter form as an experiment of bringing it out at a lower price point, but for many here it is all the same you either get 1 credit for a short book or 1 credit for a long book. This means you get significantly less book for your single credit. I look forward to continuing the story but hope that in the future I get a full book for my credit or else I won't be buying it on audible and maybe I will have to actually read it.

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    Al Tyler, MN, United States 02-05-12
    Al Tyler, MN, United States 02-05-12
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    "Affordable half novel? Nothing but a tease!"
    What did you like best about Shadows in Flight? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the story of Shadows in Flight. As always Card has done an outstanding job of creating a compelling and interesting story. I was unfortunately shocked when the story was over. At the end of the story Card tells that this is only a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was of course Ender, who is not the original Ender, but is Bean's son.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrators did a great job as always in the Ender series!


    Was Shadows in Flight worth the listening time?

    Shadows in Flight was definately worth the listening time. I just wish it hadn't ended where it did. Now I have to wait for the next book


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    CARLOS New York, NY, United States 02-01-12
    CARLOS New York, NY, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant... But Disappointingly Short!!"
    Where does Shadows in Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the story, the characters, the setting and everything just as in all of the other books in the Enderverse series, however, it's shortness left a HUGE void... I would have preferred to wait more time for a COMPLETE book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows in Flight?

    When Bean discovers that their previous beliefs about the Hive Queens was terribly wrong! This opens up doors and leaves question to be, hopefully, answered in subsequent books.


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

    Excellent as always!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Bean was able to stand and take a few steps, freed by the knowledge that his children would be OK.


    Any additional comments?

    With all due respect to Mr. Card, his explanation about making this book short in order for it to be affordable and therefore bought on impulse is RIDICULOUS, speccially when you consider the fact that this is the most recent book in a series expanding now 10 (yes, TEN!) books... I felt ripped off, and not so much for the money as for the huge expectations created for this book as well as the waiting period for the next one.

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    shirley 02-01-12
    shirley 02-01-12
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    "Short, well-written story about brats"

    I love OSC but this book just frustrated me. The story is about three 6yo children that are extremely intelligent. It's still a story about children with petty bickering and huge insecurities - regardless of their intelligence. I must say, it got old, fast. I don't remember Ender's Game being this snippy.

    Bean is a giant now and is confined to the cargo hold. Reminds me of how the hive queen was trapped in the cocoon. Rehasing old themes and old story lines. It would have been a pleasant trip down memory lane if not for the squabbling of the kids that permeated the first 4+ hours.

    Narration was fantastic - Scott Brick, Stefan Rudniki - you can't go wrong :-)

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    Sandra 01-29-12
    Sandra 01-29-12
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    "Very disappointing"

    I was thrilled to see a new book from Orson Scott Card, but this story was a huge disappointment. It seemed as if a great deal of the action occurred "offstage" and what wasn't offstage was rather anticlimactic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Irene TORRANCE, CA, United States 01-28-12
    Irene TORRANCE, CA, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ridiculously short"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Great follow up to the questions left unanswered by the last Shadow book. It's only about half the length of all the other books, leaves things unsatisfying.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending is definitely rushed and seemed a little too convenient.


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

    Imaginative new insight on formic society is captivating but leaves you carving for interaction with Ender Wiggin.


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    Richard L. Rubin Oakland, CA United States 01-27-12
    Richard L. Rubin Oakland, CA United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing Addition to a Classic Series"

    I've read or listened to all of Mr. Card's Ender and Shadow books and this was by far the most disappointing. The weak plot can pretty much be summed up as follows: Bean and his three kids, while out in space, encounter a Formic spaceship. That's about it. Mr. Card claims that he was inspired by Rendezvous with Rama, but this book is a very pale Shadow of that classic. The narrators are good, but would have been much more effective and enjoyable if they had taken on separate roles throughout, instead of taking turns reading chapters.

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    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 01-23-12
    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A novella at best"

    The story was fine and interesting, but really not substantial enough to be called a book. Technically it's a novella, but substance-wise it seemed more like a short story. In the afterward he says that it was about making a cheaper novel that could "purchased as an impulse" which is a weird goal. Why would somebody buy the fifth book in a series on impulse? I wasn't looking at price when I bought it and I don't think somebody new to the series would start with this book.
    Anyway, the overall story was interesting but not detailed enough; I didn't care a lot about the kids and Bean wasn't in it that much. It was very disappointing after waiting for it for so long.
    The narration performance was great though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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