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
This book really reminded me of the original Ender series. I enjoyed the Shadow series, but they were never as cerebral and great as the originals. This book was full of that punchy back and forth dialogue that was in Xenocide and Speaker for the Dead. Also, it filled in some critical answers to the Ender Universe.
If you have read the others, then you will, of course, read this one. If you haven't, do not start here.
Card has said that he writes these as if they are performances. The different voices and actors really make this great. It is totally an innovation for audiobooks. I love it.
I really like Card's comments at the end of the book. I appreciate being let in on the development of the books and what is coming up in the future.
236 Books an growing. Love my Books
OSC dose very well in this book.
I liked what happen to Been and his kids. Like 2 see another book on this
All of them but I would 2 see more of them
Hoooo yes but I wish it was a bigger book so that I could listen 2 more.
Need more actors playing more people in the book.
Shadows in Flight ranks in the upper half of all of the 800+ audiobooks I have read, but not in the upper echelon. The story does let me know more of what happened to Bean and his children after they were launched at light speed into space, but the story did not contain the magic spark that other Ender books contained.
Shadows in Flight compared favorably to Shadow of the Giant. After Bean and his afflicted children are sent into space at light speed, hoping for a cure for giantism, the reader wonders how that flight is going and if any progress is being made toward a cure. This book does advance one's knowledge of that information.
The narrators make all the difference in the enjoyment of books, in my opinion. I'd rather listen to an audiobook than read one any time.
This book was too technical to want to read in one sitting.
If you're a fan of the Shadow books, then this is something you've been waiting for for a while. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a letdown in that department. It's a good part 1, but I was expecting more.
I'd say the most disappointing thing about this story was how short it was and how the only truly significant event was an entirely foreseeable character death. I was also disappointed in Card's lack of attention to continuity, though I'm probably one of the few who would catch the error(s), given how many times I've listened to Ender's Shadow.
The narrators of this story (as with all of Card's books) were stupendous.
Yes, to reinforce the whole pictures in my mind.
It fits the tone, quality and detail of the whole Ender saga.
They really know their characters' motivation and personalities.
Ender's Trek- the Next Generation
Card's right; a short book is just fine with me. As long as there are more to come.......
Continuation of the Bean and Ender story is great and this story, while short certainly recaptured the best narration of how parents and their children relate over space and time and showed a complexity and depth to each of the characters. Stefan, Emily and Kirby narrated so well without trampling on the story as Scott Brick does.
Can't wait to hear the next one. Hopefully without the dramatic monotone of Mr. Brick.
Sargent for his complexity rather than just a portrayal as a militaristic bully.
Scott Brick's narrative style has caused me not to download any book that has him as the sole narrator.
While Scott's narrative style was not quite as drama queen in this story, as in the Herbert/Anderson Dune and too many other novels, he still makes a chapter he reads more about his special voice rather than the stories. His style of over dramatization with seething forced expressions and odd inflections on the last half of the sentence makes his reading seem more about his personal angst and anger rather than revealing the more subtle nuances that the author writes in.
Fortunately the other narrators of this story capture the dialog and essence of each character, letting Orson's vision shine through. Stefan Rudnicki remains one of the best at portraying character voices and letting the listener see the story come alive. Emily and Kirby also helped to make this story live despite Scott's heavy handed monotone. Scott should stick to reading eulogies.
Must read/listen for the Ender and beyond series.
Interesting to see things from a different point of view. New doors open that could be explored.
Really liked the narration. If you listend to the other books, you will be familiar with how this one is read.
Yes. It is not a long book, but opens some new doors.
A nice continuation of the Ender universe.
This story was too short. I know that this and the book after were originally supposed to be one book, but they should have kept it that way. Not much actually happens in this story and it seems forced at points. Also there is always too much talk about
The voice actors in this volume are the same as all other books in the series which is a huge plus. All give great performances.
Not to the theatre.
When I first heard about this story, it was reported that Shadows in Flight would finally connect the Ender saga and the Shadow books, but as it turns out, it's only about Bean and his kids. OSC apparently wanted the story of this book to be only the first part of that connecting novel, but he realized this story deserves to be told on its own (and I agree). Apparently Shadows Alive will be the follow-up that this one would've been. Despite my initial disappointment, this was a good story and it did have some new info (as opposed to Ender in Exile, which while fascinating, didn't add anything relevant to the Enderverse IMO).
The best part of the story is that it tells the rest of the tragic yet triumphant story of Julian Delphiki, and finishes his legacy. If nothing else, that makes this story worth reading.
I have listened to the narrators before in other OSC books, and I am particularly fond of Stefan Rudnicki and Scott Brick. They could read the Encyclopedia Brittanica and I'd be riveted. I couldn't tell which young lady was doing most of the POVs from Carlotta, but I had moments that it seemed to me that she was a little too bouncy or reading a little too fast for the gravitas of the situation, but overall she and the other narrators were good as always.
Yes, but I don't want to put any spoilers. I will just say that if you're a Bean fan and find it a little hard to get to the punch line in this book, just make it through to the end... I actually cried, both from sorrow and joy...
In the case of Bean's kids, I find their relationship to be too much like the Wiggin sibs to be truly original, but OSC is such a good author that even when he redoes the same theme again and again (which is rather often if you read most of his writing), he still manages to bring something new to the table. This book is a little on the short side, and while at first I thought that was somewhat of a ripoff, I am now glad that OSC didn't drag this one out just to get more hours out of it. Bean's story is tragically short, but full of events that have galactic repercussions, just like this novel.
For such an important conclusion to beans trials this book seems premature What happen between all the characters left on earth the trials of Bean raising his children Mr Card in an attempt to write a shorter book has skipped all the detail we looked for In his books
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