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
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
My favorite character was of course Ender, who is not the original Ender, but is Bean's son.
The narrators did a great job as always in the Ender series!
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
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.
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.
Excellent as always!
When Bean was able to stand and take a few steps, freed by the knowledge that his children would be OK.
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
The ending is definitely rushed and seemed a little too convenient.
Imaginative new insight on formic society is captivating but leaves you carving for interaction with Ender Wiggin.
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.
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.
As some have already noted this is a story that many have waited for, finding out what happened to Bean and his children. It is very well done and also showcases Orson Scott Card's wonderful story telling talent. Some have kind of complained that this story is too short,that it is only a novella, but isn't that the way sci-fi started out? Short, concise, and well done stories. A complete story doesn't have to be 900 pages long to be well done and complete. Mr. Card, goes back to his roots and old school sci-fi writing by masterfully telling this story in such a concise, without any fluff, way. It can be enjoyed in one satisfying sitting (which is such a rarity these days). It brings Bean's storyline to an end and it really wets the appetite for the book that is coming that will finally bring Bean's and Ender's storylines together.
This is a must read that I think will be enjoyed by most.
I love the other Ender books and Shadow books but this one I could have done without. I think we need to find out what happens to Bean and his children but this wasn't satisfying. What bothered me most was the hive queen on the Formix arc is dead; this makes no sense from what we know from other books. The hive queens don't die because other hive queens die; that's why they all gathered on one planet in Ender's Game. So why did this hive queen die??? And the thing with the male drones.....they aren't in any other book and they seem to really have no purpose, don't like them either. I don't recommend this book.
The story build up was great. But its only half a book. WIsh it wasn't full price.
Yes, but not audible. Paying full price for half a book is meh.
Great voice actors. Listening to the whole story and the acting is wonderful
Yes, is so far in that its only half the listening price.
Great short story!
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