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Shadows in Flight | [Orson Scott Card]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Chance CHANDLER, AZ, United States 01-22-12
    Chance CHANDLER, AZ, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lack of detail"

    I have read many of Orson Scott Cards books and all of the shadow series. I am used to a fairly consistent level of detail in the stories but I felt like this one was an outlier. At the end of the book Orson talks about the shorter format and states it was somewhat of an experiment to see if a story could fit into a cheaper book but I would say the results are negative.
    It was difficult to connect with the story in such a short time frame and I am quite certain that it could have been a meaningful book had it been developed deeply.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Juan R. 01-17-15
    Juan R. 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "way too short "

    loved the story.....but way to short......kinda like getting punched in the stomach when it ends.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Idaho Falls, ID, United States 01-06-15
    Jeanette Idaho Falls, ID, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a cheerful person. I am plagued by nightmares, so I don't want to read books about scary and violent plots. I like wholesome books.

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    "This is not a gentle book"
    Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the story. The character do a lot of growing. I felt like I grew along with them.


    What other book might you compare Shadows in Flight to and why?

    There is a whole lot of excellent dialogue. I enjoyed that.
    Another book that has lots of above average dialogue is "My Family and other Animals" by Durrell, Gerald, but "My Family..." is a delightful comedy. I guess some of the bantering is similar to Shadows in Flight. Shadows... is almost a tragedy throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I am grateful for the way it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick S. 01-03-15
    Nick S. 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As always very well read"

    All the books in the enders universe are always amazing and always fantastic, have listened to many times

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    MStaver 09-17-14
    MStaver 09-17-14
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Regalado MERCED, CA, US 09-10-14
    Edward Regalado MERCED, CA, US 09-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great HALF BOOK"
    What did you like best about Shadows in Flight? What did you like least?

    The story build up was great. But its only half a book. WIsh it wasn't full price.


    Would you recommend Shadows in Flight to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not audible. Paying full price for half a book is meh.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Great voice actors. Listening to the whole story and the acting is wonderful


    Was Shadows in Flight worth the listening time?

    Yes, is so far in that its only half the listening price.


    Any additional comments?

    Great short story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 02-27-14
    Ryan 02-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible ending to a fantastic series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is full of nonsensical babble and a lack of excitement. I found it terribly difficult to relate to any of the characters. This was a surprise because the "Shadow" series has been my favorite of the Ender Universe. I found Bean to be the most diverse and unpredictable of Card's characters which made for such excellent story telling. This book lacks all the redeeming qualities of its predecessors and leaves you bored throughout its entirety. I was about ¾ through the book when I finally called it quits and decided to stop wasting my time. I recommend you leave this one alone..


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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 02-09-14
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "I didn't realize I liked Bean this much."

    Hello. I am a fan of fantasy books but I often delve into the scifi genre, especially when Orseon Scott Card is the author. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and the sequels involving Ender and Valentine. I stayed away from the other books involving Peter the Hegemon and Bean because they didn't involve Ender, at least not directly. Boy, was I wrong to do so. I sampled the free preview for this book and found myself wanting to know more. I really enjoyed this book and although I wish it had ended differently (I won't say how because I don't reveal spoilers) butI'm hoping in the future Mr Card will continue on with this story line. It is not Ender but it is enjoyable in its own right. The characters pull you in and as always, the author's writing style keeps you reading. Often I plan on spending maybe 30 miuntes but end up putting it down 2 hours later. Card's talent shines throughout this book.

    If you like Ender and his "universe", you will enjoy this book. One thing I think I should add.....I didn't read the previous (I think it was 3) books in this series and I didn't feel I missed out on anything in this book because of it. Sure, I would have known more of the back story if I had read the earlier books and sometime I will go back and read them because as the Title above states, I didn't realize I liked Bean this much.

    Thanks
    --Wesley

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 12-23-13
    Matthew 12-23-13
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    I've read most of orson scott card's work,
    While I have enjoyed his stories this and ender in exile seem to be greater delivery devices for his right wing conservative view points and at times I felt like he was getting a bit preachy. Additionally this in particular felt a bit rushed towards the end and the use of plastid control of gene expression felt a bit deus ex machina, in part because it felt like card din't really get it himself so he hashed it in to solve a plot problem without actually making the effort to integrate anything into the story.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    rushed ending
    preachy


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    ender


    Did Shadows in Flight inspire you to do anything?

    nope


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    Anniepoo Indiana 09-07-13
    Anniepoo Indiana 09-07-13 Member Since 2012

    just myself

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    "Halfway there (or less?)"

    Production is better than the earlier books. Story reaches a conclusion, but there is obviously much more story to tell. Shorter than I would like, but not as short as I feared. Note to the author: I don't want to save money on impulse purchases with books in an established storyline; I want a full, rich, engaging story with multiple arcs and the continuation or completion of plotlines yet left unfinished or foreshadowed from prior books. Note to the producers: Thank you for not having annoying poor music interludes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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