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Publisher's Summary

The human race is at war with the "Buggers", an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth, they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender.

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©1999 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"An exceptional work." (School Library Journal)
"An absorbing, near-flawless performance." (Kirkus)
"As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic, yet hopeful, wondrous and strange." (Publishers Weekly)

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The best from Enders series

Who ever read Enders game has to read this one.
One thing, some time a man narrate a women... Puzzeling

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Great Book

Reading his books in order and this probably has to be my favorite since enders game. always neat to see a different perspective of the story.

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As always

As always Orson Scott Card's books are fantastic and the detailed performance was amazing. I fully recommend any of the Audiobooks.

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really good book <br />

a story of the Ender's Game from little bean's perspective 5 star book including bean's story

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Emotional

And there is a shadow was an emotional roller coaster where you find yourself both in love with and hating Bean the entire time. Well written sir!

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This book is brilliant

This book's plot are brilliant, with a very fine performance as well, however, the books description of certain things are not very well.

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Good

Bean's plot was little predictable but all in all this book was very entertaining and nice addition to the enders game

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Complimentary to enders game

Read both. The world will be more complete, trust me. The movie is also tied to both books.

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As good as Enders Game

I loved it. The audio book format was perfect. Really enjoyed it as much as the original Enders Game. Nicely done!

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Touching and compelling

The whole cast narration was by far the most interesting and easily listened to I have ever experienced. The story of Bean was heart wrenching for this mother. It was the kind of a story that I am grateful my son read when he was in middle school. He introduced Ender and Bean to me at the beginning of a long drive. I am now looking for excuses to take long drive to continue with the next book. Salute to Orson Scott Card for a masterful composition.