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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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  • Robert
  • SPRING VALLEY, CA, United States
  • 02-14-12

Very good story get it

Where does Shadows in Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

OSC dose very well in this book.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked what happen to Been and his kids. Like 2 see another book on this

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

All of them but I would 2 see more of them

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

Hoooo yes but I wish it was a bigger book so that I could listen 2 more.

Any additional comments?

Need more actors playing more people in the book.

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Good, but not great

Where does Shadows in Flight rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

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.

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

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.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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

This book was too technical to want to read in one sitting.

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  • Brooks
  • REPUBLIC, MO, United States
  • 02-13-12

Long Time Coming, Somewhat of a Letdown

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

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

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.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators of this story (as with all of Card's books) were stupendous.

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Latest OSC book is just right.

Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

Yes, to reinforce the whole pictures in my mind.

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

It fits the tone, quality and detail of the whole Ender saga.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They really know their characters' motivation and personalities.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ender's Trek- the Next Generation

Any additional comments?

Card's right; a short book is just fine with me. As long as there are more to come.......

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  • Dennis
  • Martinsburg, WV, United States
  • 02-13-12

Great listen other than Scott Brick's chapters

What made the experience of listening to Shadows in Flight the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sargent for his complexity rather than just a portrayal as a militaristic bully.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

Must read/listen for the Ender and beyond series.

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Good, but not great

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

Interesting to see things from a different point of view. New doors open that could be explored.

What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

Really liked the narration. If you listend to the other books, you will be familiar with how this one is read.

Was Shadows in Flight worth the listening time?

Yes. It is not a long book, but opens some new doors.

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  • Andrew
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 02-13-12

Shadows in Flight

What did you like best about Shadows in Flight? What did you like least?

A nice continuation of the Ender universe.

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

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

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

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.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not to the theatre.

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Not what I expected (which is good and bad)

What did you love best about Shadows in Flight?

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).

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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

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.

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

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...

Any additional comments?

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.

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Bean deserved more

Any additional comments?

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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  • Paul
  • Roy, Utah, United States
  • 02-13-12

A Fitting End

Enjoyed the conclusion to a great character...wish their could have been a Disney style ending. But this is Scott Card, and he can be as raw and moving in much more real ways...even in science fiction. Bean showed to be true to himself and those he loved, which moved me and kept the pace of the story moving along.