Ender's Shadow

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 28,533 ratings

Ender's Shadow 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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    • Ender's Shadow

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,372
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,418

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally Card

    • By L. on 10-10-05

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 2

    • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,004
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,338
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, poor transfer

    • By Michael Kowalski on 09-24-08

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 3

    • Shadow Puppets

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,791
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,393
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,419

    Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

    Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The usually exciting Enderverse gets tedious

    • By Kadi on 08-16-12

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 4

    • Shadow of the Giant

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,487
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126

    Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enderverse

    • By Joe on 06-13-05

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 5

    • Shadows in Flight

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,387
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Build Up, and then Just Ends

    • By Monee on 01-21-13

    Regular price: $20.99