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4.28114285714286 out of 54.28114285714286 out of 54.28114285714286 out of 54.28114285714286 out of 54.28114285714286 out of 5 4.28 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: De Cuir Gabrielle, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, A Full Cast Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shadow Saga Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593976651
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Welcome to Battleschool. 

Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn't hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. If Bean has learned anything on the streets, it's how to survive. And not with fists. He is way too small for that. But with brains.

Bean is a genius with a magician's ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness.

What better quality for a future general to lead the Earth in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander - Ender Wiggins - perhaps his only true rival.

Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now. Ender's Shadow is the book that launched The Shadow Series, and the parallel novel to Orson Scott Card's science fiction classic, Ender's Game.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell--once for Ender's Game, and again for his stand-alone ‘parallel novel.' 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 (starred review) on Ender's Shadow

  • An absorbing, near-flawless performance. Kirkus
  • The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages. Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
  • An exceptional work. School Library Journal
  • I've saved my favorite for last; if you loved Ender's Game, you will go nuts for these fantastic full-cast recordings. Examiner.com on Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow

  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 1986
  • Winner of Nebula Awards - Winner, 1985
  • Winner of ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JKinPA | 2/2/2017

    " Big fan of all the Ender's books. This one related to Bean is on par with all the rest. I go back every so often to the series and it does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrey Sverdlichenko | 2/15/2014

    " A little bit simple and author can't decide if character was strangled or stabbed, but still interesting. Reminds me of Niven, giving interpretation of same events from different characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/28/2014

    " FANTASTIC! I must admit, I'm VERY jealous of the ingeniousness that went into this story. Though of course there is always a flaw somewhere, Ender's Shadow will not be know for any flaw it MAY have, it will be known for its surprising insight into the workings of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paco Orozco | 1/25/2014

    " I've enjoyed a lot. I've read it after "Ender's Game" and It's a very diferent point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serge Pierro | 1/22/2014

    " This book is probably just as good as "Ender's Game". I found Bean to be a more interesting character than Ender, so this book was one that I was looking forward to reading - and I was not disappointed. Card's parallel telling of the tale from a different perspective is quite fascinating and not redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Farley | 1/21/2014

    " After being disappointed in the later books in the Ender series, I was pleasantly surprised with the Shadow series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allan | 1/11/2014

    " Similar to Ender's Game but from a different character's perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 1/9/2014

    " Even better than the first one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lluke | 12/24/2013

    " interesting concept and good read, the teacher interaction are probably my favourite parts... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl W. | 12/22/2013

    " An excellent complement to "Ender's Game." If you read one, you really ought to read the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 11/30/2013

    " Everybody thinks they're the smartest person in the room, which gets annoying quickly. But I'm still curious to know what happens. Dang it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Herrington | 11/12/2013

    " I may have liked this more than Ender's Game. This book proved to me that Orson Scott Card is one of the master science-fiction writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/6/2013

    " Love these books. Great characters, good storyline, well developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 9/23/2013

    " If you liked Ender's Game, you will most likely love Ender's Shadow. At least I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Telma | 6/22/2013

    " Parallel to Ender's Game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/15/2013

    " I liked this almost as much as I liked the first book in the series. Love Bean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham Caywood | 5/22/2013

    " Fantastic. Not quite as great as Ender's Game, but just as entertaining, and possibly more emotionally satisfying. Bean is a fantastic character, tragic, yet an incredible person. Definitely someone I can't wait to follow into the next stage of his life - his 7-year old life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 4/3/2013

    " Ender's Game really isn't complete without this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 7/27/2012

    " Good, but doesn't live up to the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Mallory | 1/24/2012

    " Great retelling of the same events from Ender's Game. Loved meeting Bean and seeing more of his genius. Can't decide who I'm more interested in reading about next. Ender or Bean. Already ordered Shadow of the Hegemon. So I guess I've already decided. How do you pronounce "hegemony?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 12/2/2011

    " Brent and Joe loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 8/9/2011

    " This is a perfect book to follow a reading of Enders Game. At first, I was skeptical, but the "same" story from a different perspective was even more compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mochicake | 8/8/2011

    " Should've probably been two stars but I added one for a very entertaining and well-paced beginning and the book's general idea itself - which I find to be very cool. Other than that, the Christian overtones were so unnecessary and Bean's character inconsistent and not very likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/8/2011

    " It keeps the quality of the game! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 5/23/2011

    " I liked that this book focused mainly on the development of one character. While the plot was interesting, it definitely wasn't the highlight of the book. That came as Ender's character was molded and changed through the challenges that he faced. Very intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " I fell in love with Ender. Read all of the books about him & enjoyed all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martinxo | 5/22/2011

    " enjoyable read, the writing was a little turgid at times but still fun. Looking forward to the rest of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 5/20/2011

    " Somehow I missed this book as a young adult and listened to it on CD over several long car trips with my husband. We were both enthralled and was glad to catch up on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/20/2011

    " I tend to avoid sci-fi in general, because I find that I am seldom persuaded by it. Orson Scott Card is the exception. His grasp of detail and storytelling draw me in, almost despite myself. This book is a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/20/2011

    " I tried really hard to finish this book, but I just couldn't. Definitley not my style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 5/19/2011

    " I really liked the first part of this book, but at the end I was sort of lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/19/2011

    " I was absolutely inspired by this book. As much as I love Anne of Green Gables, I love a good political story with interesting characters and events. Fortunately for me, I am fairly child-like, so I didn't expect the outcome that occurred. It made it even more thrilling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/18/2011

    " one of my all time favorite sci fi type book....not thrilled with the rest, but love the paralel ones "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 5/18/2011

    " I've always loved this book. First read it as a kid, recently started re-reading the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/18/2011

    " This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Card creates such a terrifyingly realistic utopian society and uses children to reveal true humanity. Ender is one of the best characters ever written. A must read. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrators

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.