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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: David Birney, Scott Brick, A Full Cast Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shadow Saga Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9781593976613
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Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School.

For Earth was at war - a terrible war with an inscrutable alien enemy. A war that humanity was near to losing. But the long distances of interstellar space has given hope to the defenders of Earth - they had time to train military geniuses up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School. That story is told in two books, Orson Scott Card's beloved classic Ender's Game, and its parallel, Ender's Shadow. Now, in Shadow of the Giant, Bean's story continues.

Bean was the smallest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggins' right hand, Since then he 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 and his wife Petra yearn 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. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.

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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
  • The publishing equivalent of a Star Wars blockbuster. New York Daily News on Ender's Shadow

  • “The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology. USA Today

  • This Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel is given award-winning treatment as an audiobook.... ENDER'S GAME offers outstanding production and first-rate narration. Don't miss it. AudioFile on Ender's Game
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Schaffer | 2/20/2014

    " In my mind, a perfect ending to a perfect series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Coram | 2/11/2014

    " I liked it a lot! Not much else to say other than it being another solid book in the series. I do like how he makes each one a possible conclusion, but leaves it open enough to continue afterwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/18/2014

    " In this series, Card seems to slide into geo-political themes ala Tom Clancy, and use those themes to tell the story of his cast. And the saga continues... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heathermommy | 1/13/2014

    " oh poor Bean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymon | 12/30/2013

    " Another good book by Orson Scott Card. However, this one didn't seem as strong as the others. I seemed that he was trying to wrap things up too nicely and too perfectly at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Sorensen | 12/20/2013

    " A solid continuation of the Giant series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/20/2013

    " Fantastic of course. :) But part of the story is still missing, Orson Scott Card...that had better be fixed before long... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 10/25/2013

    " Reread all of the Bean books in January. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Long | 8/24/2013

    " MORE, I WANT MORE BEAN! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denar | 8/16/2013

    " The series come down to a full circle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/6/2013

    " I like how most of the loose ends were wrapped up. Nice that one is left so another book can be written. Love Bean! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Blackburn | 4/21/2013

    " Very touching at the end, but whatever happened to Bean adn the three other children? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/15/2013

    " Last good book in this series, it seems. Good stopping point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjiv Raj | 11/25/2012

    " Peace "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/8/2012

    " A good read - especially if you loved the Ender's Saga as much as I did. Not something I will reresd over and over again like I did Ender's Game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 3/21/2012

    " I wanted to cry during parts of this book. It was really good, very well written and also very sad. I guess in some ways I'm still not resigned to just how the book turned out. Maybe because I was so attached to all the characters? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2012

    " I *heart* Peter Wiggin. He's a bastard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic | 8/19/2011

    " now they just get sappy. What is this, a love story? wait, it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 7/10/2011

    " My favorite book of the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 5/19/2011

    " My only complaint is that I wish Bean had taken his whole family with him at the end. Kind of bitter sweet but for me it was more bitter than sweet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 5/9/2011

    " I'm still interested in the characters but it got very preachy. Ordinary Scott card *really* wants everyone to have babies, a lot if them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 5/5/2011

    " I loved the ending, but I also hated it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 4/28/2011

    " One of the best books I have read. This series may be better then Star Wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/26/2011

    " Very political, the characters seem distant and I couldn't get involved emotionally in any of the outcomes. Still interesting, but too dependent on knowledge of the others books in the Ender series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2011

    " I like how most of the loose ends were wrapped up. Nice that one is left so another book can be written. Love Bean! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 4/4/2011

    " I HATED that the ending left things unfinished!!!! What about the psycho with little Achille? AGGHHH "

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

    " This book was ok, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the earlier books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 3/22/2011

    " Really good ending...Makes me sad that I have read all the Ender-verse books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 3/6/2011

    " Wonderful book with amazing closure of the series. I could not have thought of a better ending myself. Also, he left it a little open for another book but very very fine closure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 3/3/2011

    " I just LOVE this series!! Kind of sad I'm about finished... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Braden | 1/29/2011

    " I enjoy the shadow series more than the actual Ender saga. Bean is awesome and contrary to my father I am team Petra "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2011

    " Bean is the most amazing character. This series is the kind you wish would never end, because the characters become part of your life. "

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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

David Birney is an American actor and director whose career performances include both contemporary and classical roles in theater, film and television. He has recorded numerous audiobook bestsellers, including works by Dean Koontz, Paul Theroux, Annie Dillard, Thomas Kenneally, and Orson Scott Card. His reading of Julie Salomon’s The Christmas Tree was honored with the prestigious Audie Award and has also been the recipient of several AudioFile Earphone Awards.

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.