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Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shadow Saga Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781427215697
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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.

Shadows in Flight is the fifth novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries…does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult…. Card makes the important point that there's always more than one side to every issue. Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution. Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Shadow of the Giant

  • Shadow of the Giant is a fitting and satisfying continuation to the Ender series, although it is not a conclusion. Card...seems to indicate that he will at some point return to follow Bean's family and the other Battle School Children as they expand throughout the galaxy. SF
  • Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high...paves the way for further Ender-Bean developments; and leaves his readers eagerly awaiting them. Booklist on Shadow Puppets

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/12/2014

    " I read out of order... dag-nab-it! Still a really good read. I love all of Card's books I've read so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 2/5/2014

    " After the disappointment of "Ender in Exile" I approached this book skeptically. The skepticism was needed. The book proved to be a natural extension of the "Ender's Shadow" series that ties some lose ends but leave enough open for Card's fabled final book of the series. While his attempt at revisiting young Ender win "Ender in Exile" was a failure, he does not disappoint in this deep and adventurous novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 doug | 1/25/2014

    " It was somewhat interesting, but it felt very incomplete and a little exploitative. I really expected a lot more for the cost, but I didn't even feel like it delivered a solid novella. It did at least give a nice conclusion to Bean's story, although I'm not sure it really needed more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. | 12/12/2013

    " A great little read... I say 'little' because I read it in a day. It's not as extensive as previous Ender sagas are, but still brings some good information to the Formics table. I learned more about the Buggers than I've ever known before, as well as finally finding out what happened to Bean and his children. I'm glad I picked this baby up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 11/10/2013

    " the last bean book resolved all the characters and the plot. there was an open end, but one that didn't desperately need filling. why did we even bother? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mara | 11/4/2013

    " OSC's imagination has closed along with his mind. There was so much that could have been done with these characters, and instead this book could hardly make an interesting one hour television show. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 11/2/2013

    " Pretty disappointing to me. 300 pages of a lot of nothing then an anticlimactic end. I had hoped for better for Bean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 9/12/2013

    " A short book, the introduced characters are durned similar to the characters from previous books - resurrection? The story itself is okay, and well written. Between 3 and 4 stars, round up for the appropriate length. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 6/26/2013

    " Interesting filler story, imagine it could be a nice frame work to build a novel from. The characters seemed to be just slices of other more fleshed out characters from the Enderverse. I will have to check out the longer version shortly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/28/2013

    " Another let-down from Card. Paper-thin characters that are repeats of past young geniuses in the series, no action, and an unfortunate focus on philosophy and biology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/10/2013

    " Hmmm, I think I missed a few books in-between.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah | 12/6/2012

    " It had its moments but in general was typical, masturbatory Carding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/15/2012

    " Basically an expanded novella concluding the Ender cycle (actually, the Bean cycle). Pulls the pieces together nicely. A good ending, not entirely expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karina | 4/22/2012

    " I read this about a week ago, and it's not particularly memorable. It's short. Entertaining, but I rather wish Card would write the sequels to his more recent series that I'm more excited about right now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 2/26/2012

    " Not the thing I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/24/2011

    " A satisfying conclusion to the Shadow series, but so short! "

About the Author

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

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.