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Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card

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The novel that launched the bestselling Ender's Shadow series-available for the first time on unabridged digital audio 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 Ender's Shadow, 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....



  • I've been eagerly anticipating the release of 'Ender's Shadow' in an unabridged format. I'm grateful that you made it available. I was really excited about diving into the Bean Series, but I didn't want to begin with a condensed version.
  • In 'Ender's Shadow', we get to experience Bean's journey alongside Ender's. Bean, the smallest and brightest member of Ender's team, shares a compelling story of survival, loyalty, and the true essence of friendship. Determined to alleviate some of Ender's burden and desperately attempting to save the world, Bean, a child warrior with exceptional intelligence, commands respect even from his instructors. This alternative perspective on Ender's tale provides a captivating insight into the mind of another remarkable child. I thoroughly enjoyed this rendition of the story.
  • I never thought it would be possible to completely ruin the character of Bean, but this book somehow manages to accomplish just that. It portrays him as an all-knowing sociopath, completely disregarding the essence of his character as portrayed in the original novel. As a result, he often behaves out of character, leading to a reading experience that can only be described as mediocre fan fiction. The writing itself is very sloppy, and the narrative takes numerous convenient shortcuts in order to progress the story, attempting to bridge the gap between the Ender-focused plot and the godlike Bean we encounter here. Unfortunately, this approach fell flat for me, and to be honest, I cannot consider it as a true continuation of the original novel that I hold dear.