Ender's Shadow

Version: Unabridged
Author: Orson Scott Card
Narrator: Scott Brick , Gabrielle De Cuir
Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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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 new 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....

Reviews (14)


Written by Anonymous from Cottonwood, AZ on October 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The entire cast and story is mesmerizing (although Sister Carlotta plods and drones). I loved the idea of hearing a familiar story from another person's interpretation. My favorite moments were the psychological ones when Bean figured out what was driving him to behave a certain way.

Juvie lit

Written by lorin from Highlands, NJ on November 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I would have loved this at 9 or 10. It is VERY young stuff. The plots are silly and forced. And Card's repeated tendency to write "well maybe he know that she knows. Or maybe he knows that she knows that he knows." OMG, it was so driving me crazy. If you are 10 and reading this review, go for it. Older than 10, don't waste your time.


Written by justin on July 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I did not read Ender's Game so maybe that is why I did not enjoy it. I found this book to be seriously lacking in many areas. Also I am in my late thirties. The plot of the story has potential and could have been interesting but the amount of holes in the characters personailties gets frustrating and booring after a while. The characters are simplistic. The author spends most of the book describing Bean's thoughts and reasoning and it is very redundant. No offence to anyone but for me this is at best for young teenagers. I did enjoy the start but wanted throw my Ipod in a puddle by the end.

The Story of Bean

Written by BKB from Adelanto, CA on December 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

In this volume, Card takes readers back to the origins of the small Dragon Army soldier Bean and his introduction into the Battle School. Not so much a sequel, this companion tale explores how the other children viewed Ender Wiggins and also what happened after he left the Battle School. The back story to Bean is fanatastic and Orson Scott Card brilliantly weaves a tale within a tale while setting the basis for a new series unto itself.


Written by Barb Gardner on November 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the first book to completely capture my imagination in ages! I loved the underlying truths fleshed out and applied -- such as family being the beginning of civilization; the deceptive trap of total control; the power of individual ability united, etc.


Written by Nikhil Rathod on October 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent narration! Excellent story, needless to say. It almost matches Ender's Game in quality. Far better than the ender sequels, I thought.

Truly Ender’s Shadow

Written by Gene Sheppard from Marietta, GA on October 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is as great a read/listen as Ender’s Game. Ender’s Shadow and Ender’s Game are bookend books. They complement each other very well. However, I highly recommend you pickup Ender’s Game first, despite Card’s statement about this being able to hold its own.

better than I imagined

Written by Jason Platt on September 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had been a fan of ender's game for a dozen years now, and hadn't read any of the sequels in fear that I would just despise them. But I couldn't hold back on this one. While listening I found myself debating which book was better. Game or Shadow. It puts a whole new spin and perspective on the classic novel and is actually written by the original author (which is sometimes unheard of). There is no doubt that Card's writing has grown since Ender's Game, but one could read either one of them with out being dissapointed. Highly enjoyable.

Well done

Written by Andy on August 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read Enders Game and loved it. Not sure what to expect here but was pleasantly surprised that even though you know the ending you held on to the end. I have a son on the autistic spectrum and a glimpse into the workings of how someone like that may process information (as an adult not as a 5 year old). Recommended reading for anyone going into the military or a military buff, same with Enders Game (and Starship Troopers). Card does a good job of breaking down the philosophy behind strategy and in the end military strategy is simple if looked at in the big enough picture. It is in getting down the execution level where the challenges get exceedingly difficult. Hope you like is as much as I did. P.S. - the bonus interview is also exceptional. Looking forward to the movie.

A good start

Written by Big Jeff on June 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As with the other reviewers, it was my excitement about Ender's game that made me want to pick this book up. You can't really view this as a sequel to "Ender" as Bean's story is contemporaneous and overlapping with that of Ender's. The 2 points of view to the same events offered by the 2 books is a very interesting contrast, and I found Bean's life and story more interesting than Ender's. I'd say read/listen to "Ender's Game" first if you you're thinking of investing the time in the whole "Shadow" series, then "Shadow of the Hegemon", "Shadow Puppets", and lastly, "Shadow of the Giant". If I have any criticism of the book it's that Bean's genius is just too "right on target" all the time. It is much more akin to educated guessing than deductive logic. Very much worth the listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Card, Orson Scott

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author of numerous genres.

Card's launch in the publishing industry was with science fiction (Hot Sleep and Capitol) and later fantasy (Songmaster). He remains best known for the seminal Ender's Game, which has been among the most popular sci-fi novels ever since its publication in 1985. Both Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were awarded both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the first author to win both of sci-fi's top prizes in consecutive years.

He has since branched out into contemporary fiction, such as , Treasure Box and Enchantment. Other works demonstrating his versatility include the novelization of the James Cameron film The Abyss, the alternate histories The Tales of Alvin Maker and Pastwatch, and Robota, a collaboration with Star Wars artist Doug Chiang.

His writing is dominated by detailed characterization and moral issues. As Card says, "We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness�the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction."

Some of his novels, for example Stone Tables, about the life of the Biblical prophet Moses; his Women of Genesis trilogy; The Folk Of The Fringe stories; and Saints, about Latter-day Saint pioneers, have explicit religious themes. In his other writings, the influence of his Mormon beliefs is less obvious; Card's Homecoming and Alvin Maker sagas are partly retellings of the Book of Mormon and the life of LDS founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

Card was born in Richland, Washington; raised in California, Arizona, and Utah; served an LDS mission in Brazil; graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah; and now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He and his wife Kristine are the parents of five children: Geoffrey (a published author in his own right), Emily (who adapted his short story "A Sepulchre of Songs" to the stage in Posing as People), Charlie Ben, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa. The children are named for the authors Chaucer, Bront� and Dickinson, Dickens, Mitchell, and Alcott.

In addition to his novels and short stories, Card has had an active career as a nonfiction writer. During the 1980s he wrote many technical articles and columns, primarily for Compute!'s Gazette and Ahoy!, two magazines covering Commodore microcomputers. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks Card began to write a weekly "War Watch" (later renamed "World Watch") column for the Greensboro Rhino Times which is archived on Card's website.