Shadow of the Giant

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2005
12 hours 26 minutes
The Ender Saga continues with Shadow of the Giant, which parallels the events of Ender's Game from a different character’s point of view.

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.


Ender series
Ender’s Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile / Children of the Fleet

Ender’s Shadow series
Ender’s Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens

The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
The Swarm / The Hive

Ender novellas
A War of Gifts / First Meetings
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Tad G.

Great book. Great readers

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Amanda B.

Ender series and the shadow series are my favorite book series. nothing has topped them yet.

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There is no other writer like Card. We could do worse than study his books (especially the Ender series) for tips on how to run the world in a rational and moral way.

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Angie Teal

This is another book in the Bean saga and actually I like it more than the Ender Books. Since the Bean subseries (Shadow Series) are playing out on Earth after the bugger war, they are important for understanding the Ender Books out in the colonies. Not only is Bean an interesting and lovable character, but you find out a lot about the rest of the battle school boys and the hegemon. Also the audio is done very well, with different voices and narrators. I actually looked forward to my commute.

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Gene Sheppard

Great insight into Ender’s world. Not very exiting and a long drawn out story.

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A good addition to a great series (although some consider the Ender books and Bean books to be two series). Though the original "Enders Game" is still my favorite, this book was very enjoyable. The use of multiple readers was also welcome. Anyone reading this series should make sure to read them in the proper order.

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The audio book version is very well done, with several narators and some sound effects making the book a treat to listen to. As for the book itself, as many of you following the saga have probably noticed , the story has been dragging now for quite some time. It appears that Orson Card ran out of ideas a while ago , but did not want to left the saga unfinished.

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This series keeps getting better. It's long, but there's not a slow moment and Bean keeps getting more lovable. Just plain fun all the way through. Hope there's another one soon. I was disappointed in the later Ender books. Wish they'd been more like these about Bean and the rest of the Jeesh.

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Cathryn Cary

I love Orson Scott Card, and I was not disappointed by this book. I was glued to my speakers. I have been waiting for a while to understand how Peter becomes the Hegemon. Really good book, and the narrators were good overall.

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