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Shadow of the Giant

The Shadow Series (Volume 4)

Orson Scott Card; Read by David Birney, Scott Brick and cast

Macmillan Audio

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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SHADOW OF THE GIANT (Chapter 1: MANDATE OF HEAVEN)

 

Han Tzu waited until the armored car was completely out of sight before he ventured out into the bicycle-and-pedestrian-packed street. Crowds could make you invisible, but only if you were moving in the same direction, and that's the thing Han Tzu had never really been able to do, not since he came home to China from Battle School.

He always seemed to be moving, not upstream, but crossways. As if he had a completely different map of the world from the one everyone around him was using.

And here he was again, dodging bikes

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  • Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Shadow of the Giant. This book, the fourth in Card's Shadow Series, continues the story of Bean, one of the most fascinating characters from Card's sci-fi classic, Ender's Game. 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. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School.

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“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

“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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Orson Scott Card; Read by David Birney, Scott Brick and cast

  • ORSON SCOTT CARD is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender’s Shadow, of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender’s Game. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
    Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Scott choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama. Scott first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, AudioFile magazine named Scott a Golden Voice and “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy.” He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert’s bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. He has also won over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards. In 2007, Scott was named Publishers Weekly’s Narrator of the Year. David Birney is an award-winning actor and director. He has also starred in many television films, among them Love and Betrayal, Long Journey Home, The Deadly Game, High Midnight, and The Champions. His extensive stage credits include starring roles on Broadway and major roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, New York's Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre and numerous regional theatres. His audiobook credits include narrating several Orson Scott Card books as well as reading for several AudioFile Earphones Award winning titles.
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    Shadow of the Giant

    The Shadow Series

    Orson Scott Card; Read by David Birney, Scott Brick and cast

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