Bestselling author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth and The Shadow Series. Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School. But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future. Shadow Puppets is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.
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by Orson Scott Card
by Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
"SHADOW PUPPETS tracks the fortunes of a handful of Card's characters as they navigate the sociopolitical landscape after the Formic Wars. David Birney's voice sounds purposely fatigued, beautifully conveying world leader Peter Wiggin's frustrated resignation, and Stefan Rudnicki's clipped, low baritone is perfect for the cloak-and-dagger email correspondence that bookends the chapters. Gabrielle de Cuir expertly handles both accents and emotion, although her voice is wistful to the point of melancholy and occasionally seems inappropriate to Petra's fiery character. Of the four narrators, Scott Brick soars above the rest. He tackles the Bean chapters with the youthful cynicism and passion that Bean embodies in this book, capturing the character's voice with wonderful precision. These four narrators come together to create a wholly satisfying and engrossing listening experience. A.H.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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