This is a pretty enjoyable continuing story of Bean and Petra and the other battle school kids. As far as the story goes, it is likely to be where I part ways with the series as it becomes more involved with themes that interest me less, as happened with follow-ups to Ender's Game.
As to the production, the performers were good, with only a couple of annoyingly mispronounced words. There is some strange editing in one scene in which one word appears to have been patched or dubbed in a couple of times in a very peculiar, almost mechanical voice. It should not have passed into the final product.
The music is embarrassingly bad and does not contribute to the overall production. It sounds like a seventh grader fooling around on the instrument effects on his electronic keyboard. They should have left it out.
The story and performance of said story were both great, with two minor issues. The first is that most chapters have the same narrator speaking all roles, while others switch roles with different narrators. The second and only reason for the lack of 5 stars was the forced change of some key words. If I remember the original book. The words president or king or monarch were changed to Hedgemon by different narrators in mid sentence. I hope they either return those words back to the originals or have the original narrators voiceover those lines or reread those sentences and edit them in more fluidly.
Overall I still love the books and will continue on now to the next story.
This book does a great job to parallel Orson's book, Ender In Exile. It does it so well, that I am compelled to reread Ender In Exile, while having a better understanding of the Enders Game universe.
Loving the Bean series and this story continues to show Beans military genius as well as his overall brilliance. The quality of the recording really detracts from the story. "Hegemon" is said differently like from a different recording. Everything sounds like it is in a tin can and muffled. Seriously, the quality is a joke.
So first all, the Ender's Game series is incredible. Listen to this book if you haven't yet! Just as for this particular book in the series, the audio of the voice actors was of a lower quality than the previous ones. There was also rerecorded audio bits placed here and there to fix the pronunciation of "Hegemon" which was more bothersome than just letting the original voice actors pronounce it incorrectly. That's the only complaint I have. Otherwise, it's a fantastic book in the series.
I heard this book before and was a must have for my own audible collection. Good story and overall a must have for and enders game fan who does not have it...
honestly I will say the voice actors do a surpurb job bringing these stories to life
great book, but i wish the voice talents would all sit down together and agree on the pronunciation of the words we're not used to hearing aloud. they all got "hegemon" wrong (though scott brick's mispronunciations were obviously rerecorded). Similarly with the character "Achilles". oh well. definitely worth listening to anyways.
The editing left awkward pauses in the middle of phrases and some words were cut off before they were finished.
This story has the same analytical nature of Ender's Shadow.
The narrators would pronounce the same name differently, and whenever they were about to say "hegemon" a different person would cut in to say it completely breaking the flow of the reading.
I had read the book years before listening to this reading of it, and I loved reading it. Overall the performances are great, the narrators are well chosen, but the rough editing and inconsistent pronunciation make it a mere SHADOW of the actual book.
The audio in some parts of this book is distorted and seems like they just deleted some words and recorded over them, which would have been fine if it wasn't a different person and sounded so obvious and annoying. I've read many books in this series and this is the only one that has given me any trouble. Like always the story is amazing!