This second episode of the "Shadow" story was wonderful; however, there are several very poor splices where the editors attempted to either insert or replace a word with "hegemon". It was very sloppy and poorly done. Almost every time it occurred, it was a terrible distraction from the performance. Very much like reading a line of dialog that contains an obvious grammatical error "... she laid her head down to reset ..." (Right spelling, wrong word)
This book, like all Orson Scott Card's books that I have read until now is amazingly good. Also, like all of his other books, it is very profound. He managed to create such wonderful characters. if I say anymore I will give away spoilers...
This is one of my favorite books, ever, that I've read a million times before listening to the audiobook.
The main two narrators are fine, but the third one has this wobbly, trembly voice who keeps adding stutters to the speech to characters that are supposed to be confident and arrogant. It just doesn't fit, it's kind of annoying to listen too, and just completely brings you out of the story.
They must have done something wrong in the production (pronounced hegemon wrong) because they have added new recordings on top of the old one replacing choice words and the editing has been done very poorly.
Other than that the story is what I have come to expect of Orson and I enjoyed it.
I almost did not get this because of all the bad reviews. However, I did, and there are some issues with the recording but, they are no where near as bad as the reviews make them out to be. they don't really affect the story. Great story, Performance was great, as it is with all the stores in the Shadow and Ender series.
Am always intrigued by the detail other other cultures, locations, and history. The narration, although very skillful, was distracting over the overlay of voice-overs correcting the word "hegemon." Also, this takes place a couple centuries in the future, but any historical reference, like comparing Achilles to Stalin or Hitler, makes it sound like nothing political happened in the 22nd century. The author could have fun creating some future history to fill the gap.
Then I got to chapter 7 and 8. Dont get this book. Dont get the next books. Buy the book in physical form or on the Kindle.
The story was excellent as was to be expected from this series and author. However, it was almost unbearable to listen to due to the poor quality of audio and terrible edits and re-records correcting mispronunciation of words. The most common of which was an overdub of the word Hegemon throughout the recording. Made me cringe each time. This work deserves a better production!
The musical interludes have been hokey throughout the series but were tolerable. In this book they appear to be written by a circa 1994 cell phone ring tone writer and performed on an out of tune children's toy.
There were various recording qualities and some obvious mispronunciations that were hastily and poorly recorded over. This was unforgivable and pulled me out of the story every time. I feel this would be ok in a free title but for $20+ I would expect more. I would love a refund for this.