As with the rest of the books in the Ender/Shadow sagas, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the performances from each of the readers. The story very clearly picked up where Ender's Shadow left off. That said, DO NOT read/listen to this series out of order! This is a true-to-form series of books in which each book builds on the story from the previous one.
However, the entire book sounded muffled compared to the others in the series. I think others have already commented on this. I was pretty distracted several times by drastic shifts in audio quality. I can't remember the exact chapters, but when it would happen it sounded as if someone tripped and fell on the volume controls.
I still highly recommend the book since it is a continuation of a great series! Just don't be surprised by poor audio.
Enders game and Enders Shadow are a couple of the best books ever written.
Hated changes on plot line to move the story forward. I couldn't get past the meeting between Bean and Ender's mom in which they both act completely outside of the established story and their characters.
I'm returning the other books I bought in this series. I can't get past this one.
I've been binging on the Enderverse. First with Ender's Game, then Speaker for the Dead, then Xinocide. I found it weird that the so called sequels to Ender's Game were so far removed from the original in tone and chronology, though. I was getting a little Ender fatigued, but luckily found the Shadow series with Ender's Shadow, which brought back everything I loved about Ender's Game. But after reading the reviews about the "performance" issues with Shadow of the Hegemon and the story summery which had a favorite character teaming up with a villain from the previous books, I was considering bailing. I'm so glad I didn't bail on the series and got this one, because it's now one of my favorite audiobooks. I don't often repeat listen, but I definitely will revisit this one in the future.
Ironically, although this is ostensibly science fiction, there is very little science fiction in it. There are no mind-bending concepts or imaginative world building. Both the people and the world they live in are very familiar even if they supposedly live in the future. It's the humanity of the characters that make this story so great. You find yourself caring so much about them and caring about the things they care about. If you cry easily, keep the Kleenex close with this one.
I think this book combines the best things about Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow(exciting plot, memorable characters) with the best of Speaker for the Dead and Xinocide(existential, meaning of life philosophical reflections). I found myself thinking about what makes life worth living. And although I don't necessary share the conclusions the characters come to as far as finding meaning in life. I love that he acknowledges the need for the individual search for that meaning.
The Ender series is awesome and this book is still pretty good. But beware, You will not see spaceships, or cool new inventions. If you like political intrigue, then you will love it!. I likd it well enough I just was expecting Science Fiction and did not get that.
I might recommended it to a hard core End's Game fan or someone who REALLY like Shadow of Ender.
I think I am done with the Shadow series.
The narration is great.
The story was great, interesting, difficult to put down and was well worth the price of admission.
It was nice to get to meet a post Ender's Game Peter and see him when he's not a near homicidal psychopath.
And I really enjoy getting to continue Bean's story. While I loved Ender's Game and will gladly declare it being one of my favorite books of all time, I think I like the character of Bean more. Or at the very least, I find him more interesting.
I would but only because they narrate the rest of the books and I'm already on the sequel.
I don't really know how I feel about the style in general but alternating voices in some chapters is off putting.
Beyond that some of the narrators were a bit annoying. One sounded like he was constantly about to cry. The Nun and Petra's narrator had this way of talking where you think she's just sad and/or depressed.
I almost did.
This book seemed to be plagued with technical issues that could be off putting. At one point you hearing a long section off audio you've done listened too.
Some pronunciation corrections are very obvious and also rather jarring to listen to, taking you out of the groove of the story.
And it seems the readers had a hard time agreeing on how to say one of the character's names. Even in the same sentence, switching back and forth between pronunciations several times.
Yes. I like how he created the Ender saga and universe and am willing to explore the storyline through his eyes.
Yes. The audio sounds old and at times has muddled audio like you would expect from an old VHS tape that was slightly warped in audio and video.
The story is great and fills in and continues the story of Bean and the other members of Ender's team.
I'm not sure the problems were the narrator, other than mispronouncing so many words. The editing and production are what really ruin it, though.
There are many places where hedge-a-MON is pronounced he-GEM-en, and, worse, in many places it was dubbed over by another voice at a higher pitch and louder recording level, which is very distracting from the story. The whole recording sounds like I had downloaded the lowest quality, most compressed audible format, not the enhanced format. There were other glitches too, like repeated sections. Overall the editing and production are a disaster. Also there is the horrible, distracting, and too long, music segments they stick in at the end of each chapter. It might be ok if it were just a one or two second brief riff, and not such a long disruption to the story flow.
Shadow of the Hegemon is one of my top three audiobooks.
I really like the way that Card embellished Bean's character to give him more feelings and he is growing, too. Perhaps Bean should be the Hegemon.
Since the book is read by three narrators, the words never become dull, and it is easy to follow along.
It was hard for my to shut it off. I wanted to keep listening, but duty calls.
I can't wait to read the rest of the Shadow series.
bean, petra, achilles
bean outsmarts achilles
knowing that bean would eventually die
loved this series, hope there's more to come