Aside from Ender's game and Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon is my favorite. I like that it is a more down to Earth view for the use of genius child leaders and how they are implemented in world affairs. The overall story arc between Petra and Bean humanizes the story much like Ender with Valentine. That was the most important part of the book in my opinion. All genius plotlines aside; if Bean had a machinelike persona when thinking about Petra (or Carlotta for that matter), the story would have had no "zing".
The actors that voiced over the story did an excellent job at emphasis and grabbed the attention to the written words exactly as I did when I read the book. Most other audio books that I have listened to come close, but this one hit the nail on the head.
Note: Definitely read/listen to Ender's Shadow before this one. The storyline has to be ingested from the beginning.
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Some background -- I listened to Ender's Game, its three original sequels, Ender's Shadow, and now Shadow of the Hegemon. In Ender's Game, I liked the focus on the children and Battle School. Its sequels focused on intergalactic life, aliens, etc, and I enjoyed that (though they severely dropped in quality). Ender's Shadow was a fascinating look at the original story from a different point of view, which I liked because of Bean's character and for many of the same reasons the original was enjoyable.
But this? I was expecting science fiction, but got a political story dealing with children I cared less and less about with every passing minute. I know some people like it, but if you don't want a political story that feels as though its connections with the rest of the series are tenuous at best, you might not like it.
I'm still interested in Bean as a character, but this story may have turned me off from the rest of the series.
Oh and it probably goes without saying after the other reviews, but the performance was subpar for this team. Poor quality, rushed dubs after the fact, etc.
I really like Orson's alternative world history universe, but having the antagonist be from the protagonist's childhood is under contrived. Just as having the main protagonist of enders game's brother be such prominent figures in this alternate world also feels under developed, and overly simplistic. It creates a streamlined story that is easy to follow but at the cost of depth and richness of the universe. over all a fun read
The performance was as good as always, and the quality if the book was as high as one can exspect out of Scott card. However the book people who do the audio part dubs the hegemon every time. It is really quite annoying. Others then that it's a good listen.
I love the performances of Card's book, but there are some patches in the audio that had issues and they re recorded parts. The voices all the sudden don't match. Good story though
I loved the story, and the performance is mostly great, but sometimes, especially when the word Hegemon shows up, it cuts to another voice very obviously. the reason is clear near the end when one slips through uncut and mispronounced. overall, well done, but audio books aren't cheap and this certainly does spoil it a bit.
This series has not disappointed. I feel in love with every character and cared about every subplot. The book is very fulfilling but definitely leave you wanting more. The was a strange voice over correction almost every time the narrator says "hegemon" but it still didnt pull me from the thrilling story.
Multiple Narrators works well with the story, and the voice actors are good. Problem was, and I am guessing here, one of them didn't pronounce "Hegemon" correctly, because short edits have been made to the track, sounding like a different person with a much higher voice at a different recording quality. I know this was released some time ago (2002), but the quality of the drop-in edits is appalling.
Digital editing has been around since the '80s, so there's no excuse for this crappy drop-in-with-a-different-voice amateurishness. The word they screwed up is in the title of the book, for f**s sake! Shame on the director for not fixing inconsistent pronunciation right away.
It doesn't make me regret buying the book, the story is good and the rest of this series with the same narrators are great, this is just shoddy editing and it seriously distracts from enjoying the story.
Yes, it inspired me to write a review... Great editing is invisible, not something that sounds like it was censored by the KGB using blunt scissors and a roll of scotch-tape. :-)