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 Also, this takes place a couple centuries in the future, but any historical reference, like comparing Achilles to Stalin or Hitler, makes it sound like nothing political happened in the 22nd century.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.
They story was great same as the other books in this series however the recording was horrible the music and sounds take you completely out if the story and there were frequently cuts were mispronounced words had been cut and actually pronounced words cut in badly and by a different actor. If you don't mind dealing with that then the story is great
Achilles and Bonzo are repeatedly and sporadically mispronounced. It's very distracting to constantly hear ah-keel-ees and bahn-zo!! only from certain voice actors! it's clearly stated in Ender's Game that it's pronounced BONE-so. and in all of the shadow series it's clearly noted that it's Ah-sheel. also there's a strange voice-over in several spots talking about the hegemon and hegemontly, and it doesn't even sound like they tried to smoothe it over and make it blend into the regular reading. :(
Horse trainer by day, super hero by night, book lover all the time.
I would highly recommend this title to any fan of OS Card.
Its hard to compare this book with any others not by Card.
Not particularly. Although I would recommend it, it can be a little slow in places.
I read this book after reading Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. It was extremely enjoyable as it was a little lighter than the Ender arc.