The narrative is loose and bogged down by exposition- mostly children discussing their ability to outthink one another.
The ending felt anti-climactic and rushed/tacked-on. Characters violated their own principles in the interest of a sequel(s).
Would recommend to those who are in love with the Enderverse. Would not recommend to anyone else.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
Let me start off by explaining what a sad and unprofessional recording this is. Not only does it sound like it was recorded with 1960s equipment, but apparently the publishing company decided to dub over the word "hegemon" without attempting to make it subtle, or even consistent! Oh, and the narrator decides to change how he pronounces the name "Achilles" halfway into the book as well.
Now onto the actual review:
If you're expecting to read an epic sci-fi book in the style of Ender's Shadow, keep looking.
The story in this book took the turn to become moestly about political strategy, and it was far less interesting than Ender's Shadow/Game. Social survival and epic battles are replaced with politics and alliances where beans superhuman intelligence gets old really fast. Here, let me sum up the book for you in one sentence:
"I already knew you were going to do that" -Bean
Plot twists really didn't grab me the way it did in Ender's Shadow, victories didn't feel as exciting, and the story lacked the magic of the previous ones. If you took the Ender's Game/Shadow books and made the characters fully grown adults, you'd have less interesting books, but they'd still be GREAT books because of their stories. Do the same to Shadow of the Hegemon, and you'd struggle to keep reading, because the book leans heavily on the characters simply being children.
The cast are well matched to their characters and help put flesh on the story. De Cuir had the difficult job of performing Carlotta's letter to Bean, and did an admirable job.
It does not take away from this audio book but in the next revision Interlude music should be sweeping synth pads/sine leads.
Another enjoyable book in the enderverse.
I like how Thor use multiple narrators to tell the story well without becoming confusing.
It is a little amusing that one of the voice actors must have been pronouncing Hegemony incorrectly and it has been corrected in post production. It doesn't take away from the telling of the story though so well done.
The audio production is very poorly edited, there are times where they sloppily clipped in voice overs of words and phrases. The interval music between chapters is out of place and annoying.
Bean's character development.
I've listened to many books narrated by Brick and have enjoyed all of them. I'd probably shy away from production by Macmillan Audio with out looking through the reviews.
No, the sloppy editing made me want to take breaks out of frustration.
This story is excellent and the voice acting is excellent but when we pay a premium price for a product we expect it to be a premium product. What prevents this from premium is the random glitches in the audio (a random voice will replace one word in a sentence said by someone else and this happens many times). It is as if you guys ripped this from Napster for free and then charged us close to $30 to listen to it.
These books are so easy to listen to. The only down side is there is really lame music between chapters. Don't know why they have it. Other than that this is a fantastic story.
This second installment of the Ender's Shadow saga is a great listen.
I reduced the performance stars because of mispronunciations. Achilles, the main villain, and hegemon are both mangled throughout. It was a tad distracting, especially with an attempt to dub over some of them.
Otherwise, the performance is excellent.