First off, I want to say this is worth listening to. The voice acting and the story itself is wonderful. What I'm listing is just s little nitpicking to make it better.
The chapters would sometimes end on these dark serious thoughts just to be followed up with this light hearted music. It's off putting.
Also, the correction of the word 'Hegemon' by a different reader really takes you out of the story.
Other than that, it was a great experience
This audio recording was the worst I've listened to. They need to retape the whole story. 1. Throughout the whole story they keep switching the pronunciation of one of the main characters from correct "Asheel" to incorrect "Achilles." I don't understand how the recording studio didn't catch on that the readers keep saying the name 2 completely different ways. 2. There is 1 reader who typically takes on the part of Bean. He always makes Bean sounds like he is on the verge of crying like a lil child! That is not how his character should be portrayed. 3. There were clearly mistakes w the word "Hegemon" bc the audio tape always adds a separate audio for this word. The word Hegemony or Hegemon was obviously recorded at a separate time; most likely due to mispronounciation the first time around. Yet they couldn't include fixing every time Achilles was promounced as "Achilles" & not the correct way of Asheel? It's a shame the author allowed this recording to be posted when he states that listening to someone read a book is the best way to interpret it. How can we interpret it when the readers mess the visual up!!!!!! The story, however, is pure reflection of Scott Cards amazing writing ability. The recording is such a disappointment & regret wasting any money on this. I want a refund or at least a free credit to get a better version of this book.
another excellent story, but sometimes distracted by careless editing in the audio production. I was surprised/ disappointed by that.
these are expensive editions, and should at least have a professional feel.
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.