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Shadow of the Hegemon Audiobook

Shadow of the Hegemon

Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.
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Publisher's Summary

Ender's Game told the story of the boy "Ender" Wiggin and his hard-won victory over an alien race that would have destroyed the Earth and all of humanity. But Ender was not the only child in the Battle School. He was just the best of the best. In Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card told the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean - the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist, and his friend.

And now Card continues Bean's story, and finally tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans. At last we learn what happened on Earth after the destruction of the Hive Queen's worlds, after humanity no longer had a single enemy to unify the warring nations. This is the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

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Recording (P) 2001 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©2001 by TOR

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    Bryan Thompson Louisville, CO USA 08-10-15
    Bryan Thompson Louisville, CO USA 08-10-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, spotty audio editing"

    Fantastic and engaging story. I can't wait to "read" the next book in the series.

    That said this audiobook had moments of very poor sound editing. The music at the end of the chapters was fine and didn't bug me like some other reviewers but there were many times that a word or phrase had been spliced in to make a correction but it had a different volume and timbre of voice almost like it was a different person than the narrator you'd just been listening too. Very weird to listen to and not something I've experienced in other audiobooks from Audible or books in the Ender series.

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    Greg S. Padilla 07-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Read because it was Enderverse- disappointing"

    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.

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    Shahab Sabetnejad Oslo 07-29-15
    Shahab Sabetnejad Oslo 07-29-15

    Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books

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    "Audiobook at its worst"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    K 07-15-15
    K 07-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Audio issues"

    There are some very noticeable audio issues particularly with the word 'hegemon' being overdubbed several times . However if you can listen past that, the story is still great.

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    Amazon Customer Perth, Australia 06-29-15
    Amazon Customer Perth, Australia 06-29-15
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    "Great Book, good performance"

    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.

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    Andrew Robinson Franklin, ACT, AU 06-15-15
    Andrew Robinson Franklin, ACT, AU 06-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another enjoyable story"

    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.

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    George Austin, TX, United States 06-13-15
    George Austin, TX, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book, great performance, awful production"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of the Hegemon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bean's character development.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the sloppy editing made me want to take breaks out of frustration.


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    Ashley 06-08-15
    Ashley 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love love love this book!"

    I absolutely love to hear his books on audio. I have yet to actually read one because each actor/actress brings the story alive!

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    mcb17 06-03-15
    mcb17 06-03-15
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    "great book"

    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.

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    LAHNNEY 05-29-15
    LAHNNEY 05-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "So so good."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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