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
Very good, although it seems that they went back and made some sloppy edits to correct the actors' pronounciations of "hegemon." Other than that, it was excellent.
I am immortal. I have inside me blood of kings. I have no rivals. No man can be my equal.
I love SkyBoat, but there were a few slip ups on this one. The story is interesting and the performances were great. But there were A LOT of segments looped in to replace the word Hegemon. Come on guys, it's the title of the book.
The story is well written and mostly well read, but the edits/updates were poorly done. The voices don't match and the edits were only a few words in the middle of a sentence, giving the effect of jarring your focus away from the story and onto the edits themselves. Also, the music was terrible. It would have been much better without music.
One personal pet peeve, the author talks about the character putting another "clip" into their pistol...it's a magazine, not a clip. The slang term is "mag".
yes, overall the production was good
don't know, don't care :-)
The entire series is enjoyable, but these edits and the music are not well done.
OSC delivers another awesome story with both new & familiar characters.
Production of the reading is sub-par. Not sure how this even got released to the public. The good news is that as bad as the production is, it doesn't detract from the story.
kept my attention for the most part and well worth listening to, but not nearly as good as Ender's shadow. It did not have the intelligence, detail and uniqueness of Ender's shadow. all the characters seemed to take on much more traditional, played out rolls, which is the opposite of what made enders Shadow so unique, interesting and unpredictable. it just seemed much more formulaic!
This is a good story, but the narrator apparently pronounced hegemon incorrectly. Instead of fixing it seamlessly, there is an awkward and very noticeable different voice that reads those passages. It is distracting and frustrating to hear.
Really enjoyed this one. It was truly a very different story, a different feel then any of his other books that I've read. I think it is even a great story in and of itself even if a reader had not read the previous books.
This story was so disappointing after following the series this long. The developing of a possible love story with Bean later seemed awkward. Supporting characters were portrayed as idiotic for the most part. And the recording was strange. Whenever the word "Hegemon" was used, another creepy voice came on. and the way the emails were read robotically at the beginning of chapters was hard to listen to.
Great story. Again, OSC hit the nail on the head and delivered a moving tale of strategy and heroism. I struggled with the voice overs that were done to correct the pronunciation of "Hegemon". These were of poor quality and did not appear to even be the same actor.
"Excellent Audio rendition of an excellent book"
First the Audio - this is a top-notch production, well voiced, with multiple readers, each giving a different voice to the primary characters. In fact, it is closer to a performance than a reading. A set of closing comments by Scott Card mention that his novels are meant to be read aloud. You can understand why as this makes for a truly gripping listen.
The story is also excellent. It centres primarily about Bean and Petra as they struggle to prevent Achilles from making a play for world domination in the political chaos following the conclusion of the Formic wars. Several Battle school graduates play important roles and it is quite suspenseful, the lives of the characters, not to mention global domination, hang in the balance. The plot also offers some interesting views on how nations may jockey with each other for global dominance. Card refers to this book as a book about 'the great game', and while you may not agree that some of the scenarios he spins are plausible, I found them to be so. In fact, I found some of the geopolitical subplots a somewhat scary prediction on the next 50 years.
I had not read Ender's Shadow in a while (the previous book dealing with the character of Bean) and I did not remember most of it. I do not think it is necessary to have read it to enjoy this book. I do however recommend reading (or re-reading) Ender's Game before this one, as it increases the understanding of the background and increases the emotional investment in the main characters. There is an excellent audio version of Ender's Game on Audible.
"Excellent but spoiled by some awful overdubbing"
This is the first audiobook I've listened to where I hadn't already read the story and I found it very enjoyable. I find the narration of the Ender series very well done with the voice talent very effective at getting across the different aspects of the story. For some reason, tho, this particular audio book has the word 'Hegemon' overdubbed - by the same actor, true, but so obviously that the word is sometimes shouted, the sound quality varies and it is very distracting. The other books in this series haven't had that fault and I'm really hoping none of the others do as it had the effect of completely affecting the mood.
"Good believable story"
Shame about the hideous 70s musical interludes. Zone them out because it would be a pity to allow such clunky music to ruin an otherwise good storytelling. I listen to books while i garden. This one us as enjoyable as the rest of OSCs stuff.
With a book like Enders Game, there would be an infinite number of ways to carry on the story of its characters. The direction taken with this book is great in both the character development and the world stage.
loved it going to get the next book in the series and keep going to I have listened to them all
"Amazing book... weird choices on the performance"
Although the performance in general is very good, I dont know why the hell they decided to change the narrator everytime the word Hegemon was spoken. They changed the narrator for one word and come back to the currenty narrator. It felt very weird.
I really liked Ender's Game and quite liked Ender's Shadow, but this really didn't do it for me and as a result I'm not intending to continue with the Bean saga. The plot lacked direction and focus. The book was just a sequence of scrapes between Bean and Achilles and attempts from Achilles to take power - I didn't feel any momentum and the outcome to every encounter felt very predictable. The narrative just didn't develop; I'm not sure what this book added to the saga.
I'm the kind of person who would love to read about territorial conflicts in a "Risk" like manner (something that OSC was aspiring to) - but it didn't deliver. Achilles is pretty much the only player with the occasional minor interference from Peter and Bean. Everyone else compliantly goes along with whatever Achilles wants (how he manages to ensnare so many world powers goes beyond belief). It doesn't feel like a clash of Super Powers - it lacks intrigue, subtlety, betrayal and espionage - with Achilles being pretty much the only real agent it lacks that complexity that you get in a book like Game of Thrones; I wanted a twist, I wanted a surprise and I just didn't get it.
The performance is pretty good, but the odd dubbing around the word Hegemon makes the production feel very cheap - I have no idea what happened there - or why the lines weren't rerecorded.
"Fresh groundwork but lacks an engaging premise"
Whilst I would not hesitate to recommend Enders game and the sequels that follow Ender into an imaginative future, the philosophies and character tensions are rather lost back on earth where the story evolves like a shallow game of risk.
The quality of this recording is below par with some obvious editing issues around the word "Hegemon". Okay for the curious but not Scott at his best.
"Just as good as the first Bean book"
The story of Bean continues in this book where the child geniuses find themselves facing the consequences of a power vacuum. This book continues to describe Bean, a fascinating character, but the real star of this book is his nemesis. This is a nerve wrecking political battle that will keep your attention from the first to the last minute.
"Satisfactory continuation of the Shadow Series"
The Ender's Shadow books, although very enjoyable, are not up to the standards of the Enders series. They match them in the quality of the narration and the depth of story, but they always feel like they are the poor cousin. Also, the intellect of the character Bean does to some degree detract from the achievements and wonder of Ender and Peter Wiggin. The Ender series left a very strong mental impression of the greatness of Ender and the hegemonic but sadistic nature of Peter. Both were amazing characters in the first series, but as I read the Shadow books, I start to get the impression that Bean was turning the real cogs of power in the background. Also, the character of Peter has gone quite weak and whiney when confronted by Bean. I think OSC has tweaked their characters to fit the new series' storyline.
Nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable book and I fully intend to complete the series. Excellently narrated.
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