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Shadow of the Hegemon Audiobook

Shadow of 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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    Hammond Kennesaw, GA, United States 06-09-16
    Hammond Kennesaw, GA, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the thread of stories about Bean and others"

    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 Also, this takes place a couple centuries in the future, but any historical reference, like comparing Achilles to Stalin or Hitler, makes it sound like nothing political happened in the 22nd century.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.

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    NoobsDeSroobs 06-09-16
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    "The first part is great as the narration is great."

    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.

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    Chris Liles 06-07-16
    Chris Liles 06-07-16
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    "Poor Editing"

    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!

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    Frank Calisch 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow... Poor quality control"

    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.

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    bu 05-28-16
    bu 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not bad"

    good story. strange overdub whenever someone says hedgemon. and the chapter end music is a little distracting but I would recommend the story.

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    Lori A. 05-27-16
    Lori A. 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but bad"

    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

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    mandi 05-14-16
    mandi 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "mispronounced names!!"

    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. :(

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    Mike 05-13-16
    Mike 05-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "terrible audio quality"

    good story, some continuity issues. terrible audio quality, terrible music, Hegemon pronunciation is different

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    edna 05-05-16
    edna 05-05-16 Member Since 2015

    Horse trainer by day, super hero by night, book lover all the time.

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    "A little slow but very worth while"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this title to any fan of OS Card.


    What other book might you compare Shadow of the Hegemon to and why?

    Its hard to compare this book with any others not by Card.


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

    Not particularly. Although I would recommend it, it can be a little slow in places.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    helium2s1 05-03-16
    helium2s1 05-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Lacking audio quality"

    The book overall is good, however, this one has markedly poorer audio quality than previous installations. There's also several points where it is apparent they overlaid new audio where Scott Brick had mispronounced "hegemon", however, they did not replace it in all places, nor did they successfully match the audio. The result is quite noticeable and abrupt as the quality changes suddenly for a few words, then reverts back to the bass-heavy mix that is heard throughout the rest of the book.

    While it is far from making the book impossible to listen to, it does detract from my ability to enjoy it as much as I find myself distracted by the poor audio quality.

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