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
If you are a fan of strategy games like Risk, you will probably enjoy this book. If, like me, you are more drawn to true sci-fi, this will probably disappoint you.
I'm a big fan of Orson Scott Card, and Ender's Shadow is one of my favorite books of all time. I was disappointed with this follow up, and it made me give up on finishing the Ender's Shadow series. It follows Bean as he returns to Earth, where he and the other former Battle School kids become strategic keystones in the wars between countries. The story and performance are fine, if the story happens to be something you are interested in... I wasn't.
I don't know who would enjoy it more, if, presumably the people buying this enjoyed Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow (like myself). This is terrible, I'm sorry. VERY disappointing, I can't even finish listening to it.
Gee, where to start. The story is boring. Too much blathering on about nonsense, that we really don't care about. That might be enough for me to dump this thing (and ultimately it is) BUT there is still the HUGE issue of lousy narration choices and just plain amateur production. Mr. Card should be infuriated.
Narrator??? Which narrator? THERE ARE TOO MANY NARRATORS. WHY are there so many??? I can think of NO reason. Its not like even the same narrator is assigned to a certain character - no -- a new person just pops in and does a chapter and narrates Bean and Peter or Petra - and then, OH, next chapter a TOTALLY different narrator narrates Bean and Peter and Petra....
its ridiculous. Has no rhyme or reason, no continuity whatsoever.
So now on TOP of that -- here is the most annoying thing of all. Apparently one of these narrators weren't coached or trained correctly in the correct pronunciation of certain words, ie " the Hegemon". Pretty important since its in the title, but... as you're listening to the section that this narrator is doing - all of a sudden a totally DIFFERENT VOICE, a different person's - voice is overdubbed everytime they say "the Hegemon".
It is ridiculous! It is very annoying!! Some producer -- you allowed one of your (multitude of) narrators completely bungle the title words and then later overdub it with a different person (SO OBVIOUS!) with the quality I would expect from an 8th grader doing it with a tape recorder???
Horrible. Boring story, ruined the whole series for me, wish I'd never bought it. Wasted my credit. And the narration quality would be laughable if it weren't so darned annoying.
I certainly wouldn't have overdubbed the words "the Hegemon" smack dab in the middle of a narrative, that sounded completely different from what was going on.
Segments are broken up by the most annoying music ever. It's so distracting. Fake harpsicord and cheap royalty free music jars you from the story.
The narrator for Peter stutters and adds an extra element of uncertainty that doesn't match the confidence the character would show to the world, even if those thoughts did occur within his mind.
This is one of my favorite books from a favorite series. However, the narration is abysmal. There are three narrators but they are inconsistent and only read particular chapters. Worse, there were apparently errors in the pronunciation that were jarringly "corrected" in a later revision. This is possibly the worst narrated book I've ever downloaded from Audible.
There was lots of person to person struggle like in the first book, but a lot like Foundation, conflict between countries where wars are fought, dancer to the undercurrent of the cleverness of individual and restrained by the truths of human nature proven by time.
This section is the reason why I am bothering to write a review. What you wouldn't get from reading the book is the extreme compulsion to punch the audio engineer in the face. At least 50 times throughout the audio book every time one of the male narrators would go to say "Hegemon" a foreign voice, cutting in at a slightly different volume and with different background noise would cut in and say... "Hegemon". I could not even tell if it was the same person speaking or not since there were to many other differences. I would not even have commented but it happened so many times. It felt like the whole audio book had been recorded with the narrator reading a completely random word and at the last minute they had to go back in and try to implant the correct one.
I really did like the book.
The story was okay, although the long-winded descriptions of Indian/Pakistani politics were pretty boring. The big irritant in this book is that the same narrators who worked on previous Ender/Shadow books seem to have forgotten how to pronounce some crucial words, like the proper French pronunciation of "Achilles" (pronunciation changed from one narrator to the next, soooo irritating!). "Hegemon" seemed to cause some difficulties as well and you can tell the audio has been edited to fix some of these problems, which is in itself distracting.
This storyline has almost turned into a James Bond style stereotypical good-guy versus bad-guy situation. I'll listen to Shadow Puppets but have been warned not to expect much and may give up pretty soon as this series is starting to fall apart.
• Better audio quality – All the voices sounded muffled. This was really obvious because I finished Ender's Shadow and began this book.
• Better reading for the narrators – The narrators constantly pronounce "hegemon" incorrectly (and every narrator has their own wrong way of saying it). They attempted to fix it in post by having someone else say "hegemon" correctly and pasted over most (but not all) the mispronunciations. They also read Achilles' name as A-kill-ease instead of A-sheel, which was joked about in one part of the book.
• Better story – The story was a bit slow going but that has happened in the other Ender books. I told myself to stick with it because they always pick up. That didn't happen this time. When it was over, I thought "That was it?"
I'm now listening to the next book in this series, Shadow Puppets, and all the issues I had with this book have been resolved. Better audio, the narrators pronounce things correctly, and the story is much better. I will still finish the series.
So I liked Shadow of the Hegemon and I liked the performances, but this book was so poorly produced that it detracted from what otherwise would have been a really great overall experience.
First major problem: Pronounce the name of the title correctly. It was obvious that they had to rerecord lots of this book because readers kept pronouncing it Hegamon (hard "g") not Hegemon (soft "g") some of those re-recordings sounded like there were done in a bathroom and the one lines that were dropped in sounded so different it was jarring. It probably would have been less distracting if they had just left the mispronunciation.
Second major problem, the antagonist's name is pronounced "Ashelle" not Achilles. It is mentioned in both this book and Ender's Shadow early on -- it makes me think the producer did not read the book.
And lastly, the music was not good -- jarring to the ear and certainly did not go with the book. It sounded like a cross between an 80s Casio keyboard and a bad minstrel at a Renaissance Festival.
I hate to jump on this same bandwagon that many other reviews have touched on, but my children and I were so disappointed in the production we just had to vent out frustrations and add our voices to those already here so the producers of these books know that they should not do this to loyal readers.
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The narrators of Ender stories really, I mean, REALLY need to have read the entire Ender canon. That way, they will know Achilles is pronounced A-sheel and Bonzo is pronounced Bone-zoe. To anyone who has read/listened to the rest of the books, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Yes, the audio readings of this series are THE way to experience the stories of Ender and Bean. The readers convey sincere emotion and inject life into the characters in a way that connects immediately and powerfully with the listener.
From the moment I began, I was surprised at the low quality of the recording. I re-downloaded the "highest quality" (i.e. highest bitrate) copy to make sure I had the right one. Alas, it sounds like this has been compressed for transmission over a telephone line. The other books in this series that I've listened to were clearer, and CD-quality meant CD quality.
I'm not yet through the story, but I had to stop and note that there are a number of *very* distracting edits that have been made to the recording, notably in places when the word "hegemon" is used. Clips have been cut out and replaced by presumably fixed recordings that have clearly different audio quality and voice intonation.
I don't blame the readers so much as whoever was in charge of producing this recording. Even the best movie looks like dirt balls when you watch a recording that was made with a camcorder filming an old television playing a VHS of the movie. Still, knowing the quality of this recording, I might have instead gone to the library to see if I could borrow it for free.
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