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
bean, petra, achilles
bean outsmarts achilles
knowing that bean would eventually die
loved this series, hope there's more to come
Most of the Shadow series, has little do with Bean, but this book here really tells his story. I'd say this is another good book overall from Scott Card.
This is similar to Ender in Exile, because it fills in some of the gaps between the two ender Epic Trilligies. I'd love to explore more about the 3000 year gap between game and Xenocide, but I think even Scott is fearful of going into that pandora's box.
I have always enjoyed reading Orson Scott Card and have recently started listening to audio books. This audiobook sounded odd whenever the word "Hegemon" was said. It only detracted from the main listening experience a little bit, but the story itself is great!
During most of the book every time the word "hegemon" is present it has been monkey patched with a new audio sample.
It is terrible.
Assuming you've read Scott Card's other books earlier in this series, Shadow of the Hegemon picks up where Ender's Shadow left off. The story is wonderful and well told, and the same cast of characters and voice actors keep us engrossed. The only caveat is that, from sequences with blown-out sound, to frequent mispronouncings of "Hegemon" and the character Achilles's name (sometimes left in, sometimes re-dubbed so obviously it makes you cringe), this audiobook has serious production issues. Overall though, this book is definitely great sci-fi that hits very close to home. Recommended!
The voice actors mispronounced and inconsistently pronounced important names like "Achilles", which should have been pronounced "A-SHEEL", but even Bean's voice actor sometimes refers to him as Achilles, then A-SHEEL, haphazardly. "Hegemon" is another one that vocal talent couldn't get right, so a different actor is dubbed over saying the word "Hegemon" in a completely jarring way. Frankly, though, I wish they'd done it with A-SHEEL because I had to stop listening. It was that frustrating.
Coaching on pronunciation needed badly.
The story itself is amazing. It was actually worse that the audio was so terrible because the story deserved more respect and a better producer than it had.
Of the many audiobooks I've enjoyed from Audible, Shadow of the Hegemon ranks dead last.
The narration of this book is mostly great, with just enough scattered bits of terrible to completely pull the listener out of the story. There are numerous edits which are so poorly done that it's painfully obvious where they occur. What's worse is that sometimes these inserted words or sentences aren't even done by the same narrator! The designated voice for Peter Wiggin, a teenager, sounds as though he is in his sixties.
My reaction to this audiobook is disappointment. Not in the story, but in the shoddy production.
None of the previous audiobooks in the Ender Series I've listened to had music worth noting, which is fine. This book has lots of music, and it's all beyond terrible. These are the sorts of tunes I used to hear with the story records I listened to as a child in the 70's. Better no music at all than this distracting trash.
It's a good story and I love the Bean series much more than the Ender's series. My complaint with this audio book is the horrible production. Every time "hegemon" is said it's cut to some other narrator, very distracting. It took me the first two hours to get over the tinny sound. I don't like how they switched between the pronunciation of Achilles through the book. But at least I didn't have to repeat 30 minutes of the book this time.
The readers mispronounced Hegemon through the entire books (with the exception of Gabrielle de Cuir) and instead of re-recording those sections with the same person's voice, the person who edited this book merely inserted another person's voice saying it correctly.
This mispronunciation and correction was used only 3/4ths of the way through and then it seems that they just scrapped even correcting it. It made for a very disjointed listening experience.
The book, yes. This audio production, no.
Cast was fine, it just needed a better director and/or editor.
Disappointed with this performance.
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