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Shadow of the Hegemon | [Orson Scott Card]

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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    Kirk 11-20-13
    Kirk 11-20-13
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    "Bean is awesome"
    If you could sum up Shadow of the Hegemon in three words, what would they be?

    bean, petra, achilles


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    bean


    Which scene was your favorite?

    bean outsmarts achilles


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    knowing that bean would eventually die


    Any additional comments?

    loved this series, hope there's more to come

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Birmingham, Albania 09-01-13
    Brian Birmingham, Albania 09-01-13

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    "Bean finally becomes interesting."
    Where does Shadow of the Hegemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Andrew Manistee, MI, United States 08-21-13
    Andrew Manistee, MI, United States 08-21-13
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    "It sounded odd whenever the word "Hegemon"was said"

    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!

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    Chris Blunk 08-01-13
    Chris Blunk 08-01-13
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    "good story, bad post production"

    the editing in the second file for the word Hegemon is terrible.

    The rest is fine.

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    Junior 08-01-13
    Junior 08-01-13
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    "The recording is terrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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    DJ Miami, FL, United States 07-14-13
    DJ Miami, FL, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic continuation"

    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!

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    Aaron Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-09-13
    Aaron Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Errors Make for Irksome Experience"
    What disappointed you about Shadow of the Hegemon?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Coaching on pronunciation needed badly.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-04-13
    Ray Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-04-13
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    "Great story, problematic audiobook"
    Where does Shadow of the Hegemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the many audiobooks I've enjoyed from Audible, Shadow of the Hegemon ranks dead last.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction to this audiobook is disappointment. Not in the story, but in the shoddy production.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Mesa, AZ, United States 06-28-13
    Ronnie Mesa, AZ, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly disappointed with the production"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Texas 06-28-13
    Sarah Texas 06-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Horribly edited!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you recommend Shadow of the Hegemon to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book, yes. This audio production, no.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Cast was fine, it just needed a better director and/or editor.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow of the Hegemon?

    None!


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed with this performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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