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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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    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 01-03-13
    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 01-03-13
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    "This is the path to go"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is about tactics and strategy. Bean against another smart guy in an epic battle. You will feel very smart after reading it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Hegemon?

    When Petra tries to escape an imprissonment from Achilles. It is very well and realistic and not dumb down a bit.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is reading in a good pace smooth and entertaining.


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

    When Petra tries to escape an imprissonment from Achilles. It is very well and realistic and not dumb down a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the first book (Ender's Game).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralston Covington, GA, United States 12-23-12
    Ralston Covington, GA, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent Story. Not as good as the others."
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow of the Hegemon the most enjoyable?

    The Enderverse is rich and fascinating.


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

    The whole Enderverse has made me love sci fi much more.


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

    The performances were good. I loved the distinction between the voices and the voice acting was good, but at times the audio would cut in and out and repeat. Other times, it would sound like someone else's voice would speak a line or two of the same character during these moments which ruined the effect a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 07-12-08
    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 07-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "WONDERFUL BOOK!!!"

    Orson Scott Card is firmly one of the 10 greatest Sci-FI authors that has ever lived and everyone of the Ender series books are just masterpieces worth being read and in this case listened too repeatedly.

    If you are looking for a great audio books to listen too this should be in your top 15 for Sci-Fi. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Ender's universe you have my sympathies for your loss and jealously as you get to experience it unfold for the first time. ENJOY!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meijuan Laval, QC, Canada 06-09-07
    Meijuan Laval, QC, Canada 06-09-07
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    "Excellent story, good read"

    The story is ecxellent, as usual with books from Orson Scott Card. It talks about political issues and military strategy, but all very interesting. It's almost as good as Ender's Game. The read is not bad too.

    Highly recommended, but only if you have already read (or heard) Ender's Shadow, because some of the characters from this book are from that story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-10-05
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-10-05 Member Since 2004
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    "One of Card's best"

    I usually hate "Companion Series" books, they usually seem to decline in entertainment value after the original book (Enders Game, in this case), especially when the original book seems to neatly end with no loose ends to warrant another book.

    The Ender series is MUCH different, the "follow-up" books just keep getting better... The characters are well fleshed out (sometimes it seems a little too much time is wasted fleshing out a character, but it ends up being just the right amount of information you needed to know to keep up with the character's motivations further along in the book, or series).

    If you liked Ender's Game, then the follow-up books are a "Must have", even if you think "How could they be better than the original"?

    The unabridged versions are a bit long winded at times, but you get details that you NEED to have to keep up with the complex stories being woven.

    Card says, "hearing" the books are the way he wanted them presented, and having several narrators in each book makes the audio books MUCH better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Morgantown, WV, USA 12-17-02
    Evan Morgantown, WV, USA 12-17-02
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    "Contraire, Pierre--the book is good"

    I read the earlier books, and found this one quite good. I would recommend it to any Card follower!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tara endicott, NY, USA 10-19-03
    Tara endicott, NY, USA 10-19-03
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    "Not one his better works."

    Simplistic, and not as believable as enders game/speaker of the dead/enders shadow. One is hard put to believe the ineptness of the adult leaders of the world in the face of these children...and the sudden and inexplicable rise(s)? of Achilles. The character of Bean, previously more rounded and open to identification, becomes flattened into a guilt stricken mercinary(?!)determined to use the resources of waring nations to further his own aimes. With lines such as 'I prefer to think of myself as a general between armies.' His allegence to Peter as the only alternative to Achilles, is equally unbelievable - a genius would see only two alternatives? Petra makes war plans for Achilles without building in weaknesses because she thinks the war will never come to be? I ended up giving up and going to the last CD. Card is a brilliant writer, who, drunk with or pressured by the successes of game/speaker, may have carried on past the point of personal growth and enjoyment in his writing of this series.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Madison, WI, USA 03-30-03
    Todd Madison, WI, USA 03-30-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Very well written"

    I really like Orson Scott Card. All of the books are really well written. I thought this one was more dramatic than others. I certainly recommend listening to Enders Game before listening to this one. Based on Enders Game, I expected Peter to be a little bit more vicious than he was, but overall, very entertaining. Very political.

    I've decided that I like one narrator for a book. This switching off doesn't impress me. A good narrator can carry the whole book. I don't need a female to read female parts. I don't need a male to read male parts. A good narrator can change their tone and be male or female.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryle Ann Strehlow St. George, Utah 09-25-12
    Sheryle Ann Strehlow St. George, Utah 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this series."
    What did you love best about Shadow of the Hegemon?

    I loved Enders Game. I was so glad I could continue the series. It was nice to get a different view of Peter.


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

    Shadow of the Giant was really good too. I loved the depth we get of all the characters.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was a good solid story. I enjoy Orson Scott Card a lot. I think Shadow of the Giant was my next favorite after Enders Game.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Phila, PA, United States 08-16-12
    Dan Phila, PA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "What is it with the word Hegemon?"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow of the Hegemon the most enjoyable?

    The overall Story keeps me wanting to know what's next, I can almost immerse myself into this fictional view of what is a believable possible future for or planet!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the usual suspects!


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This is where my only issue comes into play, throughout the book it's as if the reader maybe pronounced Hegemon incorrectly and the did a cheap cut and paste of another voice to say it correctly and it sounds horrible almost Comical really! Made it hard to listen to and really sink into because those cut and paste audio issues become like a smack in the forehead after the first few times! And it must happen a good 20/30 tea throughout maybe more!


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

    No it's not a emotional book


    Any additional comments?

    Fire whoever is responsible for those audio issues because it completely ruins the listening experence!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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