We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$35.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

Recording (P) 2001 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©2001 by TOR

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (3521 )
5 star
 (1867)
4 star
 (1173)
3 star
 (380)
2 star
 (67)
1 star
 (34)
Overall
4.5 (2071 )
5 star
 (1259)
4 star
 (569)
3 star
 (198)
2 star
 (39)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.4 (2056 )
5 star
 (1242)
4 star
 (483)
3 star
 (208)
2 star
 (67)
1 star
 (56)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Brenner United States 05-15-13
    Brenner United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""OSC" good... "Hegemon" bad"
    What other book might you compare Shadow of the Hegemon to and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kat Sewell, NJ, United States 05-09-13
    Kat Sewell, NJ, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrators have forgotten how to pronounce words!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matthew Tonak Franklin, MN United States 05-07-13
    Matthew Tonak Franklin, MN United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor Quality All Around"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    • 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?"


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan GLYNDON, MD, United States 04-10-13
    Jonathan GLYNDON, MD, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2005

    jonl001

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good book, good readers - Terribly produced"

    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.
    .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Fujimagari Carstairs, Alberta Canada 03-08-13
    John Fujimagari Carstairs, Alberta Canada 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Photographer, Traveler, Ponderer, Philosopher, Blogger

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Excellent Enderverse Tale"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A. Soriano 02-26-13
    A. Soriano 02-26-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story. Great Reading. Poor Recording."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of the Hegemon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ken Belleville, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Ken Belleville, MI, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    146
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Satisfied Customer"

    Orson Scott Card rarely disappoints and this is no exception. The second book in the "Shadow" sub-series follows Bean on a quest to rescue Petra Arcana and stop a power hungry mad-man from plunging human-kind into another World War.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Trevor R Newark, Ohio 01-21-13
    Trevor R Newark, Ohio 01-21-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book! Weird issues though."

    This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it (especially if you have enjoyed the other Ender/Bean books). I took one star off the performance rating for two reasons:

    1) There is extremely cheesy midi music between each chapter. My wife and I literally laughed out loud every time there was a chapter change.

    2). SEVERAL times during this book it was clear the narrator mispronounced "Hegemon" and they had to re-record someone else saying it correctly. As a listener it would pull me out of the experience when I would be happily listening to a portion of the story and every time they said "Hegemon" it was in a different voice.


    Otherwise---This book is as fantastic as the others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 01-03-13
    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 01-03-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Ralston 12-23-12
    Ralston 12-23-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Showing: 81-90 of 110 results PREVIOUS1891011NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.