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
This story was so disappointing after following the series this long. The developing of a possible love story with Bean later seemed awkward. Supporting characters were portrayed as idiotic for the most part. And the recording was strange. Whenever the word "Hegemon" was used, another creepy voice came on. and the way the emails were read robotically at the beginning of chapters was hard to listen to.
Great story. Again, OSC hit the nail on the head and delivered a moving tale of strategy and heroism. I struggled with the voice overs that were done to correct the pronunciation of "Hegemon". These were of poor quality and did not appear to even be the same actor.
This is the 5th book I've listened to in the Ender or Shadow series. This has made a big jump to the front. How can OSC be so brilliant at war strategy to come up with this? My only complaint is that the word "Hegemon" is edited into the audio for some reason, and it is neither subtle nor well done
This is a great book. Always has been. Apparently someone was unhappy with the way this recording pronounced hegemon. However you pronounce it I promise, the ham handed corrections are worse.
I love OSC's Shadow series and the narrators are excellent. My only issue is with the annoying music between the sections and the very obvious editing changing how the word Hegemon is pronounced. The correction is far more distracting than whatever they are trying to fix.
It is distracting when pronunciations of names are established in a prior book, then disregarded in the next. Not only does this performance have that in spades, but it bounces back and forth between pronunciations among a single voice actor.
Additionally, post production over dubbed all pronunciations of Hegemon with a different actor. You'd think that since that one was in the title it might get a bit more scrutiny the first time around.
This, IMO is a big distraction to an otherwise good story.
the voice actors have been amazing in all the enders game books leading up to this one. but for some reason through out this book they couldnt pronounce characters names correctly and also pronounced hegemon incorrectly. they tried to cover it up by voicing over it... badly
Enjoyed the narration, just as I have the other books in the Ender Series. I still like Enders Shadow better, but got wrapped right back up into following the battle school characters again. Card has a unique ability to blend fiction with world politics and military strategy. Another great book.
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