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Shadow of the Hegemon Audiobook

Shadow of the Hegemon

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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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    Auntie M 02-05-17
    Auntie M 02-05-17
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    "Great, except for one actor and the music"

    The book itself (as in the story and the writing) hardly needs more praise. It's classic Card. As always, "thanks, Scott!"

    My gripe is with the silly ditty that was inserted between chapters. Totally unnecessary and quite annoying in the repetition. My suggestion is to the 'casting director' --- please don't use the actor who read Peter Wiggin again. Peter, as much as we may not particularly like him (I only put up with him because Valentine did/does), is a strong, autocratic, and brilliant person....but the actor read him as a simpering, misunderstood teenager with delusions of grandeur. If Locke had sounded like that, he would never have been taken at all seriously, much less been made Hegemon, even if in this early part of the story the Hegemony is but a "shadow of its former self".

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    Rowan Elsey Sydney, NSW, AU 02-03-17
    Rowan Elsey Sydney, NSW, AU 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I listened the sh*t out of this book!"

    Oh to be as brilliant as Bean....
    Another amazing book in the series.
    Bean's character grows further in this book as do other characters from the final Formic battles from Ender's Game. This book is more like a giant chess game being played out between the major characters and played in the strategic style we have seen (I.e. the instant and far reaching thought processes that go behind each move) and loved so far in the series.
    If I had to name a favourite, hard as it would be, this would be it. Though this book can stand on its own, Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow really should be prerequisites if you want the best experience here.
    As suggested by other reviewers I am reading the books in the timeline of events as they happen within the Enderverse and I think this works well.

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    Preston Tharp 01-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book, terrible audio."

    I love the Ender stories, and this is no exception. The struggle for power on Earth after the bugger wars is full of shock and turmoil.

    The narrators do an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, and I can't picture enjoying the story any other way.

    That being said, the audio through this entire book was muffled and scratchy with random bursts of one or two clear words that were obviously from a different recording. The transition music didn't fit the mood of the book AT ALL, and the whole recording quality made it difficult to listen to.

    All of the other Ender books have been great quality recordings, so this audiobook feels like a one off screw up. Regardless of quality, this book is important to the story so we're kind of stuck with it.

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    J Graves Clifton, VA United States 01-10-17
    J Graves Clifton, VA United States 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, pretty good performances, ridiculous music"

    This is a pretty enjoyable continuing story of Bean and Petra and the other battle school kids. As far as the story goes, it is likely to be where I part ways with the series as it becomes more involved with themes that interest me less, as happened with follow-ups to Ender's Game.

    As to the production, the performers were good, with only a couple of annoyingly mispronounced words. There is some strange editing in one scene in which one word appears to have been patched or dubbed in a couple of times in a very peculiar, almost mechanical voice. It should not have passed into the final product.

    The music is embarrassingly bad and does not contribute to the overall production. It sounds like a seventh grader fooling around on the instrument effects on his electronic keyboard. They should have left it out.

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    Baka_uDa 01-08-17
    Baka_uDa 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    The story and performance of said story were both great, with two minor issues. The first is that most chapters have the same narrator speaking all roles, while others switch roles with different narrators. The second and only reason for the lack of 5 stars was the forced change of some key words. If I remember the original book. The words president or king or monarch were changed to Hedgemon by different narrators in mid sentence. I hope they either return those words back to the originals or have the original narrators voiceover those lines or reread those sentences and edit them in more fluidly.
    Overall I still love the books and will continue on now to the next story.

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    Mark 01-07-17
    Mark 01-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Parallel"

    This book does a great job to parallel Orson's book, Ender In Exile. It does it so well, that I am compelled to reread Ender In Exile, while having a better understanding of the Enders Game universe.

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    Scott 12-31-16
    Scott 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The audio quality sucks"

    Loving the Bean series and this story continues to show Beans military genius as well as his overall brilliance. The quality of the recording really detracts from the story. "Hegemon" is said differently like from a different recording. Everything sounds like it is in a tin can and muffled. Seriously, the quality is a joke.

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    Thack Archuletta 12-10-16
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    "Recording was lower quality than previous books"

    So first all, the Ender's Game series is incredible. Listen to this book if you haven't yet! Just as for this particular book in the series, the audio of the voice actors was of a lower quality than the previous ones. There was also rerecorded audio bits placed here and there to fix the pronunciation of "Hegemon" which was more bothersome than just letting the original voice actors pronounce it incorrectly. That's the only complaint I have. Otherwise, it's a fantastic book in the series.

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    Scott 12-02-16
    Scott 12-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the Series"

    I heard this book before and was a must have for my own audible collection. Good story and overall a must have for and enders game fan who does not have it...

    honestly I will say the voice actors do a surpurb job bringing these stories to life

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    MostlyArmless 11-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good book, a couple small performance issues"

    great book, but i wish the voice talents would all sit down together and agree on the pronunciation of the words we're not used to hearing aloud. they all got "hegemon" wrong (though scott brick's mispronunciations were obviously rerecorded). Similarly with the character "Achilles". oh well. definitely worth listening to anyways.

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