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Shadow of the Hegemon

Series: The Enderverse, Book 7, Ender's Shadow, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

Please note: This 2001 recording represents the technology of the time when it was produced. This is currently the best available source audio from the publisher.

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Great Story with the worst Audio ever recorded!

I know many other reviews have spoken about it....but if you took a cassette recorder with an old cigar length external microphone, and you recorded audio for a book, then have it read by several different people who play all the characters at some point for no reason, let it age for 30 years, then dub it to CD..... and when the audio drops out so low you have someone reread it in a different voice over the top of the original recording, you have Shadow of the Hegemon. Wow....how could they let this go out and then never fix it. This is a $35 audio book!!?? To quote the great Gomer Pyle "For shame, for shame for shame"

The story however kept my attention in between audio drops. The story has continued and fortunately is so strong I managed to keep listening through the horrid audio.

Petra...is one hell of a strong character!....Bean is Bean....brilliant, arrogant, and, just a little kid.

Gabrielle de Cuir....I think someone called her "Miss Dramatic" in a different review, is at it again...ooooooooh the poor child, oooooooooh so sad. Geez. Does she mispronounce Achilles name on purpose? When she pronounced it as Asheeel in prior books? Don't know. I know I know, it's the French pronunciation. She just confuses things even more.

Scott Card has written another in depth character driven story
(even though he gets preachy as usual) ..that keeps me wanting yet more and more. Why he would let this mess of a recording stay online literally for between 5 to 10 years or more is crazy!! Fix this thing!!

Joel

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Great book, poor transfer

I have read five other books in this series, and Shadow of the Hegemon is yet another great story, that I highly recommend. If you have listened to any of the other books in this series, you will already be familiar with the acting work, as these are the same voices used throughout this series.

What is very disappointing is the work done to transfer the title to the audible format. The title plays very muddy, and I had to set my treble all the way up, and bass all the way down. In addition, there are several places where the tone suddenly shifts to a high pitch, stays that way briefly, then jumps back to the muddy low tone of most of the work. Really, Audible, this recording needs to be recaptured from the source material.

65 of 67 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

The Saga Continues.....

Note the word CONTINUES. This is a wonderful book, if you have fallen in love, as I have, with these characters. My suggestion is to read "Ender's Game"...then "Ender's Shadow"...then proceed to this book. "Speaker for the Dead"(my personal favorite), although an amazing book in itself does not need to be read to thoroughly enjoy this one.
What I find so fascinating is, how Card, thru these sequels and/or parallels, takes characters that you thought you understood and knew, and gives them dimension and substance, that of course, you didn't know, because he never told you. I personally have alway enjoyed his characterizations, more than the story, but because Card makes me care about the characters so much, I then care what happens to them, hence the story then becomes important. I always listen twice to each book, because he tends to foreshadow so much that I sometimes "miss" things the first time around.
If you haven't at least read "Ender's Shadow", don't read this! You have to know and love, or know and hate these characters for the full savoring of this amazing "world" that Card has created for us.
Now for me, with excitement and anticipation, it is on to "Shadow Puppets". I can only imagine its delights. I hope your journey is as delicious as mine!

75 of 78 people found this review helpful

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Great Book -- Technical Problem

Note that if you download this book, there is a (possibly confusing) technical flaw. In part I, at around the 3:37:55 mark, the recording seems to pause, then begins repeating the last half-hour or so (picking up at what the listener heard starting at around the 3:09:16 mark). The narrative then continues smoothly through, but can produce odd feelings of deja vu. ;) So, at the 3:37:55 mark, when you think, "Didn't I just hear this part?!" Just fast-forward up to about 4:06 and you'll be fine.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Recorded in a tin can?

This is an excellent story (as are most by Mr Scott Card), read by extremely talented people. Then the money ran out, or something. It's strange that the sound can be so shabby in this day and age. And the music? SHEESH! The author and actors work hard to create an eerie, nail-biting mood, then in comes happy elevator music made on a kiddie keyboard from the 80's. Gone is the suspence!
Audible usually makes me feel that the books I buy here are well worth the price. Not this one though. I got sorta ripped off.
I still recommend this one though. Just be warned of the tinny, unprofessional production. Five stars for the story. Five stars for the actors. Half a star for the guy who was responsible for the sound and music.

50 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Achilles Heel for Audible

I agree with the main annoyances of the recording previously posted by many others. There were just too many glitches in the production for them to be overlooked. The story was decent, but the audio blunders were very distracting. This book needs to be re-recorded with everyone on the same page and properly edited. A free download of an acceptable recording, for those of us who purchased the original, would also be nice.

60 of 63 people found this review helpful

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Good story...bad production

I really enjoy Orson Scott Card's stories but unfortunately I had a science fiction bias when I bought this book. There is in fact little to no science fiction in this book. It's Earth bound and in the future, that's it. Good story though.

The production is poor. Everyone has their own preferences as to how narration is done but I'm sure all agree that the editing of corrections and music are like loud bangs in a quiet room. Clearly it wasn't until the end that someone pointed out the mispronuciations of names and words. The solution of letting some instances slide, warbling others, and dropping in mismatched re-records was just plain BAD. You can get through it but you may feel you didn't get your money's worth.

56 of 59 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Poor Performance

I'm a huge fan of the Ender series, and I have had the good fortune of listening to the entire series thus far on audiobook (which as Card says is his preferred format). This is another fantastic story involving Bean, who is now living on Earth after the Formic War.

Unfortunately, the production quality of this audiobook is extremely poor compared to the previous books in the series. Initially, the audio was very poor quality and the volume was very low. While the audio levels eventually became normal again, the audio quality was often very poor with certain voice actors.

Multiple mispronunciations plagued this performance, which varied from minor to major distractions. The word Hegemon (being the title of the book, no less) was mispronounced throughout the entire audiobook, and was crudely dubbed over with the correct pronunciation by what sounded to be a different actor.

Finally, the name of the antagonist was severely mispronounced throughout the book, with the exception of a few correct pronunciations strewn intermittently throughout the performance. Achilles, the Battle School failure who later became involved involved in global politics, was pronounced phonetically, instead of with the correct French pronunciation "a-SHEEL". This pronunciation was made very clear in Ender's Shadow, so it was very hard to become accustomed to the mispronounced version. At first, I thought that it was being mispronounced because the character being spoken through did not know the correct pronunciation, but I soon realized that was not the case. The same voice actor would pronounce it correctly in one part of the book, then completely the opposite in a later part of the book.

In summary, I would greatly recommend this book, but do be aware of the audiobook's multiple problems. I am very surprised that this has not been addressed yet, and I hope it is republished in the future.

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Good story, terrible recording

Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

I have listened to and enjoyed many of Orson Scott Card's book by this creative team. While I enjoyed the books (with one notable exception), the performances and production have always been top notch. Until this book.

How could the performance have been better?

The recording and production of this book are the worst of any Card novel I've heard. Apparently no one could decide how to pronounce "Hegemon" during recording, but someone obviously went back in and overdubbed the pronunciation of that one particular word, over and over again. Plus the music was terrible cheesy, and the overall sound quality was not up to spec. Disappointing from a group I have known can produce top quality recordings.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Bean & Petra come to the forefront

This book takes place on Earth after the Bugger War and per the author himself this book was inspired by a favorite board game from his childhood: Risk. This book presents to the listener a global game of Risk where the main players are Achilles and Peter Wiggen along with a few of the Battle School kids from Ender's Game. Political and Military maneuvering form the core of this story and Orson Scott Card has clearly put some thought into the geo-political scenarios he presents.

This book also flushes out the back stories of both Bean and Petra and the relationship between them. Bean winds up learning many key things about his own background as the story progresses and the way you view him will fundamentally change. I found Bean's backstory to be more interesting than I expected and for me this was the better part of the story.

Be warned that the recording is pretty poorly done. The readers are good but it is obvious that certain words like Hegemon were mispronounced during the recording. The solution deployed here was to edit in a different reader saying the word correctly after the fact and this makes for a pretty poor listening experience.

So if you can tolerate the poor recording and are interested in learning more about Bean and Petra then give this one a go but if you are looking for more space based Sci-Fi then you should look elsewhere.

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  • Helen
  • 03-07-11

Excellent but spoiled by some awful overdubbing

This is the first audiobook I've listened to where I hadn't already read the story and I found it very enjoyable. I find the narration of the Ender series very well done with the voice talent very effective at getting across the different aspects of the story. For some reason, tho, this particular audio book has the word 'Hegemon' overdubbed - by the same actor, true, but so obviously that the word is sometimes shouted, the sound quality varies and it is very distracting. The other books in this series haven't had that fault and I'm really hoping none of the others do as it had the effect of completely affecting the mood.

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  • Giulio
  • 10-30-05

Excellent Audio rendition of an excellent book

First the Audio - this is a top-notch production, well voiced, with multiple readers, each giving a different voice to the primary characters. In fact, it is closer to a performance than a reading. A set of closing comments by Scott Card mention that his novels are meant to be read aloud. You can understand why as this makes for a truly gripping listen.

The story is also excellent. It centres primarily about Bean and Petra as they struggle to prevent Achilles from making a play for world domination in the political chaos following the conclusion of the Formic wars. Several Battle school graduates play important roles and it is quite suspenseful, the lives of the characters, not to mention global domination, hang in the balance. The plot also offers some interesting views on how nations may jockey with each other for global dominance. Card refers to this book as a book about 'the great game', and while you may not agree that some of the scenarios he spins are plausible, I found them to be so. In fact, I found some of the geopolitical subplots a somewhat scary prediction on the next 50 years.

I had not read Ender's Shadow in a while (the previous book dealing with the character of Bean) and I did not remember most of it. I do not think it is necessary to have read it to enjoy this book. I do however recommend reading (or re-reading) Ender's Game before this one, as it increases the understanding of the background and increases the emotional investment in the main characters. There is an excellent audio version of Ender's Game on Audible.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Animar
  • 08-02-13

Fresh groundwork but lacks an engaging premise

Whilst I would not hesitate to recommend Enders game and the sequels that follow Ender into an imaginative future, the philosophies and character tensions are rather lost back on earth where the story evolves like a shallow game of risk.

The quality of this recording is below par with some obvious editing issues around the word "Hegemon". Okay for the curious but not Scott at his best.

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  • J. Weaver
  • 11-08-19

Great story, terrible narration

The narrators were apparently not given any direction, and words like Achilles, Bonzo, and Hegemon (and others) were mispronounced inconsistently throughout. There's about a dozen places in the audio where one of the narrators mispronounced Hegemon so terribly that it had to be overdubbed, and they did a poor job of it. It completely tears you away from any immersion you may have in the story.

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  • Judith McSpadden
  • 09-23-19

Dodgey editing

It would help if the narrators checked the pronunciation of the title prior to recording 😂Some awful edits cut in for the words ‘hegemon’ and ‘hegemony’. The weird harpsichord music didn’t add much. Otherwise, enjoyable but not the best of the series.

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  • Luke Hildrew
  • 02-04-19

great story and actors <br />stupid music

great story and actors but the music at the end of each chapter breaks the immersion

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  • Reuben
  • 10-08-18

jittery voice? great story

changed voice every time the word hegemon was mentioned, could have been a cool affect but just took me out off the action completely.
other than that if you've gotten this far into Orson Scott card's books then this wont disappoint

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-18

5 stars, some performance issues

Good book over all ,some problems with the performances with voice changing to say the word hegemon and then reverting back to original voice.

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  • Calum Craig
  • 03-09-18

great book

the narrator's for these books are fantastic, the story is very interesting and thought provoking. one small issue is that there are a few weird cuts or dubs throughout the book and the music at the end of each chapter is annoying.

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  • D. Brown
  • 09-11-17

Live the story but

Please, the lane music must stop, and if an actor mispronounces a word that is in the title of the book, replacing that single word 80% of the time with a different actors voice is not a real solution - it's like replacing Leo di Caprio with Harrison Ford on screen for 2 seconds and a single word. It jars the listener out of the disbelief of being in story and is just shoddy production. All of the other Orson Scott Card books are produced so much better than this.

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  • Matt
  • 01-21-16

Performance was not very good

What disappointed you about Shadow of the Hegemon?

It is just a poor production overall

What did you like best about this story?

the storyline was very good

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

It was very poorly edited and they pronunciations were not consistent between the narrators.

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

none, but i would have fixed a lot of the recording

Any additional comments?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-19

good

I love all the characterz so much wow. some parts of the story were hard to understand but still good