Shadow of the Hegemon

Version: Unabridged
Author: Orson Scott Card
Narrator: David Birney , Scott Brick
Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" is one of the most popular science fiction novels ever written. "Ender's Game" won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. It tells 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.
Ender was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In "Ender's Shadow," 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 his 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.

Reviews (7)

Written by Amanda B. on January 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Ender series and the shadow series are my favorite book series. nothing has topped them yet.

Shadow of the Hegemon

Written by Anthony C on March 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book.

Written by John Lauder on January 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Nice book series.

Shadow of the Hegemon

Written by Christopher Becken on November 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I do like the book series.

Written by Jean-Luc Guedez on June 3rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

there are too many editorial error and gaps. the story is great but terrible editing

Must-Read for all Ender Fans

Written by A. Teal on September 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

With the common enemy destroyed mankind goes back to feuding with itself. Despite the warnings of Locke (aka Peter Wiggin) the battle school children are returned to their parents with the hope to give them back a normal childhood. Promptly they are abducted to serve the purpose of one man's effort to rule the world. This book will be a disappointment to the sci-fi fan because there is little high-tech in it, but lots of political strategy and insight in the human spirit. A must for all who read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow.

Understanding Bean

Written by Gene Sheppard from Marietta, GA on August 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is an excellent addition to the Ender Wiggin story. Here we find out about Bean’s origin, which is a shock, at least to me. Bean and Petra are extraordinarily bright and cleaver. If you liked the Ender Wiggin saga, you will most certainly enjoy this. The Sci-Fi enthusiast, new to this tale, may come away somewhat dissatisfied as the only Sci-Fi here is the idea Ender and Valentine are off world. To appreciate this story I highly recommend “Ender’s Game” before listening to this story.

Author Details

Author Details

Card, Orson Scott

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author of numerous genres.

Card's launch in the publishing industry was with science fiction (Hot Sleep and Capitol) and later fantasy (Songmaster). He remains best known for the seminal Ender's Game, which has been among the most popular sci-fi novels ever since its publication in 1985. Both Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were awarded both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the first author to win both of sci-fi's top prizes in consecutive years.

He has since branched out into contemporary fiction, such as , Treasure Box and Enchantment. Other works demonstrating his versatility include the novelization of the James Cameron film The Abyss, the alternate histories The Tales of Alvin Maker and Pastwatch, and Robota, a collaboration with Star Wars artist Doug Chiang.

His writing is dominated by detailed characterization and moral issues. As Card says, "We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness�the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction."

Some of his novels, for example Stone Tables, about the life of the Biblical prophet Moses; his Women of Genesis trilogy; The Folk Of The Fringe stories; and Saints, about Latter-day Saint pioneers, have explicit religious themes. In his other writings, the influence of his Mormon beliefs is less obvious; Card's Homecoming and Alvin Maker sagas are partly retellings of the Book of Mormon and the life of LDS founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

Card was born in Richland, Washington; raised in California, Arizona, and Utah; served an LDS mission in Brazil; graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah; and now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He and his wife Kristine are the parents of five children: Geoffrey (a published author in his own right), Emily (who adapted his short story "A Sepulchre of Songs" to the stage in Posing as People), Charlie Ben, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa. The children are named for the authors Chaucer, Bront� and Dickinson, Dickens, Mitchell, and Alcott.

In addition to his novels and short stories, Card has had an active career as a nonfiction writer. During the 1980s he wrote many technical articles and columns, primarily for Compute!'s Gazette and Ahoy!, two magazines covering Commodore microcomputers. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks Card began to write a weekly "War Watch" (later renamed "World Watch") column for the Greensboro Rhino Times which is archived on Card's website.