I was grabbed by the story from the begining and couldn't stop listeing. To say that OSC gives new dimension to writing may be cliche but the maze of time jumping gave a very new and original feel. I loved this audio book and can't wait til book 2. Adding this to your library is for certain a great choice!!
Having multiple narrators is an interesting study in how a different reader in an audio book can really change your perceptions of the characters and the story. In some cases I found the switch from on narrator to another jarring to my perceptions of the characters that the narrator was reading. It was interesting but did not take away from the book too much since each narrator was talented.
The book itself is a treasure. It's strange and unique and I love it.
You won't be dissapointed. You will only want more. I was taken aback by the alternating narrators at first, but then it made sense, different voices for the different points of view. Very nice.
Little slow at the start, and I also figured out the ending well in advance. I did like how the two stories finally came together, but all in all a fine book worth listening to. Just a note, I would have given this book 4 stars but midway though the book a different narrator takes over 2 of the characters, and then an hour later the old narrator returns, kind of ruined one of the most interesting parts of the book.
This is the 2nd OSC book I've listened to. As with the other, Pathfinder is challenging and keeps you thinking! I didn't give it 5 stars because it does drag at times, but my 11 year old son and I loved listening to it and talking about it and making guess all along the journey!
I love the combination of Orson Scott Card and Stefan Rudnicki. They are both such fabulous storytellers. This book was a fascinating listen, and a great beginning to a series. It was a little similar to Alvin Maker, but it was evolved to a new and unique level. I'm excited to hear the next one!
Orson Scott Card delivers again in this book. It may be meant for teens, but all will enjoy it. This is a great book, worth the time. Can't wait for the sequel!
I'm a fan of several of Card's previous books and like stories involving time travel, but I found the discussion of time travel in this book tedious and the main character too perfect. The switching between narrators didn't help. I won't buy the sequel. Two-and-a-half stars if that were possible.
I've found that when it comes to Orson Scott Card's writing and I, it's a bit of a love/hate relationship. I find myself, over and over, coming back to his books because of the crazy ideas that they embody, but then at some point or another just want him to skip the pages of pondering a character does before acting on something. In the case of Pathfinder, the story was very enjoyable, and I loved how the two stories that were running parallel for the majority of the book were woven together. Something I don't understand is why there are so many narrators, since they just took turns reading the whole part. This is something that I've noticed in other audiobooks of Card's stories, such as Speaker for the Dead. For the most part, I didn't notice when one voice gave way to another...but there was one change around chapter 17-18 that absolutely took me out of the story, it was so drastic. Suddenly, characters like Loaf and Umbo were being portrayed with totally different inflections and voices that it took me a long time to settle into the new narrator and fall back into the story.
This is a good read for any sci-fi fan, or anyone that's into time travel or fantasy in general.