At various times author got too cute (or camp) about the conflicts in time travel.
The time travel premise was interesting.
I like the work of Orson Scott Card, particularly the Ender's Game series. I wasn't captured by The Pathfinder as I was with Ender's Game.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I enjoyed the multiple view points of events as they unfolded in the book.
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Crossing the wall
The author purposefully violates many of the accepted rules of time travel, which I found to be distracting, but overall the book caries a tone much like the Tales of the Otori series which I enjoyed. Pathfinder however was predictable in most cases and I am lacking any series interest in reading the second book in the series because I feel like I already know what will happen.
I've always been a fan of Scott's work. I couldn't stop with the Ender series, and now the Pathfinder series, to bad there are only 2 books in the series available right now. I'm sure i will listen to the rest of this series.
This is a thrilling, fast moving story filled with memorable characters and a brilliantly realized setting. The narration was top notch, with a different narrator for each PoV character. I know this multi-narration is distracting for some folks, but it is mostly well done, with one extreme exception that potentially ruins the whole thing.
About 2/3rds through the story the POV shifts to Loaf for a bit, and we get what sounds like a drunk guy overacting to such a distracting and nonsensical degree that it is basically un-listenable. I can only imagine that whoever decided that this was an acceptable narration was also drunk, as I can't see how anyone of complete faculties could have allowed this mess to remain in the production.
The worst sin of any narration is to draw so much attention to itself as to detract from the story, and this guy really sounds like he was trying to show off instead of staying true to what had been established by the other narrators. He ruins the established characterizations, ruins the pacing, ruins the dialogue, ruins the description, ruins the whole section he reads in every fathomable way. It is so bad I had to stop listening several times just to take a break from it.
Even worse, it comes at a pivotal point in the story that I can't reveal without spoiling things. All I can say is what were they thinking?!
Definitely the better of the two Pathfinder books. I'm not sure if it is just novelty wearing off, or if there are just too many inconsistencies in the second. Great narration!
Somewhere near the top in some ways, but I've listened to a lot of audiobooks...
The narration was good. The time travel concepts worked for me, and seemed logical.
I wasn't a fan of the way the characters would occasionally bicker with each other. They argue at bad times for bad reasons, and it seems that bickering is used to fill up story that could be used for something else. I can't honestly say I liked any of the characters.
Orson loves the coming of age books, and he is a master of making our race better.... Smarter, giving us hope that yes we can make it out of our own weaknesses.
I enjoyed the two stories converging into one, and I like that he took all the rules of time travel, and threw them out the window.
Iliked all the narrators except for the one portraying loaf's character's point of view thank good it was only one chapter.
At the beginning of each chapter was a highly theoretical discussion about space travel, I though that was very interesting.
Pathfinder is classic Card. It's a fun story with well developed characters an interesting plot and exceptional dialog. If you prefer action to plot, then this will likely be a disappointment. If you enjoy watching a story unfold then then kick back and enjoy the ride. This one feels a bit more like Lost Gate than Ender's Game but it does have a healthy dose of power and politics along with some math and physics. Don't let that scare you though. Although OSC works hard to stay true some physical laws, this is fiction and he takes his liberties also. I was moved, amused and thoroughly entertained. This is Card at his best.
I fell in love with Card 20 years ago, like many after reading the Ender Series.
I really liked the way this story is broken into two parts with a quick glimpse of the back story at the beginning of each chapter, and overall it is an interesting world, and a interesting plot. I did enjoy the overall story and wanted to see how it came out, but the book get tedious in places. We are given the thought processes of everyone, reasoning out everything, at each new tiny step. In fact I think about half the novel was someone thinking about the possible motivation of others and the consequences of their actions. Card seemed to include all the stuff an author normally figures out, but doesn't usually actually put in the book. After a while I was begging them to get on with the plot. If the characters are acting in a realist, believable way, then you don’t have to include their entire thought process.
Mild spoiler: I know Card wanted to play around with a different version of time travel than most authors, he says so himself in the closing notes. I found it hard to believe someone of this of this pseudo pre-industrial society would sit around talking about the implications of time travel. They would probably just do it and see what happens.
I'll probably listen to the next book in the series, but I may wait a while.