This is an enjoyable story. I really cared about the characters. Immediately purchased the 2nd book when I finished this one.
A Traveling Listener
I usually love Card and have read most of what he has published. It was a surprise to find myself hoping for the book to end. While parts of the book were interesting, many more were long-winded postulations as to the nature of paradox and time flow. I began to feel that I needed to find a rabbit hole myself.
Orson you are a genius! Brilliant time travel science paradigms back by a great story.
Like Ender, we have punchy characters developing throughout the narrative. A great book.
The story really captured my attention and kept me interested. I enjoyed the fact that it was a science fiction story set in a time that in many ways resembled much earlier history on earth.
The narrators do a great job giving voice to the characters.
My teenage daughter also loved the book and it's fun to listen to the same thing and be able to talk about it.
I really enjoyed this book. I was it full of fun si-fi concepts. Time travel, space travel, evolution... etc. I would totally recommend this for anyone but especially young adults. I found my self laughing out loud on many occasions and deep in thought. I love Orson Scott Cards style of telling a story.
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.
Crossing the wall
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?!