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.
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I enjoyed the journey. It was fascinating to follow the deductive reasoning and logical thinking of the "Wandering Man" that Rigg calls "Father" and listen while Orson Scott Card weaves his intricate plot. The time travel paradox that he chose to embrace was sometimes a little too confusing, but he makes us think and most of the time that's a good thing. However, there were a few times I wanted to scream, "Enough, already!" Other than that, I loved it.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
My god, really? This is the author everyone fawns over.
It was my first OSC card book, and likely my last.
It's like listening to a chess match. UGHGHhhhh. The characters about as real life as Greek theater.
Honestly thought I was listening to a young adult book. Was I, and just missed it?
I tried. Really I did. I muscled through 3/4 of this thing, but it finally just wore me down.
And STUPID character names. LOAF? UMBO? Really? gahhhhh.
Story was die hard Sci Fi Fantasy lovers only! So hard to keep listening with the multi-faceted story line and somewhat monotone narrator. I like to get lost in a book and not have to analyze and think extra hard. Therefore if you enjoy a challenge and like to think intricately then this book is for you.
Yes. More so from the author than the type. I like more simplistic sci-fi fantasy books where I don't have to think so hard.
Yes with different author.
One positive attribute about this book is the language. Often I find authors put in swear words when really unnecessary. This book had no foul language and I found that refreshing.
My primary suggestion would be to have someone else narrate. The primary narrator was impossibly bad.
I've read many of Orson Scott Card's books and am a big fan of his. Listening to this book was torture, however, and I would recommend avoiding books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.
I'd like to say that the story was good despite the bad narration, but I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy it at all.
Yes, I will not listen to another OSC book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, which unfortunately seems to be the majority.
Just about anyone would have done better. I don't understand how someone's voice could be so devoid of emotion and yet so irritating. Michael Kramer, for example, could have done a great job.
Please, do not waste your money.
I enjoyed the Ender series but found that they were standalone novels. This book is not. I realize that this is the first book of a series ( Two so far, I believe) but still I would wish for some sort of conclusion which there is not with 'The Pathfinder'. I also did not enjoy the constant switching of narrators. When I first looked at the list of narrators I thought that it was going to be a cast... it is not. To me, change for change sake. That being said i enjoyed the novel and I enjoyed the concepts utilized in the story, complicated at times but fun! Read this novel knowing that you have to read the next to get fulfillment. If this is too much of a commitment, skip it.
Pathfinder fits well into the sci-fi/fantasy genre, with lots of fantasy overtones and settings ("magic", more of a medieval feel) with scientific explanations. This setting again enables Orson Scott Card (of Ender's Game fame) to demonstrate his amazing story weaving abilities.
Rigg is forced onto a journey by the death of his father, being told to find a sister he never knew he had, and learning throughout that he's not who he thought he was. There are lots of twists and turns throughout his journey, multiplied by the way this story plays with time.
The reading itself was generally well done, although having different voices reading different chapters hurt my immersion at times. Overall, all of the readers had good voices, but were just different enough for me to get distracted. The story itself was worth the minor problems in reading, and made this well worth a listen.
Yes, because I love OSC writing and this seems to be the beginning of a great book series.
Yes.... WRITE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE