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.
I loved this book. The double plot line is skillfully interweaved and the inventiveness of the story line is refreshing. I don't want to comment anymore for fear of giving anything away. There was a slight unevenness in the pace in the beginning but it picked up quickly and then it was easy to get swept along with the story. The narration was excellent overall. The narrator for the character of Loaf was grating to me, and sounded over acted but it was a very small part of the book. I can't wait to listen to book 2
The narrator carries this book. The segments with Ram Oden are the best part. The sound of this guys voice is worth money.
A lot of the book is medieval fantasy peasants arguing about the rules of time travel, which is both annoying and enjoyably bizarre, the oddness of it.
The ending sets up this AMAZING idea for a sequel. You will know what that is when you get to the end! (However Book 2 "Rift" doesn't even get us to this point, maybe Book 3 will fulfill this promise.
Great character development, very descriptive well thought out world. This book had me hooked from the start and didn't let up, can't wait to get stuck into the next one.
Probably would not recommend it to a friend because I am 28 and the book is not mature enough for my accidental peer-group.
On the basis of this first of Card's writing that I have listened, I indeed sought another Card book immediately after.
Solid narrator is a gem, and here there are four. The female narrator gives only chapter titles.
Three young friends find their identity across folds in time.
Young people should listen to this book. The physics, space-time, erudite dialogue between the captain Ram and the Expendable companion, and sci fi elements all satisfying. Characters are well created and given heart. The writing is not challenging, in fact, it's almost challengingly basic when depictions are made and internal thought processes given. Find the right gear and this book reads effortlessly, well-paced.