Jazz Cat's Mom
There are many Orson Scott Card books that I really love, but not so much this one. The writing is excellent, of course, the characters were well-developed, and the plot was interesting. The time-travel aspect of the story was a key element, which was explained in some detail . . . over and over again. Much of the book was devoted to the characters discussing and thinking about how and why their particular time-travel events came to be, and how each character's particular "powers" were related to all the powers of all the other characters. I think OSC had a very good idea of how his theories were applied, but it was simply muddled for me. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been much shorter and simply assumed that in this universe, time-travel happened, here's how, and the result. I did listen to all of the book and may even read the sequel (ending left open for that), since I did enjoy the performance and liked the characters and now want to know what becomes of them. Hopefully, all the set-up has been done in book 1 and the story will move along at a faster pace.
The theories of time travel and space folding are distinct from any other book I've read. I was very captiviated throughout the adventure.
There was room left for a possible series. I hope this becomes a series.
Very entertaining book.
I personally enjoyed the ending. Particularily the escape from his 'imprisonment'.
The narrators do a great job brining this story to life.
Great original idea for a story. Well written. But a very inconsistent performance by multiple performers. Some were well done, but one was so overly pronunciated it pulled me out of the story.
Would have better been read myself
Didnt take long to get hooked. OSC more please! Multiple readers work to perfection. Story line has so much potential.
I enjoyed 'The Lost Gate' much much more than this story, which was interesting, great characters, well narrated, a good way to pass the time, but just not quite enough 'there' was there for me to give it the full 4 stars.
I would read any sequel to this book, as this book sort of gives the impression of being the 'warm up' for a long series.
I think that having characters who can time-travel works against the dramatic pacing of any book and OSC comes as close as possible to making it work. I almost had the feeling like I was listening to the world's best, and longest shaggy dog tale.
I didn't care for this book. For me, it lacked convincing character development, had a flat/linear plot line and portrayed characters with almost comical superhuman abilities. Be sure to preview before you wade into this book to get a peek at the writing style which I found sorely lacking. Also, why so many readers - they don't take on the voice of individual characters but just read a section of the book. I'll be sure to avoid O.S. Card in the future.